WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0First half goals from Will Grigg and Donervon Daniels and a second half finish from Craig Davies gave Wigan Athletic their first win of their season, in a dominant performance against Scunthorpe United.
Latics were in control throughout the contest in a comprehensive win and it could easily have been more, with Michael Jacobs hitting the bar in the first half and Grigg seeing a goal chalked off for a foul in the second interval.
Latics boss Gary Caldwell made two changes to the side which drew against Doncaster on Sunday, with Donervon Daniels and Craig Davies coming into the side in place of Leon Barnett and Max Power.
Caldwell’s men wasted no time in getting settled into the contest and flew out of the traps, winning a penalty in just the third minute, courtesy of Will Grigg – who was brought down in the area by David Mirfin.
Grigg made no mistake from the spot, popping the ball coolly into the top right hand corner for his second of the season from 12 yards.
Latics were brimming with confidence, and went close for a second just two minutes later, when Jacobs produced a low effort straight at Joe Anyon from a free kick, after being brought down on the edge of the area.
The fans were bouncing after their side’s excellent start, and there was suddenly an excellent atmosphere around the DW Stadium, which kept up the fast tempo of the contest.
A host of players impressed for the hosts, in particular Craig Davies, who caused all sorts of problems throughout the game with his strength and dangerous moves forward.
Wigan Athletic were dominating possession, and continued to pour forward in waves, with Reece James and Jonjoe Kenny catching the eye on either side in their wing-back roles.
Craig Davies was catching the eye upfront in a target-man orientated role, and he was unlucky not to double Latics’ lead in the 26th minute, when he produced an excellent curling effort from the left hand edge of the area, which only just went onto the top netting.
It didn’t take long for the hosts to find that second goal, doing so just sixty seconds later through Donervon Daniels, who pounced on some sloppy defending after Jacobs’ cross into the area to slam the ball home from close range for his first goal for the club.
Latics were thoroughly on top, and it was nearly three after 31 minutes, when Davies slipped free of his markers after being released by a long ball from deep, only for the charging Joe Anyon to bail out his side with a block just inside his area.
Caldwell’s men continued to press at Scunthorpe’s goal, and came close yet again to adding a third before the interval through Davies and then Jacobs, with the former forcing a good save from Anyon, before the latter rattled the ball against the bar after pouncing onto the rebound, meaning Latics went into the interval with a two goal lead.
The second half continued with a similar flow to the first, with Wigan Athletic dominating the play from the offset.
The hosts were in control on the possession stats and Davies continued to catch the eye up top for Latics, and just failed to release Jacobs into the area after taking down a long ball excellently on the hour mark.
Scunthorpe did try to push forward themselves, and had spells of possession, but the visitors struggled to break down Latics’ resolute defence throughout the contest.
The chances continued to flow, and midfielder David Perkins was almost an unlikely addition to the score-sheet in the 67th minute, when he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and produced a Messi-esque run into the box, before just slotting it wide of the far post.
Latics were oozing in confidence, and Craig Davies got the goal he deserved just three minutes later, when he latched on to Grigg’s excellent dinked through ball, before racing through and coolly finishing the ball past Anyon.
Grigg looked to have bagged a fourth and his second of the game, when he wrestled free in the area and rounded Anyon, only for the referee to pull back play for a foul on the defender.
Latics' fans were in a buoyant mood, and responded to a period of maintained possession from their side with a succession of ‘Ole’s!’ five minutes from time, which rounded off a comprehensive win for the hosts.