Wigan Athletic: How they rated v Leeds United

Paul Kendrick runs the rule over the Wigan Athletic side that won 2-1 at Leeds on Good Friday and delivers his report card...

Saturday, 20th April 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th April 2019, 1:14 pm
Latics took a huge step towards safety against Leeds United

Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1):

Christian Walton: 8 - Didn't put a foot - or glove - wrong again, made a string of fine saves to keep Leeds at bay and had the penalty, which hit the post, covered as well.

Nathan Byrne: 8 - Made sure Leeds got no joy down his flank, and got forward as much as possible to bolster the midfield.

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Chey Dunkley: 8 - Stood up strong despite being the last centre-back standing for almost an hour, guided rookie Naismith through the ropes, back to his best.

Cedric Kipre: Desperately unlucky to see red only 14 minutes in after doing incredibly well to get back and make a superb clearance off the line.

Antonee Robinson: 8 - Helped Latics overcome the sending-off by pushing forward to become an extra man offensively, lung-busting runs provided valuable respite.

Reece James: 8 - Passed the latest test of his development with flying colours, helped win the midfield battle, hit the bar with a brilliant free-kick and should have won a penalty.

Sam Morsy: 8 - Tireless and tenacious in the engine room, got at the opposition without crossing the line, and slowed the game down at crucial periods.

Gavin Massey: 9 - Ran his blood to water to make up for the numerical disadvantage, and provided the clinical finishes that proved the difference.

Lee Evans: 8 - 8 - Boyhood Leeds fan would have enjoyed this moment, created the equaliser with a deft flick, used possession well and a fine work-rate.

Kal Naismith: 9 - Forced to drop back into an emergency central defensive role and looked like he'd been playing there for years, versatility proving invaluable this term.

Leon Clarke: 8 - Bullied the Leeds defence despite their numerical advantage, laid on the second goal - and did parent club Sheffield United a massive favour.


Jonas Olsson (for Clarke, 67): 7 - Bolstered the backline for the final quarter and helped see the side over the line.

Nick Powell (for Massey, 75): 7 - Took over from the tiring Massey, did little more than run around but that was very much his brief.

Joe Garner (for James, 90): Time-wasting switch to run down the clock.

Subs not used: Owen Evans, Darron Gibson, Gary Roberts, Josh Windass.

Star Man: Gavin Massey

Leeds (4-1-4-1): Casilla; Ayling, Jansson, Berardi, Alioski; Phillips; Hernandez, Roberts, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Forshaw (for Phillips, 46) Roofe (for Roberts, 46), Dallas, Davis, Shackleton, Clarke (for Klich, 70)

Shots on target: 10-2

Shots off target: 12-6

Corners: 15-2

Possession (%): 77-23

Fouls conceded: 11-7

Yellow cards: 3-3

Red cards: 0-1

Attendance: 34,758

Referee: Scott Duncan