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Wigan Athletic 0 v 0 Ipswich Town
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Saturday, 27th March 2021 Kick-off 15:00
Wigan Athletic 0-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 27th Mar 2021 17:01

Town boss Paul Cook’s return to his former club Wigan Athletic ended in a 0-0 draw. James Norwood came closest to a goal in the first half, while Funso Ojo and Callum Lang had the best opportunities for the Latics in the second with a draw a fair result.

Kane Vincent-Young made his first start in 17 months as manager Paul Cook made two changes to his Town side with Freddie Sears also returning to the team.

Vincent-Young, a late sub at Portsmouth last week, was at right-back with skipper Luke Chambers moving into the middle for James Wilson, who missed out with a knee injury.

Sears came into the XI for Keanan Bennetts, who dropped out of the 18 and played a left-sided attacking role with few defensive responsibilities. Alan Judge was on the left but tucked in with Gwion Edwards on the right and Alan Judge on the left.

Oli Hawkins was on the bench for the first time having recovered after undergoing knee surgery in January. Jon Nolan, who is out with a knee injury, sat with the subs in the stand.

Among the travelling staff for the first time and on the bench was U23s coach Kieron Dyer.

Wigan made three changes with former Blue Will Keane, Viv Solomon-Otabor and Thelo Aasgaard coming into the line-up, while Scott Wootton and Jamie Proctor missed out due to knocks, while whilst Dan Gardner dropped to the bench.

As at Portsmouth a week ago, Town wore last year’s burgundy and blue away shirt but with blue shorts with a yellow and burgundy trim but on this occasion with burgundy socks.

Prior to kick-off the two benches greeted one another warmly, Wigan boss Leam Richardson having been Cook’s assistant boss at Wigan, Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Accrington.

Neither side threatened in a frantic opening 10 minutes but on 13, having made an important clearing header from Solomon-Otabor’s cross from the left, Chambers blocked Lee Evans’s shot from the edge of the box before Sears was sent away down the left with the Blues urged to get forward quickly by manager Cook from the sidelines.

The former West Ham man played low into the box for Norwood, who tried to flick on to Edwards but the ball was bundled away from the Welshman with the difficult pitch playing a part.

Moments later, Aasgaard was booked for a foul on Judge after the Irishman had taken the ball away from the Wigan midfielder as he looked to shoot from the edge of the box.

In the 24th minute when Norwood chased a looping ball over the top and beat Wigan keeper Jamie Jones to it five yards outside the box.

The Town striker hooked it towards goal but sent it wide before Jones, the home side’s skipper, clattered into him. Referee Ross Joyce immediately indicated a corner, however, Jones hadn’t appeared to get even close to the ball and was lucky not to have seen a card.

Wigan were next to threaten in the 29th minute when Callum Lang played in Keane on the right and the former Town man struck a shot from a tight angle on the right, however, Nsiala slid in to block.

Three minutes later, Lang blazed over from distance for the Latics before the Blues began to put the Lancastrians under a spell of pressure, winning a couple of free-kicks in dangerous areas which were sent into the box and defended by the home side.

After a spell where Wigan were on top but without working a chance, in the final minute of the half, Edwards played in Vincent-Young on the right of the box from where the ex-Colchester man cut back to Sears, whose effort was deflected behind for a corner.

Chambers flicked the flag-kick on at the near post and the ball flew dangerously across goal but without a Town player being able to get a touch.

Wigan immediately broke and the Blues looked to be outnumbered, however, a potentially dangerous ball from the right was cut out by Vincent-Young and seconds later the half was brought to a close.

Despite not having had too many out-and-out chances, the Blues, looking to get the ball forward quickly to their front pair, had had the better of what had been a scrappy half with Norwood having come closest to a goal with keeper Jones very fortunate to have avoided some sort of sanction for his challenge.

In addition, the Blues won a number of corners and free-kicks in dangerous positions, which they ought to have made more of, while Sears’s late opportunity had been well worked down the right.

Wigan’s best chance had been Keane’s shot which was blocked with Tomas Holy not forced into a save.

Town swapped Vincent-Young, who had suffered a hamstring problem, for Luke Woolfenden at the break, the academy product making his first appearance since Cook took charge in his secondary role of right-back.

Vincent-Young had shown some glimpses of what made such an impression on fans when he came in last season, although while inevitably a little ring rusty.

The Latics started the second half on the front foot, an early header from a corner looping into Holy’s arms

Wigan should have taken the lead in the 53rd minute when Funso Ojo was played in on the right of the box by Keane but screwed his shot wide of the far post.

Within a minute, Norwood burst away from his man on the right of the area at the other end but sent his cross too far in front of Sears.

Having made little real headway since the break, the Blues swapped Sears and Judge for Kayden Jackson and Josh Harrop as the game reached the hour mark.

Three minutes later, following a half-cleared long throw, Ojo nodded George Johnston’s cross from the left through to Holy with the keeper grabbing it just ahead of Keane as the striker looked to add a final touch.

In the 64th minute Tendayi Darikwa was booked for a late lunge on Harrop as the sub exchanged passes with Bishop as the Blues worked their way forward.

