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Match Report: Wigan Athletic 2-0 Ipswich Town

European hangover? That was going to happen as Owen Coyle changed the team around yet again. With one eye on keeping the players fit to manage such a heavy work load, and one eye on beating Ipswich for three points. The team took on an odd shape as they went onto win.

Paul Thomas

Owen Coyle made six changes as he looked to keep his squad fresh ahead of a busy schedule. Shaun Maloney, Grant Holt and Marc Antoine-Fortune all joined the injury list as the Latics attacking line up continued to look depleted, Nick Powell taking the lead role this weekend. The midfielder come striker is starting to find his feet and shone in parts of the game.

One player missing from the game was captain Emmerson Boyce after two games in a week, the captain was placed on the bench as Coyle looked to keep him out of harms way. The man who took his place at right back (Ryan Shotton) got off the mark for the club as Wigan took the lead.

Callum McManaman looking fresher than in midweek was running at the Ipswich defense before winning a corner. Nick Powell whipped in a deep curving ball and Shotton stooped down to get his head on the ball and put Latics in front 12 minutes in.

Could we build on it?

That could only be a wish as Ipswich grew into the game and yet again Scott Carson was on hand to keep another oppositions attack at bay. Two fantastic saves from Ryan Tunnicliffe and Daryl Murphy kept the score at 1-0 for the rest of the half as Latics failed to close the competitive edge of the Tractor boys game.

We are selves though were unable to really break into their half. We were lucky to be going in at 1-0 and you felt that it came at the right time for Wigan to help us regroup as a team.

The second half did see the Latics create more chances Thomas Rogne and James McArthur both missing good clear scoring opportunities to put the Latics 2-0 up. Ipswich saw this as a sign to really go at the Wigan defence, and yet again Carson was on hand when he was need to keep the ball out of his own net.

Both David McGoldrick and Tunnicliffe came close late on fro Ipswich an on another day they probably would have scored the goals and brought their team level. As it was Wigan managed to hold on, before extending their lead late on.

Nick Powell chasing a long ball down caused Dean Gerken in the Ipswich goal to panic as he tried to catch the ball. It slipped out of his hands, Powell latching onto it. Round the keeper and casually up to the goal as the midfielder scored his firs goal for Wigan, to seal a 2-0 win for the club.