Wigan Athletic 3 – 0 MK Dons match report
LEAGUE ONE – DW STADIUM
Saturday 6th March 2021
3 – 0
After a recent run of impressive performances that didn’t yield the deserved result, we finally got the win those recent performances have deserved with a thumping 3-0 home win over MK Dons.
On top from literally the first whistle, we could quite easily have had five or six as Wigan born ‘keeper Andrew Fisher kept the visitors in the game. Callum Lang will feel he could have done better with his early one-on-one but the Latics striker certainly made up for it later on.
It was 23 minutes before our dominance was turned into a lead however through George Johnstone’s first senior goal. It started with great work from the impressive Viv Solomon-Otabor down the left to beat his defender (which he did most of the game) before his cross was met at the far post by Johnstone who gave Fisher no chance.
It should probably have been 2-0 when Gavin Massey forced another save from Fisher but the scramble was cleared before Joe Dodoo could force it home.
The visitors did come into the game slightly after that and almost got a lucky and undeserved equaliser when defender Harry Darling struck the post from 30 yards out surprising Jamie Jones who had just saved well from Ethan Laird. Latics saw the half out though and thoroughly deserved lead into the break.
One constant with recent displays, and so many games this season, has been taking the lead and going on to lose the game but I’m not sure that ever felt like a possibility today given our dominance. Yes MK Dons had plenty of possession but Jamie Jones in the Latics goal had very little to do for the majority of the game.
The points were pretty much secured just after the hour mark when Funso Ojo won the ball in midfield and fed Gavin Massey on the right and his pinpoint cross was headed home by the diving Callum Lang who atoned for his earlier miss powering his header past Fisher.
Lang has now scored six goals since his return from Motherwell in January and it highlights some of the ridiculous footballing decisions that have been made by the administrators. How many points have we lost prior to January by not having a Callum Lang in the side?
If the game wasn’t over as a contest then, it certainly was five minutes later when MK Dons insistence on playing it out from the back finally cost them when a poor back pass was jumped on by Joe Dodoo. He fed Solomon-Otabor and unselfishly the winger took the backtracking defenders out the game before laying it back to Dodoo to tap into an empty net for his first Tics goal.
MK Dons did rally in the final 10 minutes, hitting the woodwork for the second time, plus having a blatant penalty waved away, and a yellow card for simulation to add to the mix.
But we have had plenty more than that thrown at us over the course of this season, I guess it was time that something went our way.
Grigg would have had a rousing reception had there been fands allowed in th ground, though we would have hoped for the blank he drew.
As comprehensive a win as I think we will probably see this season and hopefully a massive shot of confidence for the players after recent near misses. As always in March during a relegation fight – we’re not down yet.
Cockney Latic MOM: GEORGE JOHNSTON
Referee: Anthony Backhouse (6/10)
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