Five things we learned from Barnsley (home)

1 Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear the No.25 shirt.

Friday, 14th April 2017, 9:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:44 pm
Nick Powell and Ryan Colclough

If Nick Powell breathed new life into Wigan Athletic survival hopes with his 97th-minute winner against Rotherham last weekend, he came close to blowing down the houses of a few teams at the bottom of the Championship, who had assumed there was only one more relegation spot to be filled. If only for injuries to their marquee summer signing, Latics would surely have tied up automatic promotion by now...

2 Graham Barrrow is not afraid to make a switch to change a game. In making his substitutions at the 45, 55 and 65 minute-mark, the Latics interim manager showed he will act early to try to influence proceedings. And each of the new arrivals - Ryan Colclough, Jack Byrne and Powell - lived up to the faith in them shown by Barrow, giving the gaffer a very welcome selection problem ahead of Easter Monday’s trip to Brighton.

3 Sam Morsy looks to have burned his bridges with Barnsley. The Egypt international may have been instrumental in the Tykes’ fine first half of the campaign, before being recalled by Latics midway through his season-long loan spell. But after turning his back on a permanent move to Oakwell - and signing a new deal at the DW - Morsy is now well and truly in the bad books of the Barnsley fans, who regularly reminded him he’s “off to League One” next year. Or, as it turned out, maybe (hopefully) not...

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4 Last-quarter comebacks make for utterly brilliant reading in the press. They do not, however, make for utterly brilliant writing by the press, who ended up working double-time - with additional deadline issues on a Thursday night - as the ‘Routine win for Barnsley’ reports had to swiftly become ‘What on earth have we just witnessed’ write-ups. The Wiganers amongst the press pack didn’t mind the extra work (bring it on!!). But the neutrals (and especially those travelling over the Pennines), however, might tell you something different...

5 Wigan Athletic fans who leave before the end of a game. Why? No, seriously...wwwhhhyyy? This lot never known when they’re beaten, and have plenty of history of leaving it late before getting the job done. All right, you always get the odd few supporters who have worthwhile excuses to make their excuses and leave early. But those who left at the three-quarter mark - and there were plenty of them - because they didn’t have any faith in their side to fight their way back, sadly missed a comeback up there with anything we’ve witnessed at the DW in recent years.