Wigan Athletic: How they rated v West Brom

Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts

Paul Kendrick runs the rule over the Wigan Athletic side that beat West Brom 1-0 and delivers his report card....which should make for pleasant reading!

Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1)

Christian Walton: 6 Little to do thanks to the fantastic work of the guys in front of him.

Reece James: 8 - Regulation display from the front-runner for the player of the year award...didn’t put a foot wrong.

Chey Dunkley: 7 - Solid response to the Deepdale debacle two weeks ago, recovered well from an early error to stamp his authority.

Cedric Kipre: 7 - Another who put the Preston drubbing behind him, far more in keeping with his form this season.

Dan Burn: 7 - Thrust into the unfamiliar position of left-back for his first start of the year but showed up well at both ends.

Sam Morsy: 7 - Slotted back in after international commitments with minimum fuss as usual, kept things simple and got stuck in.

Lee Evans: 8 - Back in the side with Darron Gibson suspended and put down a firm marker for long-term inclusion with hugely-impressive display.

Nathan Byrne: 7 - First home start in somewhat unfamiliar territory in the front three but more than justified his inclusion by working his socks off.

Josh Windass: 9 - Best game for Latics so far, involved far more than he has been and stood up when it mattered to deliver the killer blow.

* Gary Roberts: 9 - Inclusion may have surprised some, judging by pre-match social media reaction, but was superb from first minute until his 90th-minute substitution. *

Nick Powell: 7 - Gave Latics a solid presence up top, subject to physical examination as usual but did his bit for the team in a thankless role in Grigg’s absence.

Subs used

Callum Connolly (for Powell, 87)

Kal Naismith (for Roberts, 90)

James Vaughan (for Byrne, 90)

Subs not used: Jamie Jones, Leonardo Da silva Lopes, Callum McManaman, Joe Garner.

Star Man: Gary Roberts

West Brom (3-4-1-2): Johnstone; Dawson, Hegazy, Bartley; Mears. Livermore, Brunt, Gibbs; Barnes; Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu (for Gayle, 76), Townsend, Edwards (for Mears, 78), Hoolahan, Adarabioyo (for Dawson, 49), Field.

Shots on target: 3-1

Shots off target: 6-4

Corners: 4-3

Possession: 46-54

Fouls conceded: 12-14

Yellow cards: 3-4

Red cards: 0-1

Attendance: 12,739

Referee: Jeremy Simpson