Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday Player Ratings: centre-backs impress

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In a cagey affair in West Lancashire, good defending from Sheffield Wednesday and a first half strike from Ross Wallace earned them a 1-0 win over Wigan. But how did players on both teams rate?

Wigan Athletic

Jakob Haugaard – had nothing to do either side of Wallace’s goal just before half-time, which he might have done better with. 4

Callum Connolly – some good forward runs in the first half and had an equalizer controversially ruled offside. A tad lightweight. 6
Dan Burn – one great piece of defensive work to halt Sasso’s run. Commanding throughout. 9
Jake Buxton – conceded two cheap corners that gave Wednesday some encouragement just before their goal. Otherwise a sturdy display. 7
Stephen Warnock – lacked the pace at 35 to provide an attacking threat with limited passing ability. Not tested so much defensively but put in a shift. 5

David Perkins – tried to work harder than his body let him at times. Technically limited and struggled to shut out Reach and Pudil in the latter stages of the first half. 3
Max Power – quiet first half. Grew more involved in the second half, without producing too much. 4
Shaun MacDonald – battled hard and did some good covering work, but gave the ball away too cheaply. 5
Sam Morsy – his composure and ball retention in the opposing half was key to Wigan’s controlled first 35 minutes. Pressed further up the pitch than Grigg on occasion and forced a save from Haugaard early in the second half. 7
Michael Jacobs – worked hard and forced Hunt both into poor distribution and backwards on the pitch. Put in some good crosses, including one for Weir’s header. 6

Will Grigg – innocent work rate but given little support and lacked the pace or power to compensate. 4

Omar Bogle (on 67) – looked to stretch Wednesday’s defence more than Grigg. If Wigan play more incisive balls in behind for Bogle than they did tonight, he could make a big contribution. 7
James Weir (on 67) – added raw energy and pressed high up the pitch. Headed over from Jacob’s cross. 7

Sheffield Wednesday

Keiren Westwood – untested, bar a save from Morsy early in the second half which saw him require treatment. Often hoofed the ball, not a tactic that played to the strengths of Rhodes and Forestieri. 6

Jack Hunt – did not get up the pitch and gave the ball away under minor pressure. 3
Vincent Sasso – did more attacking than Hunt. Instigated Wednesday’s first threatening moment with a marauding run into the box and often stepped into the opposing half. On the one or two occasions when he gave the ball away, he held his position well and alleviated the danger. 8
Glenn Loovens – there was one moment when he could have done more to halt Morsy’s run and close-range shot. Otherwise imperious throughout. 8
Daniel Pudil – put in one or two decent crosses in the latter stages of the first half. Could defend with more diligence but any weaknesses were rarely exposed. 5

Ross Wallace – played Sasso into the box and latched onto Rhodes’ flick-on for the goal. Baring that 15 minute period before half-time, he was on the periphery of play. 4
Barry Bannan – quiet first half hour then slowly grew into the game, orchestrating play on the left. A decent second half but didn’t deserve man-of-the-match over four strong centre-backs. 6
David Jones – poor passing and some rash challenges, for which he was lucky not to be punished by the referee. Hutchinson should regain his place on this evidence. 4
Adam Reach – Wednesday’s liveliest attacking player in the first half and his play down the left was key to their best spell. Reach’s end product was mixed, firing well over after McManaman’s second half lay-off. 5

Jordan Rhodes – for much of the first half, he was bullied by Buxton and failed to control long balls. Although, he flicked on Sasso’s diagonal pass for Wallace’s goal. 4
Fernando Forestieri – anonymous throughout. Westwood’s biggest test came when Fessie gave the ball away to Morsy in a dangerous area. A poor game in an underwhelming season. 2

Callum McManaman (on 56) – one decent run before laying the ball off for Reach’s shot. Other positives… he was man-of-the-match in an FA Cup final, don’t you know. 5
Almen Abdi (on 81)
Jose Semedo (on 90+1)