Latics late show is well earned – Leeds United 1 Wigan Athletic 1


Shaun MacDonald grabbed an important first goal for Latics

Shaun MacDonald volleyed a 91st minute equaliser to deservedly give Wigan a share of the points against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Chris Wood had given United the lead in the first half with a neat finish but Latics dominated the second half and should have been level before MacDonald’s late show.

Michael Jacobs hit the post and Nick Powell and Jake Buxton both had close range efforts well saved by Leeds keeper Rob Green.

Latics remain in 22nd spot in the Championship, but it is surely only a matter of time before they get the points their performances deserve and they start to climb the table.

Gary Caldwell made two changes from the team which started against Burton Albion with Will Grigg and David Perkins coming in for Adam Le Fondre and Yanic Wildschut.

Latics started confidently by moving the ball to good effect and enjoying plenty of possession.

In an even opening neither team created any clear cut opportunities until Chris Wood was on hand to put Leeds ahead on 29 minutes. Dan Burn unluckily played the ball against the legs of Hadi Sacko and the winger crossed the ball to Wood who expertly chested the ball down before volleying past Bogdan.

Latics responded to the setback and nearly drew level on 39 minutes. Will Grigg cut the ball back to Michael Jacobs and the midfielder’s low shot struck the base of the post from 12 yards out with Green beaten.

Soon afterwards they had another couple of great opportunities when both Nick Powell and Jake Buxton went close to getting on the score sheet.

Powell met Jacobs’ corner from the right hand side and forced a reflex save from Green before Buxton was unable to turn the rebound home, and the ball was cleared from the goal-line.

Latics went into the interval unlucky to be 1-0 down.

Caldwell replaced Jacobs with Yanic Wildschut at half time as Latics went in search of an equaliser.

Wigan were dominating possession but were finding it difficult to create clear cut opportunities. They forced a series of corners but were unable to captitalise on them and Leeds always looked dangerous on the break.

Adam Bogdan made a good save low down to deny Luke Aisling on 55 minutes as Leeds countered.

Caldwell replaced Nathan Byrne and Jake Buxton with Jordi Gomez and Craig Morgan on 62 minutes as Latics looked to unlock the home defence.

Nick Powell was having his best game for Latics since signing permanently and he was unlucky not to be awarded a foul on the edge of the box after being tripped but referee Peter Bankes dismissed appeals.

Bogdan did well to claw away a goal-bound effort from Wood, but it was Latics who were having the best of it. They were the team dominating possession and looking to create chances.

Max Power curled an effort just over the crossbar and moments later he couldn’t quite make his header count after good work by Wildschut.

But just when it looked like Latics might be out of luck the equaliser came from a Jordi Gomez corner. Max Power headed the deep cross back into the area towards MacDonald, who volleyed the ball home via the right hand post much to the delight of the small travelling band of Wigan fans.

About ianhaspinall

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2 Responses to Latics late show is well earned – Leeds United 1 Wigan Athletic 1

  1. Asim says:

    Very biased view, Leeds should have killed the game off, they had plenty of chances to win it. Remember Leeds had 13 chances to Wigan’s 11, how you can say Wigan dominated is beyond belief.

    • ianhaspinall says:

      Sorry can’t agree with you. Latics had 51% possession and 12 shots to Leeds 13. Latics had the better chances, were the team pressing for most of the second half and Leeds were defending for the most part.

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