Jacobs Cracker Moves Tics to Second

Second half strike sends Latics back into automatic places.

SKYBET LEAGUE ONE - DW STADIUM - Tuesday September 19th 2017

 

WIGAN ATHLETIC
Jacobs (56)

1-0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN

This was never going to be a classic with the playing style of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but the end result was exactly what we wanted and needed as the win has moved us into second place in the table with games now equal with the sides around us. I would certainly have taken that midway through September had you offered it to me.

Having seen Hasselbaink bring both Burton Albion amd QPR to The DW and bore the life out of everyone whilst picking up the win, the tactics from his new Northampton side were nothing different to what I expected but I thought we handled it far better than we have previously. Dan Burn was once again outstanding and when he was beaten, Jamie Jones showed his best in a Latics shirt to keep the visitors scoreless and give us the upper hand.

We certainly started the better of the two sides as The Cobblers seemed happy to sit back and try to hit us with a long ball on the counter, again nothing unexpected, and Will Grigg thought he had given us the lead when he calmly slotted past loanee Matt Ingram but the late late flag from the linesman led to the Northern Ireland man being penalised for offside. Grigg took his chance well though, but it was to be his last clear chance as the visitors defence led by Leon Barnett frustrated him, Gavin Massey, Michael Jacobs and Gary Roberts for most of the night.

Michael Jacobs was probably our best player throughout and it was his wonder goal just before the hour that settled the game against his hometown club.  Picking the ball up in space, Jacobs advanced forward before unleashing an unstoppable 30 yard strike giving Ingram no chance.  We should really have added to our lead through Dan Burn after the big defender was free in the area after Will Grigg pulled the ball back, but his shot would eventually go for a throw.  Sam Morsy did look to have added a second but the linesman decided his effort off the post had not crossed the line.  It's a tough one at normal speed and will only add to the arguments for goal-line technology.

Northampton's best chance fell to Leon Barnett who looked to have equalised and added to the list of ex-players to come back and score against us, but Jamie Jones was equal to the task to preserve his clean sheet and keep the three points intact.

PAUL COOK

"It’s one of the most pleasing wins of the season for me after we had the extra game with the international break, Northampton have done smashing since Jimmy came in, with them changing managers they’ve been on a good run and it was always going to be a difficult game. But I thought we showed really good patience in the game, we created really good opportunities to score."

 

"Michael Jacobs’ finish was absolutely top draw but Jamie Jones needs to get a mention for an absolutely outstanding save but all in all, I think we deserved winners tonight and to get a clean sheet and a 1-0 win, it’s really pleasing, I’m delighted for the boys tonight"

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Michael Jacobs
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Attendance: 7,777
LINE UP
WIGAN ATHLETIC NORTHAMPTON TOWN
 23 Jones  13 Ingram
 2 Byrne  2 Moloney
 33 Burn  5 Barnett
 22 Dunkley  6 Taylor
 26 James  3 Buchanan
 5 Morsy (C)  26 Poole
 8 Evans  11 Powell
 11 Massey  4 Kasim
 18 Roberts  29 Grimes
 17 Jacobs  27 Hanley
 9 Grigg  9 Richards
SUBS
 31 Sarkic  1 Cornell
 3 Elder  7 Waters
 4 Perkins  8 Foley
 6 Power  10 Revell
 10 Toney  15 Bowditch
 14 Bruce  16 Pierre
 27 Colclough   19 Long

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