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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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62WasBest added 11:17 - Mar 28
Ebantiass - Of course Cook has to be given time. It is the length of time the club have been mediocre that drives impatience but don't forget, Lambert also inherited much of that dross too.

BettyBlue added 11:22 - Mar 28
And added another 20 dross players....

pops added 12:03 - Mar 28
Mid field so lightweight and giving ball away. Edwards and Sears looked completely lacking in interest or desire. Why oh why do we take so much time to take goal kicks, free kicks and particularly throw ins. Teams have time to regroup and ITFC players do not want the ball. I dispear at what the manager has to deal with. Sad times and many players need to turn up or go as i am sure several will.

TimmyH added 13:09 - Mar 28
We are in joint 21st place in the league for goals scored, 24th (bottom) for goals scored in the 1st half at home, 22nd for shots in total and 19th for shots on target - utterly pathetic!!!

Dockerblue added 13:25 - Mar 28
Bettyblue- what was Lambert doing for 2 years? Boring the pants off everyone telling them what massive clubs he,s played for and managed. Apart from that it seems, not a lot!

BettyBlue added 14:13 - Mar 28
This pathetic showing has more to do with Lambert than anything PC has done so far.

We need to thank anyone who would take on this punch of losers.

pup12 added 14:16 - Mar 28
Oh dear oh dear terrible .Why do we still insist on playing from the back ?the three games we won on the spin was down to Matt Gill and co changing to a slightly more direct approach that suits the players we have .Why can’t Cook see this ?Jonhson turned Sunderland around ,Cowley brothers took over Portsmouth two wins on the bounce .Cook takes over town one win in 6,we are awful as a team ,but play to our strengths .Why are we playing one up top in league one ,we are not Man City.Like Mick Mills said keep it simple .Good job we have a few points already as I’d fear for us going down.Oh yer Jimmy Floyd took over Burton ,probably gonna save them after looking down and out .Big clear out needed .coyb

pup12 added 14:19 - Mar 28
I forgot to add a weeks full training? They had Thursday off ready to travel Friday ?Hows that a full week .??

dirtydingusmagee added 14:32 - Mar 28
the only thing that has changed is the face in the dugout . Im not knocking PC, i feel for him taking on this squad, they are a bunch of flatliners, no fight no guts no pride. Everyone was clinging to the hope of a ''new manager bounce'' , nothing ! it seems to me that its an effort for these t#ssers to get out of bed in the mornings.Cook should have no qualms about upsetting any of them, they need a reality check.and a boot up their a#ses. Lambert was far too easy going, in his eyes , they were brilliant, could ask for more, and that is whats contributed to this pathetic attitude in the players.Evans has no desire or expectations so he was happy to let the dog sleep on , APATHY AND UNDER INVESTMENT = FAILURE.

DerryfromBury added 14:41 - Mar 28
I'll repeat what I said a few weeks ago. Get shot of the lot of em. Not one of them deserve the right to pull on the shirt and to have ITFC on their CV's. No Passion, No Desire, No Guts and certainly No idea. Stinking attitude from a bunch of so called professionals.


atty added 15:57 - Mar 28
If l was PC, having witnessed what he has, l would ask to meet ME face to face, and ask him to confirm that certain players will be told they’re not wanted and that funds will be made to rebuild the squad, and name a price. No ifs, buts, depends on etc.,just a straight yes or no. If no,l’d walk rather than have my reputation damaged by some of the players in this squad who are stealing a living.

atty added 17:00 - Mar 28
62WasBest. Spot on.oh for days when we had a Chairmen and a proper Board, emotionally invested in their Club.Collective responsibility, knowledge and experience, who lead from the top and were a presence at the Ckub. They had an ethos, a commitment to doing things the right way,a way that earned us respect in the world of football. Now we have a shareholder(not a Chairman,Director or even an employee,running the Club from a distance, with a front man mouthpiece with a fancy title, with just two directors we never see. We are now a joke, and if it were not for Academy and the women’s team, a total and utter joke. Tragic,truly tragic.

atty added 17:13 - Mar 28
Leaving aside the young players officially in the squad like Wright, I would dispose of the following:-
Holy, Cornell, Chambers, Kenlock, Nolan, Dozzell, Edwards, Skuse, Sears, Jackson, Judge,and Huws.

Blue_Meanie added 18:19 - Mar 28
Tipping out of their Range Rovers on match day in the club trackie.
Louis Vuitton man bag tucked under arm.
Hair perfectly cut (what lockdown?).
Trendy beard neatly trimmed.
Sleeve tattoo in place.
Take to the pitch, absolute sh1te.
No you ain’t professional footballers but frauds stealing a living.
You can all do one.

Rimsy added 19:14 - Mar 28
Let's face it, That is our level at the moment. The players up just not up to it. Big clearout in the summer and let Cook build a better team. He's got to be given carte blanche on who stays and who goes. There will be plenty of players available in the summer for little or no money, better than this shower. But Cook has impressed me and I feel that at last we have a man to take us forward. Just not this season with the lack of quality he's inherited.

dirtydingusmagee added 20:26 - Mar 28
PC must be thinking his 2 yr contract is like a life sentance now , He has a good reputation and is putting it on the line with a useless bunch of wasters. Evans has seen all the managers he appointed , leave having failed ,all having made it clear prior to of after leaving that the club is in a mess and that lack of funds was the reason for failure.Has he learned from it, no, or if he has, he dosnt care .

shakytown added 21:05 - Mar 28
The apathy starts with the owner. most owners are more involved on a day to day basis and make it very clear what their expectations are. Mr invisible does not and this has let the players off the hook for all these years. Time to either sell or gets personally involved and take more responsibility Mr Evans.

madmouse1959 added 00:10 - Mar 29
Sad to say. I just can not see any prospects of change at this club under Marcus Evans. The man is seemingly so out of touch with what is really going on. There is a cozy culture at this club and both Paul Cook & Evans have to do something now.

Barty added 08:04 - Mar 29
Crap yet again - so sadly lacking throughout the whole team. PC needs to be given time but from what I have seen so far - not one bit impressed. We must change formation and be more direct. Current system clearly not working but it is difficult for PC as he has no decent players at his disposal

cat added 08:28 - Mar 29
Luckily for the players the crowds ain’t in otherwise there would be a chorus of “your not fit to wear the shirt”. The players are an utter embarrassment, living the high life, picking up there huge wedge and delivering nothing in what’s a pish poor league. We are being lead by the worse Captain in our history, playing week in week out, it’s an utter joke. But hey, what do we know, we are just the supporters.

londontractorboy57 added 09:55 - Mar 29
OH is this realy what you wished for COOK OUT.

Razor added 11:47 - Mar 29
The only thing that has changed with the new manager is the accent and the results

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