The game started to become more open and on 68 Edwards broke away past a number of defenders on the right but his cross was eventually cleared. As Wigan counter-attacked Woolfenden hauled down Aasgaard and was booked.

Moments later, Wigan swapped Aasgaard for Dan Gardner, then on 70 Lang was yellow-carded for a foul on Ward.

Wigan broke from Town’s free-kick with Edwards failing to deal with a high ball forward and Holy had to come out of his goal to clear his lines.

Soon afterwards, Armando Dobra replaced Edwards. The Albanian U21 international almost immediately fell awkwardly on his shoulder on the edge of the Town box, as he sought to clear a Chambers block from a Lang shot, but after treatment was able to carry on.

In the 78th minute Dozzell and Dobra exchanged passes on the right after the former England U20 international’s free-kick had been blocked. Norwood reached the looping return ball before Dozzell and managed a shot from a very tight angle which was bundled away from goal.

Wigan weren’t far away from breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute when Lang for once got away from Chambers but his stabbed effort at goal was stopped by Holy’s feet.

Two minutes later, Zach Clough took over from Solomon-Otabor for the home side, then on 87 Chambers was booked for a foul on Lang. In the penultimate scheduled minute, Keane was replaced by Joe Dodoo.

As the game moved into six minutes of injury time, Lang chased after a long ball over the top but Chambers got across to head it away, colliding with the striker as he did so. Wigan claimed a penalty, however, the Town captain looked to have won the ball cleanly.

Neither side was able to find a goal in the remaining minutes and both sides had to settle for a point.

A draw was probably a fair result from a keenly-contested but not particularly high quality affair.

As so often with Town games, chances were rare at both ends with the Blues unable to find a way through the Wigan backline and Town centre-halves Chambers and Nsiala resolute at the other end.

While Town shaded the first half, Wigan had the better of the second and came closest to finding a goal with Ojo’s shot across the face the only really significant opportunity for either side.

The draw ends a run of three successive away defeats but sees the Blues remain 11th - their position going into the match - although only two points off the play-offs ahead of Good Friday’s home game against Bristol Rovers.

Wigan: Jones (c), Darikwa, Johnston, Tilt, Robinson, Ojo, Evans, Aasgaard (Gardner 68), Lang, Solomon-Otabor (Clough 84), Keane (Dodoo 89). Unused: Evans, Whelan, Perry, Long.

Town: Holy, Vincent-Young (Woolfenden 46), Nsiala, Chambers (c), Ward, Dozzell, Bishop, Edwards (Dobra 71), Judge (Harrop 60), Sears (Jackson 60), Norwood. Unused: Cornell, Skuse, Hawkins. Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

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JET added 17:12 - Mar 27
realistically, if we do by the skin of our teeth somehow get into the play-offs, we still won't win
its the realisation of a team not good enough and another season in league 1 next year

TimmyH added 17:12 - Mar 27
I wonder if the players that didn't have a good game today (many of them) i.e. Judge, Dozzell, Chambers, Ward, Sears etc will be dropped as per how Kenlock has been?

Side looked totally listless...


Beattiesballbag added 17:13 - Mar 27
Think Edwards should stop chasing sheep ....the might have more energy.

johnwarksshorts added 17:13 - Mar 27
I don't think any manager could improve this lot. Absolutely awful. No urgency, no fight, no desire to win apart from Toto, Kvy, Dobs, & Nors.

CheffyCooky added 17:15 - Mar 27
Absolute shambles, please please please, don’t insult the supporters further by giving the usual midweek bullsh1t interview, you’re all an embarrassment to the badge, and hopefully very few will be wearing it next year

SickParrot added 17:15 - Mar 27
It's still early days but I can'thelp thinking that PC's not going to be able to get much more out of these players. I know we're still only 2 points off 6th, but I wish the season was over. I have no confidence in this group of players and want the mass clearout to begin.

Drifter3012 added 17:15 - Mar 27
I had hoped Paul Cook would instill some passion and tactical no how into this squad but no matter what we think this team has gone backwards in March.
I wanted rid of Lambert like everyone else and I understand that most of our players are pretty u/s.
But as yet Cook has shown that he doesn't seem to have the players under his control.
If we go back to the Hull, Doncaster & Stanley wins these guys look no where near where they were then.

Just hoping that we can rebuild and Cook can get in players who will play for him & the badge.

carlo88 added 17:16 - Mar 27
Supporting this team gives me indigestion.

pistolpete added 17:16 - Mar 27
Where was the urgency and must win fighting spirit which we hear about in every interview the players give after each disappointing result we have had to endure for the whole of this season. The players can talk a good game when they speak about how they need to improve for the next game but I am beyond believing or caring what any of our players have to say after that display today. We will not get promoted this season and need a major change to the core of the squad for next season. The only positive is that I will be saving some money by not wasting a tenner on iFollow for the rest of this season!

Churchmansforever added 17:16 - Mar 27
Another toothless performance. Oh for some more bite in the opponents half of the pitch.
One plus was that we did not succeed in signing Curtis Tilt, after the long saga when we tried to get him. Don't think we missed much, Toto looks a better player to me.

