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Fat lady starts to clear her throat after Portman Road defeat.

SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE - PORTMAN ROAD - Tuesday April 4th 2017
 

IPSWICH TOWN
McGoldrick (22)
Sears (30, 85)

3-0
WIGAN ATHLETIC

The penultimate nail was probably hammered into the coffin of our Championship season last night as we were beaten 3-0 at Portman Road.  At the start of the game there was still some optimism amongst supporters that a win could see us begin another great escape and at least take our survival bid to the wire, but three defensive errors gifted The Tractor Boys the win and despite results going our way, again, seven points from six games is probably seven too many.

Too many times this season we have failed to capitalise on the sides around us dropping points and when you struggle to score goals you can’t be gifting them to the opposition like we have at times this year.  Those mistakes did seem to have left our game but last night we made three mistakes with the ball with heavy touches from Craig Morgan, Jake Buxton and Alex Gilbey all leading to goals against the run of play.

The match was probably more of an even one than the score suggests with Matt Gilks making some impressive saves but his opposite number Bartosz Bialkowski also making several brilliant saves to deny Michael Jacobs, Ryan Colclough, and Alex Gilbey as we pushed for a way back into the game and one final chance at survival.

Yes we have already relegated Rotherham United at the weekend and then play a winnable home game against Barnsley before Blackburn and Bristol City next play so the gap could be 1 point going into Easter; but the confidence and morale to put those wins together just doesn’t seem to be there and I think we would need at least four wins from the next six games to have any chance of survival which to be perfectly honest……I can’t see happening.

The season has gone from bad to worse as it has gone on and discussions in the local pubs will continue long into the summer months, but this is turning into another season to forget for Wigan Athletic.

Graham Barrow: "The scoreline was fair as we gave them all three goals - but for Matt Gilks in goal, it could have been much worse. I am not even going to pretend that was okay. It was suicidal stuff, real kamikaze football and I do personally feel let down. Things were said in the dressing room, but they will stay in the dressing room, but the club, supporters and staff don't deserve that kind of performance. Our defending has actually been quite sound this season but all of a sudden that went up in smoke."

 

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Matt Gilks
Referee: Andy Davies replaced by Darren Deadman during game
Attendance: 14,661
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IPSWICH TOWN WIGAN ATHLETIC
33 Bialkowski 35 Gilks
12 Spence 26 Hanson
4 Chambers (C) 3 Buxton
6 Berra 33 Burn
2 Taylor 20 Morgan
30 Kenlock 23 Warnock (C)
18 Ward 4 Perkins
37 Diagouraga 16 MacDonald
44 Huws 6 Power
10 McGoldrick 17 Jacobs
20 Sears 27 Colclough
SUBS
1 Gerken 28 Haugaard
5 Smith 2 James
11 Pitman 7 Gilbey
17 Bru 11 Obertan
21 Williams 12 Connolly
28 Moore 21 Bruce
42 Samuel 31 Byrne

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