Fantastic result for Latics.
Latics knew how crucial this game was to our survival.
One change to the side which beat Forest in the FA Cup, Callum Connolly who had joined on loan from Everton an hour before the game started instead of the injured Nick Powell, Craig Morgan also came into training this week and managed to make the bench.
First chance of the game came from Max Power when he got a chance bursting through the Brewer’s defense and put it just wide.
Burton’s Chris O’Grady had the second chance of the game but it was well defended by Stephen Warnock.
On 38 minutes, not long after Burton’s chance, Wildschut rushed down the left wing manged the find Grigg who was just inside the box, Grigg took the shot went just wide to the keeper’s left.
Just before the break Warnock knocked it down to Michael Jacobs who held the ball up well played it back to Warnock, Warnock then crossed it into the box and the arriving Callum Connolly headed it in, McLaughlin had no chance.
The half time whistle was blow, the hosts had more possession but the best chances fell to Wigan as they saw themselves 1-0 up at the break.
Burton made a keeper change at the break, replacing Stephen Bywater for McLaughlin.
Latics started taking even more control and creating more chances at the start of the second half.
Connolly, grabbed his second of the game on 64 minutes another header which met Jacobs’ corner and put the ball past Stephen Bywater, which made it 0-2 to the Latics.
Burton came closest to scoring was when Stephen Warnock had to make a block from a powerful shot.
Another chance from Burton when Jamie Ward shot wide from the edge of the box.
Wigan Athletic managed to see out the game and get the win. Wigan are now only 2 points away from Blackburn Rovers who sit just above the Latics. Two consecutive wins from Warren Joyce’s men.
Callum Connolly was the star of the match after signing an hour before the game, he managed to get the 2 goals which won Latics the match.
Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce said:
“It’s just three points, there’s a long way to go in the season.”
Joyce also stated it’s up to Sam Morsy if he is going to stay or not.
Wigan Athletic boss Nigel Clough said:
“Two defensive lapses cost us the points after we went down 2-0 to Wigan.”
Wigan: Haugaard, Warnock, Connolly, Burn, Buxton, Warnock, Power (Morgan 85′), MacDonald, Morsy, Jacobs, Grigg, Wildschut (Flores 80′).
Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, Burke, Gomez, Colclough, Le Fondre.
Burton Albion: McLaughlin (Bywater 46′) Brayford, Akins, Turner, McFazdean, Palmer, Murphy (Naylor 84′), Dyer (McCrory 84′), Sordell, Ward, O’Grady.
Unused Subs: Flanagan, Mousinho, Williamson, Barker.
Referee: Andy Madley
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer