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Match Report: Wigan Athletic 1-2 Ipswich Town

If you didn't know this past week has been one of the few between September and October were thousand of young adults in the UK return to University. During this week they look slow, sluggish and often out of ideas during the working day. Much like our team on Monday.

Charlie Crowhurst

The game on Monday was appaling to say the least, the team and system looked out of its depth and like a team fighting to stay in the league let alone to challenge for promotion. Uwe Rosler trying to catch Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town team off guard changed the tactics and went to 4-3-3.

So out went Andrew Taylor, who has been impressive form recently, along with Emyre Huws. In came Shaun Maloney and Adam Forshaw for his debut. The resulting change though saw the defensive shape gone in the early stages and the midfield, well if it was there then I didn't see it.

The game started well though as we looked to get on the front foot, we had the ball at our feet and knocked it around well. That all changed though once Ipswich showed some back bone, this will be the main problem for us this season if we don't strengthen up when teams get tough then we will be bullied off the ball.

That was the case on Monday, the midfield collapsed under pressure.

The result was Ipswich going 1-0 up by half time and possibly being out of site had it not been for Scot Carson in goal, and then the last ditch clearance by Emmerson Boyce. Ipswichs goal could have been stopped. The ball coming in from our right handside, as they pressed high up the pitch. The ball coming in from Tyrone Mings found Luke Hyam in the middle of the box as he broke free from Rob Kiernan.

Kiernan's performances have been dropping slowly but surely, and I think it is time that Uwe Rosler makes the decision to drop the player to the bench for his own benefit.

The second half saw the same pattern of play, the only change for Latics was due to James McClean's arrival on the pitch. The winger had replaced Callum McManaman in the first half and the Republic of Ireland international was in inspired form.

After missing the early part of the season having McClean back in the squad is a massive boost, and well he showed why he should be starting in the team.

It was Connor Sammon though who got the second goal. The striker getting free of our young Kiernan and racing through on goal. Scot Carson was left helpless, Carson managing to get to the first shot. The ball rebounding of our keeper an into the strikers path who slotted home.

Well we chucked the kitchen sink at Ipswich after that. We were finally managing to string some passes together and it started to show as we found space and created chances. The result being us getting a consolation goal following a corner, McClean smashing the ball home.

2-1 was and is a flattering scoreline for us, Ipswich could have ran away with the game. Some how we clung on and maybe we can grow from this game as we go into the weekend.