Wigan Athletic gained a big three points on Saturday, after defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium.
Although it’s three points, we dominated the game throughout, I’m still slightly worried about our ability to break sides down in open play. Our two goals on Saturday came from defender Chey Dunkley off two corners, goals a goal, it doesn’t matter how you score them. However, it’s not a reliable source, your centre half isn’t going to score two every week. We need more from our creative players.
Nobody played badly on Saturday
Nobody played badly on Saturday, Joe Williams, Antonee Robinson and Dunkley stood out for me. Whereas the only two I felt slightly underperformed were Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey. I do sympathise with both, as they’re jobs have changed now we have Kieffer Moore upfront.
Jacobs and Massey are both players that like to drift inside, look to link up with the number 10 and score goals. Jacobs has 30 goals for Wigan, which proves he’s a good finisher if he gets into the box, while Massey has 11 goals in two seasons, and is still returning to full fitness. With Moore up front, they are expected to provide the width and put quality crosses into the box for Moore.
Personally, I think our full-backs are quicker and put better quality into the box, and this is something we should look to exploit. If Jacobs and Massey are more comfortable drifting inside, get Robinson and Nathan Byrne on the overlap, they both possess serious pace, especially Robinson.
When Josh Windass returns from injury, I expect him to play behind Moore, and Lowe will play in his preferred right wing position. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Windass and Moore works. At the moment we aren’t really benefiting from Moore’s flick-ons, however, Windass is very good at running in-behind defences, so it could be a match made in heaven.