Wigan Athletic chief reacts to Swansea City point

Leam Richardson felt Wigan Athletic's point at Swansea was a 'decent' one, despite his side having led 2-0 inside 16 minutes.
Will Keane takes the plaudits after opening the scoring at SwanseaWill Keane takes the plaudits after opening the scoring at Swansea
Will Keane takes the plaudits after opening the scoring at Swansea

Latics were good value for their early advantage, with Will Keane and Tom Naylor both heading home James McClean corners from the right-hand side.

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The game was turned on its head two minutes before half-time, when Ryan Manning pulled one back for the Swans with a fine shot from just outside the box that flew into the top corner.

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And Latics had to settle for a point when Jason Kerr felled Kyle Naughton inside the penalty area with six minutes to go, allowing Joel Piroe to beat Jamie Jones from the spot.

"You'd have to say it was a decent point overall," assessed Richardson.

"I honestly don't think the recent results have reflected the performances.

"But whether you deserved them or not, you are coming off a few losses, that is factual.

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"Finishing late on Wednesday night, we've then got a long trip down to Swansea, to face a very challenging football club, and that shows you the intensity of this division.

"We gave our players the autonomy to go and attack the game in the first half, and I thought we very very worthy of the 2-0 scoreline.

"We're obviously disappointed with their first goal, coming so close to the half-time whistle.

"But reflecting on the point, we'll certainly shake hands and move on."

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The Latics chief also had no issues with the penalty award, which saw Kerr's misery compounded when he limped off injured moments later.

"No, no, not at all," Richardson added.

"You're very aware that at certain grounds you're going to have to defend at times, and we have to be better with the all in that second half.

"Of course you ca always make better decisions, Jasso's see that coming, and he's made his decision to go in.

"Unluckily enough, it doesn't look great for him either, but we know we can defend better in certain moments.

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"But I thought in the main we defended resolutely enough as a unit, and we'll take the point and move on."

Latics were quickly into their stride and took the lead with only eight minutes on the clock.

McClean's right-wing corner was right on the money, and Keane's bullet header flew into the back of the net.

Nathan Broadhead then saw a low effort tipped behind for a corner.

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Incredibly, goal number two duly arrived on 16 minutes, and it was almost carbon-copy of the first.

Again McClean sent over a super inswinging corner, and this time Naylor headed home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Latics looked reasonably comfortable for the rest of the half, only to concede two minutes before the interval.

Manning's curling shot was just out of the clutches of Jones, who couldn't quite get there at full stretch.

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Latics were content to play on the break in the second period, with fit-again Callum Lang, Thelo Aasgaard and Josh Magennis adding fresh legs from the bench up top.

Swansea kept pushing, though, and finally managed to draw level six minutes from time.

Kerr fouled Naughton in the box, and Piroe smashed home the penalty in style.

Both sides had chances to win it in the seven added minutes.

Substitute Joe Bennett saw a free-kick well saved while, at the other end, Jack Whatmough threw himself into the path of a goalbound rocket.