McNaughton and Kellett feature as Latics draw on the road.
- Latics held to 0-0 draw on the road at Shrewsbury.
- McNaughton, Kellett, Chow, Flores and Hendry all feature.
- Point moves Latics up to fourth in the Final Third Development League West.
SHREWSBURY TOWN 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Latics were held to a 0-0 draw at FTDL West leaders Shrewsbury Town this afternoon, following the close-fought stalemate at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
In a game of very few clear cut chances Latics arguably created the better opportunities, but were ultimately left frustrated. The point moved them into fourth place above next week's opponents Bradford City, but Latics remain five points behind leaders Shrewsbury with a game in hand.
Kevin McNaughton continued his recovery from long term injury, completing the full 90 minutes alongside Jack Hendry, whilst Andy Kellett and Tim Chow were involved for over an hour. Unfortunately for Latics, Jordan Flores was replaced after 20 minutes following a bang to his right shoulder.
Latics started the game by moving the ball quickly, creating the first real chance of the game through Louis Robles, with the forward heading Alex Lingard's cross just wide of the left post.
The hosts began to put pressure on Latics' players in possession, making for some solid challenges, one of which resulted in Flores aggravating his shoulder, a moment which would cost him as he was removed 10 minutes after the incident on the touchline.
Latics continued to move the ball well, just after the substitution they created another good opportunity, Robles firing right footed down the left side of the area to force a reaction save from Shaun Rowley, but unfortunately captain Matty Hamilton couldn't follow in the rebound.
Robles was involved again moments later when the quick-thinking Kellett clipped the ball over the top down the right for him to chase, but the striker's first time effort with his right foot flew across the keeper and wide of the left post.
Shrewsbury midfielder Matt Tootle was racking up the foul count, with two poorly timed challenges in the opening 45 minutes, forcing referee Ravel Cheosiava to have words with his captain Mickey Demetriou.
Kellett carved out the last chance of the first half when he linked up with Hamilton on the right edge of the area, but his left footed effort flew narrowly past the left post.
The hosts started the second half with a chance of their own when Matt Jones' cross was headed inches over the bar by George Hassall at the left post, with Latics' keeper Ciaran O'Loughlin seemingly beaten.
Latics opened up a further two chances before Shrewsbury's best spell in the game. First Chow whipped a wicked effort over the bar from the edge of the area after Adrian Purzycki's back heel on the by-line allowed McNaughton to set the midfielder up. Then Robles was played in once more by Kellett, but the striker fired wide from a difficult first time take on the turn down the right side.
Both sides made double substitutions with Kellett and Chow replaced by Arnie Baxendale and Callum Lang, whilst Shrewsbury brought on Ethan Jones and Chris Gallagher for Tom King and Jordan Wilson.
The switches shifted momentum in Shrewsbury's favour, first with Demetriou's right sided free kick zipping wide of the left post, and then Jacob Rammell found himself denied by a superb, last-ditch recovering challenge from McNaughton just inside the penalty area.
O'Loughlin was soon called into action to deny Ethan Jones one-v-one down the left side of the area, but from then on and for the final 20 minutes, Latics looked the only side likely to mount a charge for all three points.
Hamilton hit a low free kick into the wall, Barrigan had 20-yard effort deflected over and defender Luke Burke's header was denied from a corner, all before Tootle was finally marked in the book for his fifth offence, a second poor challenge on Baxendale.
Latics continued to push for the crucial goal, but even from the free kick Robles couldn't battle his way through bodies on the edge of the area, and when substitute Lang fired into the side netting it simply looked like one of those days.
Shrewsbury: Rowley (GK); Grogan, Demetriou (C), Rammell (McAtee 75), Bonner, Tootle, Kenton, King (Gallagher 60), Wilson (E.Jones 60), Hassall (Roberts 80), M.Jones
Unused Sub: Sears
Latics: O'Loughlin, McNaughton, Lingard (Taylor 85), Purzycki, Burke, Hendry, Flores (Barrigan 20), Chow (Baxendale 63), Hamilton, Robles, Kellett (Lang 63)
Unused Sub: Roberts