Jay Whittle looks at the social media reaction following Wigan Athletic’s goalless draw with Swansea City.
Latics’ extended their unbeaten start to the season at the DW Stadium as they shared the points with Swansea City on Tuesday night.
Wigan made one change from their narrow defeat at Norwich City on Saturday with Darron Gibson coming into the starting line-up to replace skipper Sam Morsy, who picked up a slight hamstring strain in training ahead of the Championship clash. Nick Powell was handed the captain’s armband in Morsy’s absence on his 200th career appearance.
Although neither side was able to make the breakthrough, fans were entertained by the impressive brand of passing football that was on show by both sides.
Swansea City had numerous half-chances to open the scoring, with Barrie McKay coming the closest for the visitors when he was denied from close-range by goalkeeper Christian Walton after Reece James’ superb block to snuff out Oli McBurnie fortunately fell to the winger.
Barrie McKay came close to opening the scoring for the visitors in the first-half when his side-footed volley from close-range was denied by Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton. McKay was provided with the half-chance after Reece James’ superb block to snuff out Oli McBurnie fell fortunately to the winger inside the penalty area.
Substitute Will Grigg had a golden opportunity to win it for the hosts in the 78th minute, but Swansea shot-stopper Kristoffer Nordfeldt made an excellent save from point-blank range to keep his side on level terms at the DW Stadium.
Grigg had yet another chance to pinch all three points for the Latics, but Callum McManaman’s teasing delivery was just inches too high for the Northern Ireland marksman to head home.
At the other end, a string of impressive saves by Walton helped keep the visitors at bay, before Chey Dunkley made a goal-saving interception to thwart McBurnie in the encounter’s dying embers.
Following their stalemate, Wigan Athletic moved up one place to seventh, and joined four other second-tier teams on 17 points.
Paul Cook’s troops are now level on points with sixth placed Swansea and fifth placed Brentford and are just five points away from current league leaders Leeds United.
Wigan are now without a defeat in 13 league games at the DW Stadium, with six of those matches being in the 2018-19 campaign.
Latics fans expressed on social media that they were happy to share the spoils with Swansea after declaring that Graham Potter’s side are the best team to visit the DW Stadium this term.
@CA_Speaky: “Enjoyed that. Good side Swansea.. Knocked it about well. Very happy with a point #wafc.”
@livesey99: “I’ll take that, hard earned point against a side full of Premier League players. Less said about the referee and the Grigg miss the better. #wafc”
@SteFromWigan: “Thought #wafc were decent tonight against one of the best teams we’ve played. Still not sure how Grigg didn’t score or did get booked. No comment on the officials.”
@MrCalliJ: “Big point and clean sheet against a serious side. Fair play #wafc.”
Matt Horrocks: “I’d take that well earned point… and still unbeaten at home this season too!”
Liam McDermott: “Decent point tonight, Swansea best team I’ve seen so far this season. Think they’ll be up there come end of season.”
@_ajm15: “Once again we ground out a point when we weren’t quite on it, as long as we keep that up we’ll be reet #wafc.”
@AdamMello89: “Good game that tonight two good teams going for it, happy with a clean sheet and a point #wafc.”
@laticschief: “Can’t complain with a point. Didn’t really do enough to win, but would have been harsh if we’d lost. Grigg should have buried his chance- but overall, decent result against one of the better teams in league.”
Sam Heaton: “Points a point. I’ll have it. All things considered they’re by far and away the best footballing side we’ve played here. They came to win which no-one else has done.”
@suzc90: “A point from the best side I’ve seen at the DW this season. Would of taken that with both hands before the game. Bring on Preston away now @LaticsOfficial.”
Martin Winstanley: “A good point in the end.. yeah Grigg should have scored but for me Walton was outstanding… best team to come to the DW this season.”
@oliver_wafc_fan: “Good game of football that tonight, matched a good side everywhere on the pitch #wafc.”
@LaticsDave: “Delighted with a point against a very good footballing Swansea side that play football everywhere, even overplaying. @LaticsOfficial lads worked their socks off, @Waltz_1 outstanding along with @cecekipros and @reecejames69 ~wafc.”
Meanwhile Swansea striker Oli McBurnie questioned how his side was unable to find the target at the DW Stadium on twitter.
@oli_mcburnie: “How we haven’t scored there I will never know.”