Ipswichbusiness added 17:16 - Mar 27
Last season we started brightly, but then faded. On the PPG we finished 11th.

This season we started brightly, but then faded. We are now 11th.

Be under no illusions, we are a mid-table League One (Division 3) club.

How Sir Bobby would weep if he could see us now.

chopra777 added 17:17 - Mar 27
Gutless performance.The players do not want promotion. Total lack of ideas. After 60 minutes it looked odds on for 0-0. We are cursed with this bunch of players. When we play these lowly teams Ipswich will be harassed and will just defend to save face. Get the dustbin ready PC.

inghamspur added 17:18 - Mar 27
Boring. Play-offs, my @rse.

bluechelmsford9 added 17:18 - Mar 27
Football should be entertaining save that sometimes you accept it’s not entertaining for the purposes of grinding out a result. Ipswich are not getting results nor are they entertaining. We created absolutely nothing again today and held on to a point against Wigan. This group of players is not good enough, end of.

brittaniaman added 17:20 - Mar 27
New Manager Bounce !!! Cowleys 6pts. Cook 1pt. What has Happened with our players ??

DebsyAngel added 17:20 - Mar 27
From what I heard - absolute boring drivel. Don't think I have ever heard Brennar so fed up! I went and did the washing up, it was that exciting, anything to stop me dozing off. Just not good enough. Hope KYV is ok and just taken off as a precaution though.

multiplescoregasms added 17:20 - Mar 27
What a terrible game. That's us staying down then. So, who out of this shambolic squad do you keep? Let's hope the end of the season sees the end of some Ipswich careers.

norfolkbluey added 17:22 - Mar 27
This performance says it all. No change here, no magic wand no promotion. Another year in the 1st division. Things have been poor before but possibly never like this. These constant disappointing performances only underlines the mammoth task for PC. His humour hides the situation he finds himself in. Do I believe in miracles, possibly but not this season. Mid table will be a result. Just looking at the playoff placed teams and their scoring records how on earth would we hope to win against any of them. PC, for heaven's sake one up front just doesn't work for these players, not this season anyway!

Lathers added 17:22 - Mar 27
Could easily have lost today. ifollow need to start offering discounts to watch that Shiite. Another Paul who can’t get a tune out of this pathetic team. Cook didn’t help himself starting with Judge, Edwards and Sears.... and then surprise surprise giving them all the hook. Surely he’s seen enough now to drop them all. What does Dozzell actually bring to the team? Bishop goes missing for most of the game. Such a poor CM partnership that regularly gets dominated and bullied and is so ineffective. Norwood up on his own trying to win headers against big centre backs all afternoon. Set pieces were awful too. Can’t actually think of any positives from today. Rochdale haven’t won in 19 home games must be rubbing their hands together for Easter Monday when soft touch Ipswich rock up. Pi55 poor today... again.

planetblue_2011 added 17:25 - Mar 27
So all the bad results was lamberts fault😆 it’s been the players all along they just ain’t good enough, useless in fact. Kept hold of MM we wouldn’t even be in this 💩 division. Feel so sorry for PC & what he has inherited, but he probably can’t wait till the summer for his mass clear out👍

LonE17Blue added 17:26 - Mar 27

And whilst I'm feeling a bit ratty, I'M NOT SHOUTING, just using capital letters.

It's a figment of your imaginations, if you think it's SHOUTING.
It's a stupid concept thought up by some bore, who was also probably feeling ratty at the time.
It's not hurting your eyes and you can't hear me. So there!

jas0999 added 17:26 - Mar 27
Nowhere near good enough I’m afraid. With Evans at the game, let’s hope he left feeling very disappointed with himself. After years of neglecting the squad, we are where we are. An average mid table side who can’t score against a very poor Wigan. This is a very poor result.

Elizabeth added 17:29 - Mar 27
The majority of these players are a total embarrassment to ITFC .. they are not worthy of the shirt . Running around like headless chickens , totally clueless !
No chance of promotion with this shower so let’s play some of the youngsters who actually might put in a shift .. don’t think I’ll be subscribing to watch any more games unless there’s a complete change of personnel on the pitch .. sorry times at Portman Road .. ☹️

bluesince76 added 17:33 - Mar 27
Evans wanted to buy cheap players from league 1 and 2 that's why were so bad no manager could get better results club needs to be sold to owners with deep pockets

BartonBluee added 17:35 - Mar 27
Lol these players must be dreading fans coming back! If they continue to play like that when stadiums are full again they’ll be ripped to shreds! Forget about the past, this club currently has no character. A silent owner, another PR Paul and a toothless bunch of players. Unless you literally replaced them all bar maybe 3 or 4 (which won’t happen btw, so everyone wishing for a massive clear out needs to realise that) we will still be watching the same tosh next season. As for all the fake news on here about a buy out, not going to happen, what the hell are you investing in! And no one say “the history” as the history doesn’t do anything about the abject cr@p we are seeing at the moment.

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