Defensive mistakes prove costly for Latics – Wigan Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2


    Charlie Wyke reduced the deficit from the Penalty spot

* Two defensive mistakes proved costly as Latics slipped to their first home defeat of the season.

* A Max Power own goal and a slip by Jack Whatmough gifted Sheffield Wednesday a two goal advantage.

* Charlie Wyke’s penalty reduced the deficit after Callum Lang was brought down in the area in the 81st minute.

* Latics pushed for a late equaliser but Wednesday held on for an important away win.

* Latics drop to second place in the League One table and Wednesday move up to ninth spot.

Leam Richardson named an unchanged side from Saturday’s victory against Cheltenham Town. The Owls had former Latic Chey Dunkley in their starting line up.

The visitors started strongly and made it difficult for Latics to create any chances in the early stages.

The Owls went ahead in bizarre circumstances in the 23rd minute when Power headed a long ball beyond Ben Amos and into the back of his own net.

Latics responded quickly when Will Keane’s header was well saved by keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

At the other end Amos did well to save Paterson’s effort from long range, before Jaden Brown missed a glorious opportunity to double the lead from close range.

Keane nearly drew Latics level on the half-hour mark, but his effort from the edge of the area was tipped around the post by Peacock-Farrell.

Latics forced a series of corners before half time but the visitors repelled all Latics’ efforts to draw level.

The hosts continued to press at the start of the second half with Keane heading Power’s corner onto the roof of the net.

Lee Gregory went close for the visitors in the 48th minute when he crashed a shot against the crossbar from Liam Palmer’s cross.

Paterson then hit a low volley just wide of Amos’ left-hand post.

The visitors doubled their advantage on the hour mark when Gregory easily dispossessed Whatmough near the bye-line and crossed for Paterson to finish powerfully into the top right corner.

Latics had a chance to reduce the deficit in the 67th minute when Callum Lang raced through on goal but Peacock-Farrell once again saved Wednesday.

Lang’s free-kick was narrowly wide in the 76th minute as Latics started to dominate the closing stages.

Lang was pushed over in the area in the 81st minute and Wyke coolly converted the spot-kick to reduce the deficit.

Gregory nearly restored Wednesday’s two goal advantage but Amos saved superbly from close range.

Roared on by the home fans Latics nearly drew level in the dying minutes when Peacock-Farrell pushed away Whatmough’s header.

Wednesday held on for a narrow victory. The two defensive mistakes had proved costly as Latics slipped to their first home defeat of the season.

The visitors physical presence had caused Latics problems but the hosts had struggled to find their usual fluidity.

Manager Leam Richardson gave his view afterwards,

“The disappointing thing is the result,” he said.

“I thought the lads didn’t leave a breath out there and they were probably worthy of something, in my opinion. 

“If we are going to be critical, I thought in the first 10 minutes, we didn’t get to grips with Sheffield Wednesday. 

“They came with a direct style and they asked us questions early on. I thought the goals came from a couple of our mistakes – but the lads have been doing great. 

“Although they will take credit for a lot of what has gone before, I’ll take it for the result tonight because it’s up to me to reset everyone now. 

“The first question that I always ask myself – certainly as a coach and a manager – can the lads firstly represent themselves anymore and leave a breath out there for the Club? I thought they did tonight – right until the end. We were on the front foot and the momentum shifted in the last 20 minutes.

“The disappointing thing is the result, but the performance I’ve got to be pleased about.”


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