Wigan picked up a fantastic victory at the Pirelli Stadium, moving them closer to escaping the relegation zone. I go through each player’s performance and who was the man of the match in my opinion.
Jakob Haugaard: Rating- 7
Didn’t really have much to do. Collected the ball in the air well, made a brilliant stop from O’Grady which could of easily turned the game around. Fantastic kicking too, seems to be an impressive signing by Joyce. 2 clean sheets in 2 games for a keeper, what more can you want?
Stephen Warnock: Rating-8
The man’s hard as nails. One fan last season suggested Warnock could go into Burger King, ask for a pie barm, and get one. Today’s performance backed that up, as he gave everything for the team, got stuck in and led by example as captain. Excellent assist for Connolly’s first goal, which was his third assist in his last two games.
Dan Burn: Rating-8
The 6’7 giant had an absolute field day against Burton’s long ball tactic, as he headed pretty much everything that came to him. Made some fantastic blocks, calm on the ball, and is forming a nice partnership with Buxton. Who would have thought Burn would be a solid performance after his start to his Latics career? I didn’t rate him at all, but now, I really rate him.
Jake Buxton: Rating-7
Experienced pro. Very smart decision making, dealt with Burton’s physicality well, didn’t put a foot wrong and was solid defensively. Forming a good partnership with Dan Burn which is improving every week.
Callum Connolly: Rating-9
A dream debut, could possibly go down as one of the best Wigan debutants of all time. In a game which such high stakes, to put in a performance like that was sensational. Two goals from playing right back, probably makes him close to our top scorer too. Man of the match for me
Shaun MacDonald: Rating-7
Solid performance from a man who’s really growing into the side. Worked really well with Power and Sam Morsy, another who put in a fantastic defensive shift and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Sam Morsy: Rating- 8
Sam Morsy, Morsy, Morsy, Morsy. How he was told by the previous gaffer he wasn’t good enough is beyond me. He’s completely resurrected the Wigan midfield since he was recalled by Joyce, and I hope we do everything we can to get him to stay. Excellent passing, got stuck in and put in a fantastic shift in both attacking and defensive areas. Strong candidate for man of the match.
Max Power: Rating-8
Power has received criticism of late from Latics fans, but recently he’s been a consistent performance and today, it finally looks like we are seeing the Max Power from 2015-16. Was really unlucky with his effort that went narrowly wide, especially considering how the Burton defenders were all over him. Good passing, some great tackles and put a shift in. Unfortunately picked up a knock but hopefully he’s fine for Brentford.
Yanic Wildschut: Rating-7
Couldn’t really get into the game. His decision making however is improving and I appreciate how he tracks back to help defend which his previous manager found a problem with. Had a few good runs at Burton, however didn’t have a massive impact on the game. Gutted when he limped off injured, hopefully it was for precaution and he will be ready for next week’s game as he’s crucial to the team.
Micheal Jacobs: Rating-7
Jacobs has struggled to adapt to the Championship but today, he played well and put a really good shift in going forward and also tracking back to help Connolly on the right. Didn’t put a foot wrong, impressive performance.
Will Grigg: Rating-7
Another who couldn’t really get into the game. Unlucky with his effort in the first half, and his movement and link up play was fantastic in the final third. Some nice touches, but did struggle slightly with the physicality of Turner and McFadzean, as he is not a player you want to lump the ball to.
Didn’t really have enough time to be judged and have a rating.
Written by Jay Whittle