Late goal blows Latics away.
On a foggy afternoon in the North West, defeat for Wigan has put them in a bad spot going into Christmas.
Warren Joyce made three changes to the side which lost to Newcastle on Wednesday night, Andy Kellett made his first start for The Tics this season. Jordi Gomez and Dan Burn also made returns to the side to replace Craig Morgan, Shaun MacDonald and Luke Garbutt, who all picked up injuries in the game against Newcastle.
Early in the game, Ipswich were wrongly awarded a penalty by referee Keith Stroud and went on to take the lead after seven minutes after Brett Pittman converted his spot kick.
Then a mistake from Stephen Warnock saw Tom Lawrence put through one-on-one with Jussi Jääskeläinen but the keeper saved his effort comfortably.
On 35 minutes, The Latics were awarded two free-kicks in a matter of seconds. Jordi Gomez took the first but he only hit the wall. Seconds later, another was awarded and Gomez again stepped up. This time he laid it off to Max Power to firmly strike it, which forced a fantastic save out of Bialkowski but it wasn’t enough to keep the ball out the net as Wildschut placed it into the top corner from the rebound to make it 1-1.
Not long after Latic’s goal it was nearly 1-2 as Bialkowski made another really good save from a Power shot.
On 62 minutes Wildschut beat three Ipswich players down the Wigan left before slotting home into the top corner for his second of the game and to put the Latics into a 2-1 lead.
However, this did not last and Ipswich equalised after 68 minutes with their first attempt of the second half. Pittman also scored his second of the match after poor defending from the Latics, which made the score 2-2.
There was heartbreak for the Latics late on though as a header from David McGoldrick on 88 minutes beat Jääskeläinen to send the Latics fans home unhappy, especially considering how well the team played throughout the match.
Warren Joyce said:
“I’m disappointed obviously with the first goal, it’s a real kick in the teeth because it’s not a penalty and suddenly we’re 1-0 down and in a difficult situation. With the way results have gone – results, not performances – it tested our character and I thought we showed great character.
“I thought we played some really flowing football in the second half and I don’t think scoring three or four goals would have been unrealistic, really.”
Wigan: Jääskeläinen, Kellett, Burn, Buxton, Warnock, Gomez, Wildschut, Power, Perkins (Byrne 72′), Jacobs, Grigg
Unused Subs: Lavercombe, Stubbs, Le Fondre, Burke, Barrigan, Davies
Ipswich: Bialkowski, Chambers, Webster, Berra, Knudsen, Sears (Ward 74′), Skuse, Williams (McGoldrick 56′), Dozzell (Bru 56′), Lawrence, Pitman
Unused Subs: Gerken, Varney, Douglas, Kenlock
Referee: Keith Stroud
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer
Feature Image Credit: Dan Farrimond