Date: 2nd October 2018 at 10:05pm
Written by:
Wigan Athletic
0 – 0
Swansea City

DW Stadium

Championship

2/10/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 8964

Referee: John Brooks

Wigan Athletic Swansea City
Walton Nordfeldt
James Naughton
Dunkley van der Hoorn
Kipre Rodon
Robinson Grimes
Gibson 77 Fulton 73
Evans Carroll 52
Windass Celina
Powell 83 Roberts
Jacobs McBurnie
Garner 54 McKay 65

Substitutes

Grigg
 
54 Olsson 52
Bruce Fer 65
McManaman 83 Routledge 73
Roberts Carter-Vickers
Naismith James
Jones Mulder
Connolly Baker-Richardson

Game Statistics

10 Goal attempts 17
1 On Target 5
4 Corners 9
14 Fouls 8
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
40 % 60

Swansea City produced a superb performance in the first half at Wigan Athletic but for all of the excellent one-touch pass and move dominating football, their quality – or lack of it in the final third meant that they had to be happy with just a point and a clean sheet.

The stats paint a pretty picture for the Swans but the one that really counts at the end of the day was unchanged. Of their 17 shots – five of which on target – none of them were converted but they created at least one if not two chances that were definitely clear cut and should have been converted.

With 60% possession in both halves, 9 corners, 602 passes and 83% passing accuracy, the Swans looked full of confidence and were more than happy to spread their two central defenders deep and wide to continuously pass the ball out from the back.

Potter’s side were criticised early on in the season for looking weak and easy to bully. The likes of Birmingham and Bristol City were able to get the better of us physically but our players have quickly improved in that area, showing no signs of physical weakness. We were never easily tackled tonight or against QPR on Saturday and we also showed good determination to quickly win back the ball when it was lost in high areas.

Wigan’s only shot on target came when Matt Grimes played a bad back pass into space but Nordfeldt was able to stick out a toe to see the ball go out for a corner. It was a let-off as the home side grew back into the game after doing a lot of chasing in the first 45 minutes.

The home side looked for quick counter-attacking opportunities in the first half but were probably stronger in the second with their use of crosses with their best chances falling to substitute Will Grigg.

Swansea City came back into it in the latter stages of the game and our best chance saw the ball come across the 6-yard area from the right side and somehow the ball fell just inches wide of the post.

A promising performance from the Swans, another clean sheet but we just need to be more clinical in front of goal and take our chances.

 

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