Wigan Athletic made it ten away league games without a win on Tuesday night, as they drew 2-2 with Millwall at The Den.
It had initially been an encouraging start for Wigan, with Anthony Pilkington firing in a first time finish inside the opening five minutes, before Shaun Hutchinson headed in from a corner to equalise for Millwall before half time.
Paul Cook’s side would once again take the lead after the break with Antonee Robinson firing in his first senior goal, only for Millwall to level once more, this time thanks to substitute Matt Smith, with neither side then able to go on and find a winner.
That result means that Wigan are now 21st in the Championship standings, two points outside the relegation, meaning their is plenty for their fans to think about in the aftermath of the trip to Millwall.
Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Wigan from that draw at The Den.
They need to start taking their chances
While they may have found the net twice on Tuesday night, it is hard not to escape the fact that Wigan could have had even more goals at The Den.
Minutes after opening the scoring, Pilkington flashed an effort wide from inside the area after some good hold up play from Kieffer Moore, before the Welshman himself headed straight at Millwall ‘keeper Bartosz Bialkowski from close range from a corner.
Had the Latics been able to take those opportunities, they could well have been out of sight in this game, which would have gone some way to ending the talk about their struggles on the road, and, more importantly, helped lift them further away from the bottom three.
Charlie Mulgrew is enjoying a resurgence at The DW
Despite the troubles his side as a whole are facing in the Championship table, from an individual perspective at least, Charlie Mulgrew will surely be enjoying his time with Paul Cook’s side.
Having dropped down the pecking order at parent club Blackburn Rovers prior to his loan move to Wigan at the end of the summer transfer window, Mulgrew now look to have firmly established his place in the centre of the Latics defence.
The trip to Millwall was Mulgrew’s second start in as many games since returning to fitness following injury, highlighting the importance with which he is viewed at the club, and with another solid performance at The Den where he once again looked largely comfortable both in and out of possession, it is hard to see that changing anytime soon.
Recent results are weighing on Paul Cook’s mind
What was noticeable during the second half, was Wigan manager Paul Cook’s apparent willingness to take a draw from this game.
With the score at 2-2 and more than 20 minutes remaining, Cook elected to withdraw attacker and goalscorer Pilkington, with a third centre back, Cedric Kipre, coming on in his place.
The readiness of Cook to settle for a single point understandably did not go down well with the club’s fans given their recent away struggles, although it seems as though recent results were on mind on the Wigan boss here, with Cook having been left lamenting his inability bring a third centre back onto the pitch before the late winner his side conceded at Stoke on Saturday – when Kipre had been suspended.
Bringing Kipre on here at least meant Cook had covered himself in that respect, although you have to wonder whether that can be a long term solution for Wigan, given these draws will have to become wins very soon indeed.