REPORT: Shrewsbury 1 Wigan Athletic 2

First-half goals from Will Keane and Callum Lang gave Wigan Athletic a 2-1 victory at Shrewsbury - and on course for the greatest of Great Escapes.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:06 pm
Callum Lang celebrates putting Latics 2-0 up

Leam Richardson's men made it 12 points from a possible 12 in the space of 10 days with a deserved victory at Montgomery Waters Meadow

They had to endure a nervy final quarter after Ollie Norburn pulled one back for the home side with a brilliant volley from the edge of the area.

And although Curtis Main hit the outside post from a tight angle with two minutes to go, Leam Richardson's men hung on for a precious win.

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On the back of three straight wins, Latics came flying out of the blocks and were almost ahead inside three minutes.

A long throw from centre-back George Johnston caused consternation in the home rearguard, with the ball bouncing up nicely for Keane.

But the former Manchester United junior saw his initial effort blocked before the ball was hacked away to safety off the line.

Another scramble in the Shrewsbury box soon ensued, with good work down the left by Joe Dodoo this time opening the door.

The big man managed to get his shot away, which was parried, and Funso Ojo couldn't quite find the angle to get a shot away from the rebound.

Latics had a scare when Curtis Tilt was caught in possession on the edge of his own box which temporarily let in Daniel Udoh.

Thankfully for Latics, skipper Jamie Jones was off his line in a flash to smother the danger.

Latics recovered and a Evans corner was only half cleared to Luke Robinson, 25 yards from goal.

The young left-back absolutely leathered it goalwards, and it would have surely threatened the home goal had it not struck the unsuspecting Lang.

At the other end, Brad Walker lined up a Shrewsbury free-kick 25 yards from goal, but he sent it well wide of the near post.

Latics, though, will have been more than satisfied with the opening quarter, and they took the lead on 27 minutes in clinical fashion.

Evans sent over another pinpoint corner, and Keane rose highest to plant a bullet header into the roof of the Shrewsbury net.

Good work from Lang and Viv Solomon-Otabor saw Evans given a shooting opportunity shortly after, but the Welshman's effort was deflected behind for a corner.

Shrewsbury almost levelled as half-time approached, when Matthew Pennington flicked on a corner kick and Jones somehow got something on it to divert it to safety.

And Latics made the most of their let-off by doubling their advantage within seconds.

Keane it was who sparked the counter attack, picking the perfect moment to release Lang.

The young forward, who spent last term on loan with the Shrews, composed himself before sliding the ball beyond Harry Burgoyne and into the back of the net.

Shrewsbury were always going to come out swinging at the beginning of the second period, and Jones did superbly to help Shaun Whalley's drive round the post for a corner.

But the visiting defence cracked midway through the half, when a right-wing corner was only half-cleared to the edge of the box.

The unmarked Ollie Norburn swung his right boot and - via a slight deflection - sent the ball fizzing past Jones and into the corner of the net.

It was bodies on the line stuff from Latics in the last 10 minutes.

And they had a massive let-off with two minutes to go when Main stretched at the far post, but could only divert his effort against the woodwork and behind for a goal-kick.

Incredibly, there was almost an unwanted twist in the last of the five added minutes, but Latics were indebted to Jones for making a brilliant save to deny Charlie Caton.

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