Wigan Athletic: How they rated v Sheffield Wednesday

Paul Kendrick runs the rule over the Wigan Athletic side that overcame Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 and delivers his report card.

Saturday, 4th August 2018, 8:46 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th August 2018, 1:23 pm
The Latics players congratulate goalscorer Michael Jacobs

Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1)

Christian Walton: 7 - Great to see him back between the sticks and a superb save late on to deny Wednesday an equaliser. Flag was up but didn’t know that, distribution fine.

Reece James: 7 - Arguably the most impressive player in pre-season and an assured debut at right-back, looks the part despite being just 18.

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Chey Dunkley: 8 - Plenty of onus on him as the only survivor from last year’s record-breaking back four but handled it well. Cleared off the line and almost scored with a header.

Cedric Kipre: 8 - Already on his way to being a cult figure after one game. Will clearly take no prisoners physically but possesses quick feet too that saved the day more than once.

Antonee Robinson: 8 - Another who signed 24 hours ago but didn’t put a foot wrong. Pace on the overlap (for second and third goal) will be a massive asset, great first impression.

Sam Morsy: 8 - Only had half the pre-season of everyone else but you’d never have guessed. Led from the front as usual and fed Jacobs for the match-clinching third goal.

Darron Gibson: 8 - Has a point to prove to a lot of people but a magnificent debut that fully deserved the standing ovation on his substitution. Pedigree was obvious to see.

Gavin Massey: 8 - Criminally under-rated by so many but proved why he is hugely valued by his manager and team-mates, close to the goal his display deserved.

Nick Powell: 7 - Not one of his better games but popped up with the winning goal. Came in for some rough treatment from the opposition which he’ll have to get used to this term.

Michael Jacobs: 9 - Came within a lick of paint of scoring a first-half hat-trick, and was outstanding throughout. Scored two goals and key role in the winner, tireless shift to boot.

Will Grigg: 7 - Ran his blood to water ploughing the lone furrow up top, all the chances fell to his team-mates but did a sterling job under the radar for his side.

Subs used

Max Power (for Gibson, 70): Squeezed out of the side but put himself about in the final quarter both in defence and supporting the attack.

James Vaughan (for Powell, 70): Could have had a hat-trick despite only being on for 20 minutes, the ball seems to always find him which is a great sign.

Callum McManaman (for Massey, 82): Not long enough to make an impression but plenty of time to make his mark second time round.

Subs not used:

Jamie Jones, Alex Bruce, Kal Naismith, Gary Roberts

Star Man: Michael Jacobs

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson; Lees, Van Aken, Pudil, Palmer; Hutchinson, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach; Nuhiu, Forestieri.

Subs: Fox, Fletcher (for Pelupessy, 87), Joao (for Van Aken, 61), Matias, Boyd, Wildsmith, Lee.

Shots on target: 10-4

Shots off target: 11-4

Corners: 3-3

Fouls: 12-12

Possession: 47-53

Attendance: 14,207

Referee: Tim Robinson