Wigan Athletic: How they rated v Rotherham United

Paul Kendrick runs the rule over the Wigan Athletic side that drew 1-1 at Rotherham United and delivers his report card...

By Paul Kendrick
Saturday, 9th February 2019, 9:25 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th February 2019, 8:12 pm
Did the man of the match come from these players?
Did the man of the match come from these players?

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

Jamie Jones: 8 - No chance with the goal but some excellent saves and another very solid case for keeping hold of the gloves.

Nathan Byrne: 7 - Welcome run in the side and involved in some neat triangles down the right with Pilkington and Windass.

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Chey Dunkley: 8 - Preferred alongside Fox and justified the manager’s faith by standing up strong against everything the Millers had to offer.

Danny Fox: 6 - Started well before being poleaxed. Happily was able to watch the second half from the bench despite a number of stitches in mouth.

Kal Naismith: 6 - More defending to do than usual but stuck to his task and produced a fine headed clearance late on.

Beni Banginime: 6 - Tough baptism of fire on debut - a million miles away from the Premier League - but, as Paul Cook said, grew into the game.

Reece James: 8 - Will have learned more from this than from most games this season, but more than held his own and looks a class apart.

Anthony Pilkington: 7 - Touch of a Premier League player, and involved in much of what Latics did well going forward.

Josh Windass: 7 - Lively display and third goal in as many games, growing into the attacking role vacated by Will Grigg.

Michael Jacobs: 7 - Great to see him back from injury and to his best, tireless display and mucked in defensively too.

Leon Clarke: 6 - Might have done better with his only chance but battled hard on a tough afternoon ploughing the lone furrow.

Subs:

Cedric Kipre: 7 - Squeezed out of the starting XI but given a swift reprieve and slotted back in with the minimum of fuss.

Gavin Massey: Great to see him back out there for the few seconds he was.

Subs not used: Christian Walton, Jonas Olsson, Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts, Joe Garner.

Star Man: Jamie Jones

Rotherham (4-1-4-1): Rodak; Jones, Wood, Robertson, Mattock; Ajayi; Taylor, Vaulks, Crooks, Forde; Smith.

Subs: Vyner, Price, Towell (for Crooks, 79), Ihiekwe, Yates, Newell (for Taylor, 69), Wiles.

Shots on target: 5-3

Shots off target: 7-4

Corners: 12-2

Possession (%): 55-45

Fouls conceded: 17-12

Yellow cards: 1-3

Red cards: 0-0

Attendance: 9,611

Referee: Oliver Langford