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3 things we learnt about Wigan Athletic after their 1-0 defeat to Derby County

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Wigan Athletic lost their third away game in a row, after losing 1-0 at Derby County last night.

The Latics made two changes to their starting XI that beat Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Dujon Sterling made his first league appearance at right back, replacing the suspended Nathan Byrne.

While captain Sam Morsy replaced Michael Jacobs, to partner Joe Williams and Lewis Macleod in midfield.

Wigan dominated the match, and will of felt aggrieved to not leave Pride Park with all three points, never mind one. Jamal Lowe, Gavin Massey and Kieffer Moore all missed glaring chances, before Graeme Shinnie scored a brilliant goal in the closing minutes to secure all three points for Derby.

Paul Cook’s side travel to Ashton Gate on Sunday, hoping to find their first away win of the season.

Lets have a look at a few things we learnt about the Latics in their defeat to Phillip Cocu’s side.

Wigan are showing signs of improvement

Although Wigan left with nothing, it was their best away performance of the season by a long way. The Latics created a number of opportunities, dominated the ball and reduced Derby to shots from distance.

On another day they would’ve won the game comfortably but they need to take the chances that come their way, or they will be punished at this level.

They need to carry that performance into Bristol City on Sunday, and hope they are more clinical in front of goal. On the whole, the Latics defended well and that’s something they’ll have to do again against a strong Bristol City attack.

Joe Williams has been a smart signing 

Since getting sent off on debut against Leeds United, the former Everton man has been outstanding.

The midfielder produced a man of the match display on Sunday, and followed that up with another superb display last night.

Williams is forming solid partnerships with both Morsy and Macleod in midfield.. Last night, Williams played in the attacking role in a 4-3-3 formation, which worked successfully with Morsy pressing high up the pitch.

Their finishing must improve

Wigan really should of won last night, but if you don’t take your chances, they usually cost you at this level.

Particularly in the second half, the Latics had five good chances to score. The worrying thing is that they fell to players you would expect to score in Kieffer Moore and Jamal Lowe.

Perhaps it’s time for Cook to give Josh Windass and Anthony Pilkington a chance to show what they’ve got. Windass scored two goals on the opening day against Cardiff City in a 3-2 win, and without him Wigan look less potent in front of goal.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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