Failure to play well for 90 minutes isn’t irregular at any level but the better teams find a way to get in front and see the game out. We got the lead, weren’t playing well but let it all get away from us with virtually the last kick of the game. In all honesty Wigan were very good for a point, they had the better chances on the night and would have felt harshly done by had they left with nothing. Having said that we just needed to concentrate for one last corner, and like Saturday we collapsed.
Kemar Roofe replaced Alex Mowatt in the only change and had a decent first half but didn’t make any impact in the second. We didn’t really get going although we did look decent in patches. Hadi Sacko provided the impetus going forward but his decision making was all wrong in the main, his one good ball was collected by Chris Wood and battered into the far corner, a quite wonderful finish from the best player on the park. The only other one who was probably as good as him was Eunan O’Kane, who was the face of the defeat last night, looking around at his team mates wondering and asking exactly what had happened.
The goal had been coming, had the game carried on another 5 minutes then Wigan would have probably fancied their chances of going on to win the game. Until we scored I would say we are better, just about. After the goal Wigan were much the better side. They could have had two before the break and after the break both sides cancelled each other out. Chris Wood had a header well saved by Adam Bogdan, the striker was having a very productive game. The subs came and it just didn’t work. Antonsson and Grimes arrived for Sacko and Wood, subs that worked at the weekend when we were chasing the game but didn’t work last night at all. Mowatt came on for Hernandez and the game was in the hands of Wigan.
We nearly hung on but the last gasp corner cost us the 3 points. If we had won the game then my player ratings would have nudged up slightly but the reality of the result probably means the ratings are a much more accurate perception of how they performed.
Green – 6 – Great save in first half, kicking went a bit erratic at the end.
Ayling – 6 – Struggled as the game went on, Wigan piled the pressure on but was solid enough.
Jansson – 6 – Made a few errors of timing tackles last night but recovered in the main.
Bartley – 7 – I thought Bartley was good last night, good leader.
Taylor – 5 – Decent first half followed by the worst display of his Leeds days in the second. Lucky to get a 5.
O’Kane – 7 – Worked so hard and kept the team passing despite others fading rapidly.
Phillips – 7 – The centre of the park was decent last night, along with Wood, no complaints.
Sacko – 6 – Very lucky to get a 6, but created the goal. Very poor but always an outlet.
Hernandez – 6 – Very good player but seemed tired last night, some lovely early passes into Roofe and Sacko.
Roofe – 6 – Fitted in well but went downhill as the team did. Ran at players and looked more comfortable on the ball.
Wood – 8 – Probably deserved more and would have if his goal had won the game, but maybe he could demand earlier crosses and supply as he’s capable of finishing the chances. His sub was the poorest decision.
Mowatt/Grimes/Antonsson – 4 – All very ineffective, but very effective for Wigan.