Wigan Athletic kicked off their Championship campaign with a 3-2 victory against Cardiff City, in what was a pulsating encounter.
Cardiff took the lead in the first half thanks to a low strike from Joe Ralls. Josh Windass had a chance to level after the break from the penalty spot but saw his effort rebound off the post. Winger Michael Jacobs netted Latics’ first goal of their 2019/20 season before Windass redeemed himself and handed his side the lead.
Former Latics striker Omar Bogle scored, obviously, a gracious celebration followed as he cupped his ear to the home crowd – who had the last laugh? Wigan. As Newport boy Lee Evans scored an absolute screamer to make it 3-2. A goal worthy of winning any game.
Let’s have a look at a couple of things Paul Cook will have learnt from yesterday…
Josh Windass is ready to fill the Nick Powell void
It’s early days, one good game. My word it was promising though, outstanding in fact. He looked a different player from last season, worked hard, direct, ran with the ball, looked confident and terrorised Cardiff second half. When he missed the penalty I wondered whether his head would drop, not one bit.
The reaction was brilliant. An assist, albeit a little lucky, followed by a great finish to give us the lead. Keep that up Josh. He and us fans were desperate for that performance, he’s got the ability and we need someone to step in Powell’s shoes. If he keeps playing like he did yesterday, he’s in for a big season.
Danny Fox was the best signing we’ve made in a long, long time
Last season our defence struggled at times due to a lack of experience, Fox has completely transformed it. He’s got everything. Captain yesterday, the defender led by example, threw his body in front of everything towards the end of the game – just a very solid defender that gives everything you’d want from a central defender.
Another big plus is his footballing ability. I felt we went direct too early last season because Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre weren’t comfortable enough to play out from the back, through midfield. Fox is an excellent passer, always looking for a long diagonal or a pass into the two midfielders, which sets the tone. Latics are at their best when they play with width and energy, Fox starts that from the back. A brilliant signing and hopefully stays fit for the full season.