Big win for Latics in battle for survival – Doncaster Rovers 1 Wigan Athletic 4

Joe Dodoo

Joe Dodoo opened the scoring for Latics

* Wigan Athletic produced an emphatic 4-1 victory at play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers to move within one point of safety in the League One relegation zone.

* Latics went ahead after only three minutes when Joe Dodoo’s first time strike from 12 yards flew past Ellery Balcombe. Thelo Aasgaard doubled Latics’ lead on on 15 minutes when he followed up Curtis Tilt’s deflected header inside the box.

* The visitors increased their advantage on 33 minutes with a flowing move with Will Keane setting up Viv Solomon-Otabor who slotted the ball home for 3-0.

* Doncaster got a foothold on the stroke of half time when substitute Taylor Richards curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

* Jamie Jones had to make an important save in a one-v-one with Jason Lokilo before Latics sealed the three points when Dodoo’s cutback was turned home by Keane inside the six-yard box on 81 minutes.

* Latics move up to 23rd in the table and are now one point from safety with six games remaining. Doncaster are in 11th place and six points off the play-off spots.

Leam Richardson made two changes to his starting eleven with Joe Dodoo and Will Keane starting. Callum Lang was unavailable due to a head injury and Jamie Proctor dropped to the bench.

The promotion chasing hosts had former Latics players Reece James and Omar Bogle in the starting line-up.

Latics were quick out of the traps and were ahead after only three minutes. Lee Evans’ cross into the box was brought down by Aasgaard and Dodoo’s first time strike flew into the Doncaster net.

The visitors continued to exert pressure and from Evans’ corner Tilt rose unchallenged in the centre of the goal and his header hit a defender before falling to Aasgaard who lashed the ball home from inside the box.

Doncaster looked shellshocked and Keane forced an excellent save from Balcombe low down to his right on 28 minutes.

Worse was to come for the hosts however and on 33 minutes Keane turned smartly in midfield before driving into the box and then setting up Solomon-Otabor who finished with some aplomb.

Rovers manager Andy Butler made a double change on 37 minutes with John Bostock and Taylor Richards replacing Branden Horton and Scott Robertson.

Richards quickly made an impact curling his shot from outside the box into the top corner and reducing the deficit to 3-1 at half time.

Latics would need to be resolute in the second half and not allow the hosts back in the game.

Keane blazed over from 25 yards on 50 minutes before Jones made an important save denying Lokilo in a one-v-one on 55 minutes.

The hosts were now enjoying more possession but it was Latics who looked the more likely to increase their lead as first Solomon-Otabor and then Aasgaard twice had goalbound shots deflected for corners.

Dan Gardner replaced Solomon-Otabor on 79 minutes and soon afterwards Gardner’s superb forward pass found Dodoo in space and he set up Keane but the former Manchester United youth striker fired narrowly wide.

But two minutes later Dodoo drove forward into the box before cutting the ball back to Keane who finished from close range to make it 4-1 and seal the three points.

Latics have produced some battling performances recently but they had failed to be clinical in front of goal. Today they clicked in the final third with Dodoo, Keane, Solomon-Otabor and Aasgaard having their best games for the club. If they can maintain that kind of performance they will have a fighting chance of survival.

The six teams at the bottom of the table are closely grouped and it appears that fine margins will decide who will stay and who will go.

League One Table

League One Table

Player ratings courtesy of Whoscored.com

Player ratings courtesy of Whoscored.com

About ianhaspinall

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