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4 long balls: The Stoke City player who looks like a transfer mistake after Wigan clash

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Stoke City were blown away at home against newly promoted Wigan Athletic, who won the game 3-0.

With Stoke fans turning up and expecting to see their first win of the season, Wigan ruined the party with a victory against the odds.

Will Grigg netted twice – once from the spot – while Gavin Massey also scored to give Wigan a 3-0 win.

And Stoke’s night was made even worse when Ashley Williams capped a poor performance with a red card.

Here, FLW shines a spotlight on Williams’ display in numbers and analyses how he has done since dropping down a division to join Stoke on loan from Everton.

Williams could have done better for Grigg’s opener as he failed to close down Massey, whose cross was turned in by Grigg in the box.

The Wales international also missed his tackle on Massey five minutes later, allowing the winger to stroll through on goal and slot past Jack Butland to make it 2-0.

After Stoke went 3-0 down, Williams lost his head. His first yellow card was brainless as he lunged headfirst towards Nick Powell in retaliation to being nudged off the pitch.

The next card was just as stupid. After giving the ball away on the edge of the box, he dived in with a needless slide tackle and was shown a second yellow card.

When your team is in poor form, you need your senior players to step up and lead from the front.

The 34-year-old has captained Swansea City and Wales before but he lost his cool and showed no leadership.

With just one interception, two clearances and 47 passes – four of which were long balls – in his 78 minutes on the pitch, Williams had a poor game by all accounts.

It is clear that he is not the defender he once was and this could be a disastrous signing unless he turns things around quickly.


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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