Disappointment for Latics.
In the first game of 2017, the Latics fall to late goal at home.
Wigan made one change to the side that drew away to Derby County. Nick Powell coming back from injury replacing the injured Andy Kellett. On the bench, Ryan Colclough was included after being recalled from MK Dons yesterday and Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Owen Evans had to be named on the bench after Dan Lavercombe damaged his fingers in training. Danny Whitehead made the bench for the first time after his loan spell at Cheltenham came to an end.
Both teams appeared to be equal throughout the match. Wigan dominated position in the first half while Huddersfield looked better in the second.
Wigan were looking for a first win since their triumph at Huddersfield five weeks ago and got off to a good start. Michael Jacobs started in lively fashion down the Wigan left but just couldn’t find the right ball to link up with fellow attackers Yanic Wildschut, Will Grigg and Nick Powell.
Just before the break, Latics had a good opportunity when Michael Jacobs had a shot which he fired over from 20 yards. Their play in the first half meant that it was the Latics fans that seemed to be the happier bunch at half time.
At the start of the second half, Yanic Wildschut raced clear and was brought down by Huddersfield man, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis. Jeremy Simpson’s decision to award only a yellow card was very controversial as Holmes-Dennis appeared to be the last man.
Wildschut again then beat two defenders and managed to get into Huddersfield’s box, he took a volley which went just wide of the target.
Despite all of this pressure, Wigan could not break the deadlock and in the 80th minute, Huddersfield broke away into Wigan’s half. Elias Kachunga had a long range effort which looked to be an easy catch for Jääskeläinen but he parried it out to the feet of Nahki Wells who slotted it into Jääskeläinen’s open net.
Latics threw men forwards as it was getting closer to the end, Wigan ended up having 3 up top, Grigg, Davies and Le Fondre. However, Huddersfield managed to hold firm and collect all three points.
The result for Latics leaves them in 23rd place, above Rotherham and below Blackburn.
Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce said:
“It’s certainly not a happy new year, no. It’s a sickener, it’s floored the lads – it’s floored myself really but things happen in life like that, and you’ve got to get on with it. It would be more disheartening if there weren’t any performances going on. I think that’s the positive we have to take from this. If we are going to get out of the situation we’re in, we’ve got to be able to play well.”
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner said:
“We had a fighting attitude and we were also patient, which is very important against a team like Wigan who have a threat on the counter. We had the right balance behind the ball, to avoid the counters but technically we weren’t quite there. In the second half, when we had a little bit more space, we created some moments and Nakhi put one of them into the net. This is why we deserved the result at the end.”
Wigan: Jaaskelainen, Warnock, Burn, Buxton (Davies 89′), Power, MacDonald (Le Fondre 85′), Gomez, Jacobs, Powell (Colclough 76′), Grigg , Wildschut.
Unused Subs: Evans, Flores, Burke, Whitehead.
Huddersfield: Ward, Cranie, Stankovic, Hudson, Holmes-Dennis, Mooy, Billing (Whitehead 66′), Kachunga, Payne (Hefele 90′), Bunn (Lolley 59′) Wells.
Unused Subs: Coleman, Smith, Lowe, Palmer
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer
Featured Image Credit: Dan Farrimond