Wigan Athletic 3-3 Yeovil Town
Date: 19th March 2014
Venue: DW Stadium
Referee: Andy D'Urso
After a labored win at the weekend against Ipswich Town. The team had to dust themselves off and get back on with the job in hand (cementing a play off place). Uwe Rosler made changes again, some forced others to rest players who have really been taking the brunt of our playing time recently. The surprise dropping of James McClean was a wonder, yet Callum McManaman was given a chance to get more game time and continue his return to his peak of fitness and performances.
As ever with squad rotation the team took time to settle into a rhythm together. Under Rosler though each man has known their job and carries it out to the max to benefit the team, that spirit which was massively depleted under Owen Coyle. The team want to win and play games, which is a delight to watch, but is really making it hard for them to keep high energy levels, as the game wore on that would become more and more apparent.
The first half would have a trend, which was one of Wigan possession with no real attacking threat. We did have the chance to take the lead in the first half with a Jordi Gomez penalty. The midfielder had the chance to score his third goal in four games, however Marek Stech stretched out a hand to save the penalty.
It meant the sides went in level, which weighing up our lack of a cutting edge was a fair conclusion to the half. However we only had to wait 13 minutes after the restart to get the first goal. Callum McManaman teasing the full back out wide cut the ball across the goal to find James McArthur. The midfielder hit a goal bound shot, only for Nick Powell to follow it in and tap the ball home. Cheeky way to get a goal, but Powell scoring is a massive boost to the team.
You would hope that Wigan could go on and get a second goal. With half an hour left to play Yeovil could still cause a surprise and pull the game back.
That would come with ten minutes to go. The visitors had very few chances through out the game, yet in the final minutes Ishmael Miller came up with two goals in three minutes to put Yeovil 2-1 up. The first a ball over the top of our defense caught our tiring players out, Miller latched onto it and curled the ball into the corner of the goal. The second would have the same out come, this time though Emmerson Boyce lost the ball out on the right, and the cross found Miller who controlled the ball before firing home.
Time for our lads and fans to rally to the cause and get back level.
It wouldn't take long, as we were only behind for one minute. Jean Beausejour managing to work some space out wide on the left hit a low and hard cross into the box, James McArthur yet again getting onto the end of it. This time around his shot would stay goal bound and he would get his goal 2-2, and you felt more could come.
An onslaught of Wigan pressure as they went in hunt of another goal. With two minutes to go, another Beausejour cross looked to find Marc-Antoine Fortune. The striker chasing to get onto it put pressure on Yeovil defender Byron Webster, who put the ball past his own keeper.
3-2! Could Wigan hold on?
That question would be answered in the final minute of injury time. Yeovil winning a corner and every single player was in the Wigan box. The cross caused havoc and was left bouncing about in the box. Eventually it broke to Luke Ayling who slotted into the goal.
Wigan would have to settle for a point, when you take into account a QPR lost then a draw isn't that bad a result.