A fantastically placed strike from Sam Morsy and a Harlee Dean own goal, which was a result of a Morsy shot, separated the Latics from Brentford at the DW Stadium and give Wigan the three points needed to climb out of the bottom three.
Morsy, who had signed a new contract at the DW only days before, scored his first Wigan goal of the season at the 28 minute mark with a superb curled effort that flew past Bentley, who was between the sticks for Brentford, and into the far corner. The Egyptian international popped up again just four minutes later when his skewed shot from inside the box hit Bees defender Harlee Dean and bundled into the Brentford goal, much to the delight of the Wigan fans. Morsy’s shot was off target so it did go down as an own goal, no matter how much the stadium announced wanted it to be Morsy’s second!
Brentford attempted to put more pressure on after the break but the Latics more than matched it and created some great chances. The travelling opposition did have some attacking endevours however, the biggest chance being a header that came from a corner which was phenomenally saved by Latics keeper Jakob Haugaard who stretched valiantly to deny Andreas Bjelland. Brentford’s efforts did pay off in the end as Jota tapped in a bundled save by Haugaard, but alas it wasn’t enough and Warren Joyce’s men picked up three incredibly vital points.
It’s no coincidence that in the three games Morsy has played since being recalled from his loan at Barnsley Wigan have had three wins. At Burton last weekend he was seemingly everywhere and today was no different. Besides from the goal the midfielder made some fantastic dribbles and really was the Latics’ talisman today and he has the goal to prove it.
Another player who has continued to play out of his skin is Shaun MacDonald who put in a spectacular performance that rivaled his last one at Burton. He made important tackles and interceptions and seemingly controlled the middle of the park with ease. If he continues to perform like he has done all season we have a very good chance of surviving.
With results going our way, Wigan are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference and our survival is in our hands again. With the way Joyce has got the players to perform the past few weeks, it feels like we could give every team in this division a run for their money and maybe a few more signings this transfer window could give us a really solid team and secureour place in England’s second tier. With the exquisite showcases of talent in the last 3 weeks, all I can say is; roll on Manchester United!
Jakob Haugaard – 7.5
Stephen Warnock – 7
Jake Buxton – 7
Dan Burn – 7.5
Callum Connolly – 7.5
Shaun MacDonald – 8.5
Sam Morsy – 9.5
David Perkins – 7
Max Power – 7.5
Michael Jacobs – 8
Will Grigg – 6.5
Ryan Tunnicliffe – 6 (Perkins 76′)
Adam Le Fondre – 6 (Power 85′)
Craig Morgan – 6 (Grigg 90+4′)
By Harry Robinson