Wigan Athletic drew 2-2 at Bristol City yesterday thanks to two goals from defender Chey Dunkley.
The Latics headed into the game looking for their first away win of the season, while a win for The Robins would have taken them into second place.
Wigan started the game positively and missed a number of opportunities to take the lead. Andi Weimann opened the scoring for Bristol City on 38 minutes, finishing well after a mistake from Dunkley.
The defender atoned for his error and scored two goals from corners, to give the Latics a 1-2 lead. Then, winger Gavin Massey raced through on goal and only had to square to Sam Morsy for an open goal, however his shot was easily saved.
Massey was made to pay for his selfish error, as Pedro Perreira scored from a corner to rescue a late point for The Robins.
Although the Latics are still searching for that first away win, Paul Cook will be encouraged by his sides performances over the last.
Here, we look at a few things we learnt yesterday…
Wigan need more quality in open play
Cook’s side dominated large spells of yesterday’s game, but didn’t do enough to hurt the opposition.
Massey, Jamal Lowe and Kieffer Moore all had clear chances around the box, however lacked that conviction and quality to take advantage of them.
In a positive display, it can be improved by Wigan finding more quality in the final third. Perhaps Joe Gelhardt or Anthony Pilkington will be given a chance to showcase themselves against Swansea City.
Chey Dunkley is a real threat from set-pieces
The defender scored his fifth goal of the season yesterday – at this rate he’s on for double figures.
When Wigan are struggling to create chances from open play, it’s vital that defenders chip-in with goals and they take full advantage of set-pieces.
Dunkley scored two in Wigan’s 2-2 draw at Hull City last month, before netting the opener in their 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic a week later.
He’s in great form and getting through the striker’s work.
Wigan are improving every week
At the start of the season, Wigan were very poor away from home and could barely muster a chance, while conceding cheap goals at the other end.
The Latics defended brilliantly on Wednesday at Derby County for 90 minutes, until Graeme Shinnie’s screamer. Although they conceded two yesterday, Wigan controlled large parts of the game and nullified Bristol City’s main threats.
Going forward, Wigan need to find a winning formula and start taking chances. Moore is playing well but needs to start scoring goals, while Massey and Lowe need to add quality to their final ball as soon as possible.