REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0Wigan Athletic picked up their first point away from home this season, with an entertaining 0-0 draw with Huddersfield town at the John Smith’s stadium.
Uwe Rosler’s side might have felt that they could have won the game, particularly in the first half, with Andy Delort going close with a long range strike, but the game was on a knife edge for long periods of the game and despite Wigan Athletic dominating the possession, both sides will have felt they could have stolen all three points.
Latics came into the game unchanged from the side that slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn on Saturday, with new signings Andy Delort and William Kvist making their second consecutive starts for the club since their transfers to Wigan Athletic on deadline day.
The only change on the bench was the addition of James McClean, who returned to the first team squad after an injury to replace the injured Martyn Waghorn.
It was a lively start in front of an electric atmosphere, with both sides looking to make an immediate impact, but it was the hosts who struck first in the eleventh minute, when Danny Ward forced an instinctive save from Scott Carson with a low effort from the edge of the area.
Latics began to grow into the game however, with Emyr Huws, Andy Delort and Callum McManaman all making encouraging breaks towards the hosts’ goal, but Wigan were just lacking in the final third and struggled to carve out a definitive chance in the opening twenty minutes of the game.
Wigan Athletic improved however, and the visitors were unlucky not to be in front on the half hour mark, when an Andy Delort effort from 22 yards was flying into the top right hand corner, only for Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies to produce a great fingertip save to keep the scores level.
It proved to be a good sixty second spell for Latics, as James Perch saw his header saved well by Smithies on the line from the resulting corner.
The game suddenly burst into life, and Huddersfield had an opportunity of their own on the break, with Nakhi Wells forcing a good save from Scott Carson, having gone one-on-one with the Latics stopper on the left hand side of the area.
There were appeals for a Wigan penalty towards the end of the half when Callum McManaman was brought down in the area after twisting and turning, but the striker was booked for diving by referee Sebastian Stockbridge.
Wigan continued to press towards the end of the half, with Delort firing over from range, but the sides went into the interval goalless.
Latics flew out of the blocks in the second interval, with Emyr Huws firing straight at Smithies from 20 yards after good work from McManaman in the opening seconds of the half.
Huws had another chance to score three minutes later, when James Perch’s low cross was scrambled away into his path, only for the Welsh starlet to force another good save from the Huddersfield goalkeeper.
The second half began to follow a similar pattern to the first however, with Latics seeing plenty of possession, but Uwe Rosler’s men were unable to turn their dominance into goals.
This allowed Huddersfield to remain right in contention, and substitute Sean Scannell caused problems down the right wing with his pace.
Wigan Athletic continued to press forward, with substitutes James McClean and James Tavernier, working hard to try and carve out an opener.
The game continued to be on a knife edge however, and Huddersfield could have stolen the points ten minutes from time, when Jon Stead forced a great save from Scott Carson with a bullet header from Scannell’s cross.
Wigan Athletic carved out their best chance of the half fell soon after, when substitute Oriol Riera reacted well to volley a James Tavernier cross, but the Spanish striker couldn’t get his effort on target, leaving Latics to claim their first point away from home this season.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Hudson, Butterfield, Coady, Ward (Scannell 46), Stead, Robinson, Wells, Smith, Lynch, Peltier
Subs: Murphy, Wallace, Dixon, Majewski, Bunn, Lolley
Latics: Carson, Boyce, Ramis, Kiernan, Taylor (Tavernier 72), Cowie, Perch, Kvist, Huws, McManaman (McClean 61), Delort (Riera 76)
Subs: Al Habsi, Barnett, Maloney, Forshaw