Wigan Athletic 3 Sheffield Wednesday 2: How social media reacted

Michael Jacobs scored two goals on Saturday
Michael Jacobs scored two goals on Saturday
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Jay Whittle looks at the social media reaction as Wigan Athletic won on their return to the Championship against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium.

Latics fans were treated to a five-goal thriller on their return to the second-tier, with Paul Cook’s side running out as the victors at the DW Stadium.

Michael Jacobs scored a first-half brace, either side of Atdhe Nuhiu’s leveller, before Nick Powell added a third for the hosts on the hour mark. Fernando Forestieri pulled one back for the visitors in the 66th minute, as Wednesday looked to try and mount a come-back.

Remarkably, Wigan’s triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium was the first time they have won at home on the opening day in almost 19-years, the last time coming against Scunthorpe United (3-0) in the 1999-2000 season.

Latics fans took to social media to express their delight on returning to the Championship with a victory and hailed the players’ for their fantastic performances in the season opener.

@Adam1105_: “Every single one of those starting 11 were exceptional today. Particularly impressed with all the new lads too.”

Neil Eccleston: “What a great game that was, not enjoyed a game like that for ages, all the space we have going forward too! Fab team performance, Massey and Gibson pip MOTM for me.”

Katie Robinson: “What a performance from the lads, looked like scoring every time we went up the field. Never gave up until the whistle. Great game with great players. Looks to be a good season ahead.”

David Droes: “What a way to begin the season!!! Loved it!”

@WAFCTopps: “Belting result to kick off the season!! Jacobs was fantastic, but all players had a good game! Well done boys!”

@CraigHilton71: “Brilliant start. Sounds like this side are going to bring some exciting attacking football and a cracking season for the Tics.”

Owen Rimmer: “Tell you what I am actually breathless, what a performance that was. Absolutely unbelievable.”

Neil Burrows: “Think that was as good a home atmosphere as we had all last season. Or at least seemed it from where I was stood. Great support for the club today. Top day.”

Carl Phillips: “It’s the little stuff. The lady who gives me mint balls, the bloke behind, convinced the world’s against us. The faces - every one different but all expectant and hopeful. The electricity when Crackers finds the net, once, twice -almost a hat trick. God I’ve missed this!”

Latics players also took to twitter to share their thoughts on the win, with the current first-team stars praising the debutants for their efforts on their first respective starts at the DW Stadium.

Captain, Sam Morsy: Great win today the new lads were brilliant after only traning once, great start.”

Gavin Massey: “Felt Good Being Back Out There at the DW! Good start too.”

Callum McManaman: “Get in what a start! Place was rocking, thanks for the brilliant reception, great to be back.”

Cedric Kipre: “No better way to start the league !! Brilliant atmosphere, thanks for the support.”

Jamie Jones: Great win today! Some top performances , the DW was rocking, keep it up!”

Christian Walton: “Great opening day back at the DW and what a way to start! Unreal team performance.”

Chey Dunkley: “Great to be back out there in front of our fans…good win… onto the next one now.”

Max Power: “It’s back! Great team performance. Special mention to the debutants, only been in the building 24 hours and put on that performance!”

Antonee Robinson: “Buzzin to kick off the season with a win on my debut, great atmosphere and great team performance!!”