Aasgaard’s ace shatters Shrewsbury’s resolve – Wigan Athletic 2 Shrewsbury Town 1

Thelo Aasgaard

  • Thelo Aasgaard’s superb stoppage time winner enabled Wigan Athletic to move back to the top of the League One table.
  • Tendayi Darikwa had given Latics an early lead but Shrewsbury drew level on 39 minutes when Daniel Udoh’s shot was finished by Ryan Bowman.
  • Latics couldn’t break the deadlock and the visitors always looked dangerous on the break, but with 92 minutes on the clock Aasgaard’s ace shattered Shrewsbury’s resolve.

Leam Richardson made six changes to the team which defeated Colchester United in the FA Cup with Ben Amos, Tendayi Darikwa, Curtis Tilt, Tom Naylor and James McClean all returning to the side, while Joe Bennett made his league debut for Latics.

Latics were quickly out of the blocks and Darikwa gave his side the lead after just two minutes. Gavin Massey found McClean, whose cross into the box fell to the Zimbabwean international and he finished for his second goal of the season.

Shrewsbury responded and had the chance to draw level when a corner was headed towards goal by Joshua Daniels but McClean was on the goal line to head the ball to safety.

Latics then broke forward and when Jordan Cousins played through McClean on the left side, he fired a shot straight at Shrews goalkeeper Marko Marosi.  

McClean had another opportunity when Callum Lang crossed from the right and the Republic of Ireland international forced a good save from Marosi.

The visitors were working hard and Latics were struggling to get their usual flowing game going and in the 39th minute they were level.

Tom Bloxham found Daniel Udoh who shot across goal with Bowman at the back post to nudge the ball over the line. Bowman appeared to be in an offside position but the goal was allowed to stand by referee David Rock.

Richardson would have had words with his players at half time for the somewhat lethargic display and they came out much brighter in the second half.

In the 53rd minute McClean’s corner was headed towards goal by Jack Whatmough but the Shrews were able to get the ball clear.

Lang forced an excellent save from Marosi, before at the other end Bloxham fired high and wide for the visitors.

Latics continued to press for the breakthrough but Shrewsbury were well organised and resolute. The visitors also posed a threat on the counter attack and the hosts had to be careful not to get caught out.

Latics continued to be kept at arms length as both Lang and McClean tried shots from distance. 

But with 92 minutes on the clock Aasgaard struck from distance and found the bottom right corner with a superb swerving drive from 25-yards.

It was hard on the visitors who had matched Latics for long periods but Latics had once again showed great character and quality to secure another important three points in their quest for promotion. 

Latics are now unbeaten in ten games in all competitions and they move level on points with Rotherham at the top of League One with a game in hand on the South Yorkshire club.

In his post match comments Richardson praised Aasgaard’s quality:

“It was a great finish to the game and a great start to the game. I didn’t think we were great in the first half; we weren’t able to force Shrewsbury into a negative shape because we kept turning the ball over.

“I thought we came out for the second half and controlled large parts of it and with good habits you will get them moments where your flair players need to produce and thankfully tonight young Thelo Aasgaard has produced.”

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