Match Stats

Headed Goals See Wigan Close Gap At The Top

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Headed goals either side of half-time from Josh Magennis and Will Keane saw Wigan Athletic defeat Crewe Alexandra close the gap at the top of League 1 at the Alexandra Stadium last night.

Manager David Artell made one change to the starting 11 from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Sunderland with forward Bassala Sambou coming in for midfielder Regan Griffiths, the latter dropping down to the bench.

The opening chance came in the 6th minute with Dave Richards denying right wing-back Tendayi Darikwa before Callum Ainley would force Ben Amos into a save at the other end a minute later. From the resulting corner, Rekeem Harper would hit a drive from a distance that would hit land on the roof of the net before the visitors would take the lead a minute before the break with Magennis heading in a Max Power free-kick.

The lead would be doubled 8 minutes into the second half with Keane heading in a cross from Joe Bennett’s left-sided cross.

Our next couple of games sees the Alex host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday before a trip to MK Dons the following Saturday.

What can we take out of this game?

It’s more of the same goals that we have conceded – firstly Magennis and another Wigan player were unmarked for the opener before Keane would be up against Tom Lowery in the air for the second (an 8-inch height difference between the two players).

Once again, the game would follow the same pattern as many this season where we would go two or more goals behind before teams would sit back and invite us to break them down (which we have struggled to create anything).

Crewe Alexandra
0 – 2
Wigan Athletic

Alexandra Stadium

League 1

15/03/2022 7:45 pm

Attendance: 5310

Referee: Ben Toner

Crewe Alexandra Wigan Athletic
Magennis, Keane
Richards Amos
Offord Kerr
O'Riordan Whatmough
Williams 65 Tilt
Lundstram 78 Darikwa
 
Lowery Power
Ainley Naylor 87
Harper 65 Bennett
 
69
Johnson Humphrys 78
Long Keane
Sambou Magennis

Substitutes

Jaaskelainen Jones
Porter
 
78 Watts
O. Finney Pearce 69
Murphy 65 Edwards 78
Griffiths 65 Massey
Lawton Shinnie 87
Salisbury Bayliss

Game Statistics

7 Goal attempts 13
2 On Target 4
2 Corners 5
14 Fouls 14
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

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