PLAYER RATINGS VS WIGAN ATHLETIC



Lee Burge (6/10): Looked sharp throughout and quick off his line, can’t be blamed for their goal. Burge was barely tested at all though apart from that.

Conor McLaughlin (5/10): Did not look comfortable as a fullback. Didn’t really offer anything in attack and gave the ball away numerous times in simple situations.

Bailey Wright (5/10): Possibly could have dealt with Joseph better for their goal and had a few sloppy moments through the match. Did win his fair share of aerial battles, but that didn’t make up for him not looking switched on at times.

Tom Flanagan (7/10): One of the few players who showed a lot of composure in his passing, Flanagan played with intent and looked confident in a two-man defensive partnership.

Denver Hume (6/10): Looked bright on the overlap, getting into some good positions and providing plenty of crosses before coming off early with an injury.


Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Didn’t play with a lot of urgency but kept possession well in his simple passing and ball retention.

Josh Scowen (6/10): Offered plenty of energy as always and carried the ball forward well, but couldn’t manage to create any big chances. Definitely shouldn’t be taking corners as he barely beat the first man all afternoon.

Max Power (4/10): Largely anonymous in a three man midfield. In this system, Power looked like a spare part and never knew what to do with himself.


Chris Maguire (6/10): Showed a lot of intent and saw lots of the ball but lacked the quality that we know he can have. Perhaps Maguire is a player who just doesn’t work in a stadium with no atmosphere, as he usually thrives from the fans’ encouragement.

Aiden McGeady (7/10): Even at 34 years old and with a year on the sidelines, McGeady is clearly our best player. His quality shone through time and time again as he constantly beat his man out wide. The winger produced some good crosses, and forced a great save from the goalkeeper from distance.

Will Grigg (5/10): Cut a lonely figure up front as nothing clicked with his teammates. Grigg couldn’t compete with the physicality of Tilt and the rest of Wigan’s defence.


Subs:

Callum McFadzean (7/10): Got forward really well and put in lots of decent crosses. McFadzean clearly has talent and will take the next few weeks to impress Johnson with Hume injured.

Danny Graham (6/10): Worked hard and showed some good hold up play, but never looked like scoring.

Elliot Embleton (6/10): Still looks rough around the edges but did supply a couple of dangerous crosses into the box.

Jack Diamond (5/10): Showed good feet at times but fairly ineffective, barely seeing the ball as we chased an equaliser.