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MATCH REPORT: WIGAN 2 TOWN 3

17 December 2016

Brett Pitman scored twice and David McGoldrick headed a late winner as Town win at the DW

David McGoldrick’s header three minutes from time gave Town the points in a thrilling game at the DW Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland international met Grant Ward’s cross with his forehead to edge Blues in front after Town had led and then gone behind in a rollercoaster ride. 

Brett Pitman put Town in front with a penalty before Yanic Wildschut took centre stage, equalising 10 minutes before the break and then putting Wigan in front early in the second-half with a terrific individual goal.

Pitman levelled the scores on 67 minutes with a header before McGoldrick provided that late winner. 

Andre Dozzell came in for his first Championship appearance of the season in one of five changes to the Town side that went down at Birmingham in midweek. Jonny Williams was handed his first start of the campaign, with Freddie Sears, Pitman and Jonas Knudsen also in the line-up. 

Town started brightly and got the perfect start on seven minutes when Dan Burn was judged to have fouled Tom Lawrence and Pitman did the rest from the spot.

Williams then won a free-kick on the edge of the box, Lawrence’s delivery evading all at the far post. 

Lawrence was then presented with a great chance to extend Town’s lead when Stephen Warnock’s backpass let the Wales international in on goal but Jussi Jaaskelainen came to Wigan’s rescue. 

Sears was then denied by Warnock as Town dominated the early proceedings, Luke Chambers almost finding Sears with a clever pass.

Burn got on the end of a free-kick but Bart Bialkowski was equal to the task as the Latics looked for some respite, Max Power then going down in the box with the Wigan fans, still incensed from the penalty, screaming for a spot-kick - to no avail.

Williams cut through the home defence before Sears was crowded out, Dozzell had a shot deflected wide before Chambers volleyed over from the edge of the box as Town continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring. 

Bialkowski had to be alert to save from Will Grigg’s header though, Chambers showing a good touch to divert Michael Jacobs’ cross back to his ‘keeper and on 35 minutes,
Wigan were level. Power’s free-kick brilliantly saved by Bialkowski but Wildschut was first to the rebound to find the net.

Jacobs had a shot blocked as Wigan grew in confidence, Power then forcing Bialkowski into another save at full stretch.

Williams rattled the inside of the post in added on time at the end of the first-half, Christophe Berra then leading Town’s appeals for a penalty after Williams’ cross appeared to hit a hand in a goalmouth scramble as the half came to an end deadlocked.  

Wildschut cut inside the Town defence to test Bialkowski with a low drive as the second-half got underway, Jordi Gomez then splitting the Town defence with a superb pass, Knudsen clearing the danger.

Dozzell and Williams made way for Kevin Bru and David McGoldrick before the hour, Bialkowski then producing another excellent save after Andy Kellett’s cross had beaten everyone, the ‘keeper getting up quickly to save from Grigg’s header from the rebound.

Wildschut, a problem to Town all afternoon, grabbed his and Wigan’s second on 62 minutes, finding the roof of the net after a solo run.

Bialkowski did enough - just - to stop Power’s drive from 25 yards finding the net as Wigan looked for a killer third goal but it was Town who found the net on 67 minutes,

Pitman grabbing his second from close range after McGoldrick had headed on.

Wildschut was wide with a right footer, Pitman then blazing a great chance over the bar after Lawrence had set him up.

Ward replaced Sears in Town’s third change, the midfielder just short of getting on the end of Bru’s long range pass down the right.

Jaaskelainen held on from Ward’s shot, then at the other end Wildschut smashed a delivery right across goal that begged to be tapped in but escaped Grigg at the far post as the points hung in the balance.

It was Town who found the winner on 87 minutes, McGoldrick in the right place to meet Ward’s cross and give Mick McCarthy’s side the win in an entertaining 90 minutes. 
 
Wigan: Jaaskelainen, Buxton, Perkins (Byrne 71), Power, Grigg, Kellett, Gomes, Jacobs, Warnock, Wildschut, Burn. Subs not used: Lavercombe, Le Fondre, Davies, Burke, Barrigan, Stubbs. Booked: Kellett, Burn, Jaaskelainen.

Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Knudsen, Berra, Webster, Skuse, Dozzell (Bru 54), Williams (McGoldrick 54), Sears (Ward 73), Pitman, Lawrence. Subs not used: Gerken, Varney, Douglas, Kenlock. Booked: Pitman, Dozzell, Lawrence.






  










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