When Bristol City visited Wigan Athletic on Saturday, the Robins needed the three points to try and keep their playoff hopes alive.
One crucial turning point in the game was the introduction of Jamie Paterson, who had recently returned to Bristol City following an unsuccessful loan spell at Derby County during the first half of the campaign.
The 28-year-old attacker was introduced as a half-time substitute against the Latics with Marley Watkins making way, and the forward did not disappoint as he played a crucial role during the second half.
Here, we take a look at the stats behind Paterson’s game-changing impact away at Wigan from the weekend…
Being utilised on the left wing during the second half, the 28-year-old had an important impact on proceedings when he managed to get in behind the Wigan defence to run on to a through ball by Famara Diedhiou, and he calmly slotted into the back of the net for 1-0.
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The midfielder also had an impact on the second goal for the Robins, when he collected the ball on the counter attack and his deft chip over the top was volleyed in first-time by Diedhiou from just inside the box.
On his first game back from his loan at Derby, it wasn’t just the goal contributions where Paterson had a vital impact. With City’s backs against the wall for most of the second half as Wigan peppered their box with crosses, long balls and shots, the visitors stood firm with Paterson playing an important part.
The midfielder chipped in with his defensive duties as he won five defensive duels during his time on the pitch, making sure that Wigan would not be able to find a way through against a stubborn and resolute Robins defence late on into the game.
The visitors also struggled to keep the ball whenever they had it during the afternoon, but when he received the ball, Paterson made sure that City could keep it with simple passes and the returnee didn’t try anything too extravagent as his impact both offensively and defensively helped the Robins to a scrappy win away from home.