12th Man – Turning draws into wins

Yanic Wildschut Wigan Athletic

Yanic Wildschut has yet to score this season.

Latics are now unbeaten in four games after the 1-1 draw at Elland Road on Tuesday night. Overall they have drawn five games and three in their last four. They are in 23rd 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.

The performances against Brentford, Burton and Leeds have been very good and with a little luck and some better finishing the points total could be so much better.

Gary Caldwell will be acutely aware that if the team had accrued six more points they would now be sitting comfortably in mid-table.

The team spirit, determination and commitment of the players cannot be faulted. They have shown they are a hard team to beat but they now need to turn the draws into wins and they will be able to move out of the relegation zone.

There’s no doubting that this is a tight division were any team is capable of beating another on the day. But what are the reasons why Latics aren’t turning the draws into victories?

Some would argue that it is because we don’t play with two central strikers. But we are still creating plenty of chances and yet we are not converting them.

Will Grigg is our top scorer with six goals but no other player has scored more than one goal and I think this is where the problem lies. Our midfield players haven’t scored the goals like they did last season.

Latics have seven players on one goal but then that’s it. Our midfield players and wingers just aren’t contributing enough goals.

Michael Jacobs scored 10 last season and has only scored one so far, Yanic Wilsdchut scored seven and Max Power scored six and both have yet to score this season.

Nick Powell probably had his best game for Latics at Leeds but he needs to be adding more goals to his repertoire. Jordi Gomez is another creative player who should be chipping in with more goals.

Midfielder Shaun MacDonald claimed an important first goal for the club at Leeds and it is time that others got in on the act.

It was always going to take awhile for the team to adapt to the Championship but now is the time for the midfield players to take more responsibility and ensure that they get on the score sheet.

Latics have a tough game coming up against third placed Brighton but with more goal-scoring input from the midfielders they are capable of claiming the three points.

This article was first published in the 12th Man column for the Wigan Evening Post on Friday 21st October 2016.

About ianhaspinall

Communications specialist, Wigan Athletic fan & blogger, interested in music, arts & culture.
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