Latics’ disappointing end to a momentous season – Wigan Athletic 3 Swindon Town 4

Will Keane's header drew Latics level

Latics’ top scorer Will Keane added his eleventh goal

* It was a strange end of the season game as Latics dominated for long periods but were ultimately edged out 4-3 by relegated Swindon Town at the DW Stadium.

* Latics went ahead when Curtis Tilt headed home Dan Gardner’s corner on 17 minutes and they doubled their lead on 56 minutes when Will Keane slotted home after good work by Gardner and Zach Clough.

* Swindon pulled a goal back through Scott Twine’s superbly executed free kick on 59 minutes but Latics almost immediately restored the advantage with Clough flicking Keane’s strike into the visitors net.

* The game turned in the visitors favour on 66 minutes when last man Tilt was adjudged to have fouled Tyler Smith and was red carded.

* The visitors pulled another goal back on 77 minutes when Jonathan Grounds found Hallam Hope in space and the striker finished into the bottom left corner and they were level in the 90th minute when Hope’s cross was headed home by Smith.

* Ten-men Latics had now lost all shape and solidity and the visitors achieved an unlikely victory when Twine found the bottom right corner from 25-yards out.

* Latics finished the season in 20th place one point above the relegation zone and Swindon ended the season in 23rd place.

Leam Richardson made two changes from the team which had been defeated by Hull City with Gardner and Clough coming into the starting eleven. Viv Solomon-Otabor dropped out of the squad and Lee Evans was on the bench.

Already relegated Swindon had former Latics loanee Matty Palmer in the starting eleven.

Latics started strongly and forced six corners in the opening five minutes and Swindon were lucky to survive but the hosts did go in front on 17 minutes.

From Gardner’s seventh corner Tilt rose high at the near post to head powerfully past Lee Camp.

Twine volleyed wide for the visitors on 27 minutes before Latics had a series of great chances. Joe Dodoo blazed over from 12 yards out and then drilled a shot narrowly wide from close range before Callum Lang headed wide at the back post.

Pitman forced the first save from Jamie Jones low down to his right on 40 minutes but Latics should have been more than one goal ahead at half time as Clough curled a free kick just over and Lang’s header clipped the top of the crossbar.

Early in the second half Tendayi Darikwa curled his shot over the angle of post and crossbar before Keane increased Latics’ advantage on 56 minutes when he scored his eleventh goal of the season following Gardner’s through ball and Clough’s assist.

Twine superbly executed free kick from the edge of the box made it 2-1 on 59 minutes but Latics went straight up the other end and restored their lead when Lang cut the ball back to Keane whose strike was flicked home by Clough.

But the game changed in the visitors favour on 66 minutes when last man Tilt was adjudged to have fouled Smith on the edge of the box and was sent off.

Scott Wootton replaced Gardner as Latics reshuffled their line up on 67 minutes.

Swindon could see an opportunity now and Grounds through ball found Hope in space on 77 minutes and the striker finished clinically.

Thelo Aasgaard, Jamie Proctor and Kyle Joseph replaced Clough, Dodoo and Keane on 79 minutes but Latics had now lost their shape and lacked defensive midfield cover.

Jones was quickly off his line to deny Smith and Johnston also had to make a great block on Smith as the visitors pressed.

Latics had lost all momentum and Swindon levelled in the 90th minute when Hope’s cross was headed home by the Sheffield United loanee Smith.

Worse was to come for Latics as two minutes later Twine tried his luck from distance and found the bottom right corner.

Joseph might have restored parity in the 93rd minute but he dragged his shot wide from a good position.

4-3 to Swindon and a disappointing last game of the season for Latics.

Despite the defeat the manager, coaching staff and players can be proud of their efforts this season. This has been one of the most difficult in Latics’ history and retaining their League One status is an incredible achievement in the circumstances.

The club has been saved from oblivion and the supporters can now look forward to next season with renewed optimism under the new owners.

League One Table

League One Table

Player ratings courtesy of Whoscored.com

Player ratings courtesy of Whoscored.com

About ianhaspinall

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