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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Crewe Alexander

Wigan maintained their unbeaten home record and showed that even when they don't play brilliantly they can grind out the win.

In the glorious Wigan sunshine, Gary Caldwell made three changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Gillingham a week ago. Chris McCann, Francisco Junior and Kevin McNaughton were all dropped from the starting line up; their replacements Max Power, JonJoe Kenny and the returning Jason Pearce.

What this meant was a change in shape and somewhat tactics for Wigan. The back three was returned with Power and David Perkins in their deeper defensive roles. Leaving an attacking three of Micheal Jacobs, Craig Davies and Will Griggs. It would be the front three that would impress most ironically today for Wigan.

It wasn't a fast start by the Latics, but we were the quickest out of the blocks. Crewe very much showing why they are down the wrong end of the table with a tentative start to the game, Wigan confident in their own home form.

The focal point was Craig Davies, the striker bullied the Crewe defense from start to finish yesterday and in the end it came down to them standing off him rather than challenging for the ball. This allowed Griggs and Jacobs to get around him and find space.

It would be Jacobs though who would deal the decisive blow. A Max Power corner found Jacobs at the back post who headed home clinically. You thought that might lift the side into a new gear. Yet although their was, at times, flashes of brilliance Wigan still looked a bit sluggish at times.

Before half time Jacobs should have had a hat-trick first after wiggling his way through the Crewe defense only for the strike to be well saved by Crewe keeper Ben Garrat. Whilst a whipped in free-kick was also well saved.

With us missing to convert our chances Crewe saw opportunities. The Chesire side are a team who is willing to get the ball down and play football and when they do, they can play some good stuff. Twice in the first half they had Richard O'Donnell scrambling after the ball, the first one a blistering effort from Brad Inman which beat the keeper but hit the post. The second was a well hit striker from their new loan signing Stephen Kingsley which was well save by O'Donnell.

Wigan still had chances late on, another striker from Jacobs caused havoc only to be cleared off the line. Whilst with minutes to go Craig Davies tried the spectacular, an overhead kick, yet it flew over the cross bar.

Half time came and Wigan just about deserved the lead.

Second half and Wigan started with intent, straight from the kick off we bore down on the Crewe goal; only for the opportunity to be squandered. This would be one of a few chances in a second half which saw the Latics performance dip and Crew get a foothold in the game.

Our best second half chance fell to Will Griggs and it should have been a goal. Nice work down the Wigan left saw Craig Davies with the ball who looked up and found Griggs in the box. Griggs with a perfectly timed header directed the ball towards the Crewe goal, only for it to bounce back off the post.

Then it was a back to the walls job for the Wigan defense and a fine amount of effort was put in to play by our back three. Donervon Daniels showing why Gary Caldwell wanted him with a serious of impressive tackles and blocks to keep out an advancing Crewe.

In the end it was lucky of us that they couldn't find that finishing touch or final ball. Instead Wigan held on to another home win and clean sheet. Now attention turns to an away trip to Chesterfield next week, where we need to translate home form into playing away.