Wigan Athletic dropped more points as their Championship slump continues, after losing a one-goal lead to draw with high-flying West Brom.
The Latics came into this game looking to end a run of eight games without a win but faced a side that were looking for their seventh successive victory in Slaven Bilic’s West Brom side.
Paul Cook’s men played very well for the vast majority of the game and were good value for their second-half lead, as Sam Morsy’s strike cannoned off the post, into Sam Johnstone and into the goal.
The hosts threw away a lead, however, when goalkeeper Jamie Jones picked up a back-pass having not seen it played back to him, due to turning his back to take a drink of water in his goal. Charlie Austin scored from the indirect free-kick and the honours ended even at the DW Stadium.
The result leaves Wigan three points adrift in the relegation zone and hoping for a turnaround in the second half of the season to avoid relegation back to League One. A figure has emerged showing that Wigan have dropped a considerable amount of points from winning positions this season, not just in last night’s game.
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This number is sure to alarm Paul Cook going forward knowing that his side need to do much more to maintain focus throughout the full 90 minutes. They have taken the lead in the last five games and not won any of them.
This figure needs addressing if Wigan are to stave off relegation because you cannot go through a Championship season throwing away leads on a regular basis like they are and get away with it.
Not many will have given the Latics a chance last night as they faced West Brom, but having led and dominated portions of the match from a chances perspective, they will feel disappointed that they came out of it with just a draw.