Wigan Athletic 2 Charlton Athletic 1
A much better performance than Tuesday but the same result at Wigan this afternoon.
With no Aneke, Washington, Stockley, or Scott Fraser we were always going top be up against it. The assumption was that Famewo missed out due to loan numbers. Jacko kept to his 3-5-2 but there were more centre-backs on the bench than in the team. I’m all for having a philosophy, but you also need the players.
We can question recruitment again on this front, or any sense of long-term planning which doesn’t seem to be Sandgaard’s forte….
For the first twenty minutes we were excellent but unable to keep up the consistency of pass and move when in possession and the quick press when out.
Elliott Lee on his return scored a great team worked goal and we were very unlucky not to add a second when Gilbey hit the post, but after getting away with a good penalty shout on Purrington, we then needlessly gave away one, and from 12 yards they were back in it.
I thought we weathered the storm pretty well afterwards though and went in at half-time in a good place. In fact another referee may have given us a penalty when Inniss had his shirt pulled off his back at a corner.
The 2nd half was pretty flat from both sides, but we were unable to impose ourselves in midfield, were powderpuff upfront and our defence always has an error in them.
So it came to pass as MacGillivray should have come for a corner, yet stopped midway and they scored. Another set piece conceded.
Frustratingly with still 15 minutes left plus added time there was no cutting edge, creativity or much of anything to be honest to get us back into the game.
I thought Inniss and Dobson were our best players and 17-year Daniel Kanu got on for his debut. I’m not actually sure he touched the ball, but did get booked. It was one of those days.
Jacko: “We’ve come here and more than matched them for good parts of the game, but we’re coming away with nothing again, so it’s disappointing.”