Wigan Athletic stunned play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening as they ran out narrow 2-1 winners over the Owls.
Garry Monk’s side took the lead in this one as Jacob Murphy opened the scoring on 32 minutes, which saw the visitors head into the break with a one-goal advantage.
But Wigan responded in the second-half, and equalised just 11 minutes after the break, with Kieffer Moore levelling the scores for Paul Cook’s men.
The Latics dominated the statistics from then on, and were rewarded as Jamal Lowe fired home the winner in the last minute to spark jubilant scenes from the Wigan supporters.
The result moved them above Barnsley in the Championship table, and they’ll be hoping they can close the gap on Charlton Athletic in the bid to survive in the second tier this term.
In our latest FLW spotlight, we look into Lowe’s performance on the night in more detail.
Lowe hasn’t been at his best in front of goal this season, but he’ll be delighted to net the winner against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.
The former Portsmouth man played the full match for Paul Cook’s side, and he’ll be confident of retaining his place in the starting XI for their next game against league leaders Leeds United on Saturday.
The goal was Lowe’s second of the season so far, and he’ll be keen to find some consistency in front of goal to aid Wigan’s fight against relegation this term.
Surprisingly, Lowe only attempted one shot in the game, which proved to be the winner, so it shows that he took the only chance presented to him on the night against the Owls.
Wigan attempted a total of 17 shots in the game, so it’s interesting to see that Lowe only attempted one of those, despite playing further forward than the majority of his Latics team-mates in the game.
But he was evidently getting in the right positions to create opportunities for his team-mates, as he had a total of eight touches in the opposition’s penalty area, which will be pleasing to see for Paul Cook.
The 25-year-old was successful in 27 of the 36 passes he attempted against Sheffield Wednesday, which was another strength of his that was on display at the DW Stadium.
One area for improvement that Lowe will be looking at heading into the second-half of this year’s campaign is the number of offensive duels he won against the Owls.
He only won four out of the 13 offensive duels he faced on Tuesday, which show that there is certainly room for improvement.
But on the whole, Lowe and Paul Cook will be confident of replicating similar performances as the season progresses, as he’s starting to find his feet with the Latics after moving to Wigan in the summer of 2019 from League One side Portsmouth.
He could prove to be a key player for Cook to rely on as Wigan look to survive in the Championship this term.