Praise for Omar Bogle and Dan Burn, but frustration at build-up to Norwich’s leveller.
- Warren Joyce reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 2-2 draw with Norwich City.
- Boss praises striker Omar Bogle after double on his first Latics start.
- Joyce equal in his delight at performances of defenders Jake Buxton and Dan Burn.
Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce admitted his frustration at both the build-up to Norwich City’s leveller and the way it came about as Mitchell Dijks dealt a cruel blow to Latics with his second-half header to leave the score at 2-2 at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Omar Bogle scored twice in the second-half to give Latics a 2-1 lead after Nelson Oliveira had given the Canaries a 1-0 advantage at the break, and it was the Portuguese striker who frustrated Latics all night, in particularly in the build-up to Norwich’s leveller as he was in an offside position and, according to Joyce, interfering with play.
“I thought it was strange that there wasn’t an offside given in the build up to Norwich’s second goal,” Joyce said of the moment miscommunication as a result of Oliveira’s position handed the visitors the corner from which they levelled.
“On the back of that, there’s a lack of concentration on our part and an easy ball into the middle of the goal is headed home and it’s disappointing not to end up with the three points on the back of a goal like that.”
The big positive from the evening was the performance of striker Bogle, who scored twice on his first start for the club.
Bogle replaced Will Grigg in the starting XI and Joyce was also keen to praise the Northern Ireland frontman.
“I thought Omar did great, he worked his socks off all night,” Joyce added. “Even in the first-half he had a good opportunity that, if it was on his left foot, he would have finished.
“He was a threat all night and I think if you look at Omar’s goals, he scores a variety of them; free-kicks, tap-ins and headers so his worldie second is not something we’ve not seen before from him.
“I think you’ve got to praise Will Grigg as well because of the amount of work he has put in over the last seven weeks and again he contributed when he came on tonight.”
Latics went more direct in the second-half a way back into the game on the back of Grigg’s introduction.
Although Joyce stressed the striker was deployed as a number ten and not as a partner to Bogle.
“Norwich were direct with us so we matched up and went for individual battles all over the pitch to try and stop them playing early balls and I think, on top of that, the surface doesn’t particularly suit us at the moment in terms of passing the ball so it may be a route we’ll have to take more often in the home games,” Joyce explained.
“I think we’ll look at everything tactically depending on the game and the opponent; we had two players up front at Rotherham and were 3-0 down at half-time, it’s horses for courses.
“We have played some really good football over several weeks here and not scored the goals but it’s nothing to do with where people start because Will Grigg in the second-half played like a number ten anyway, which is only what we have done with other attacking players in previous games anyway.”
Joyce also wanted to hand praise at the other end of the field to defenders Dan Burn and Jake Buxton, with the latter almost grabbing a late winner for Latics.
“I thought the two centre-halves were magnificent and it would have been great for Jake to get a goal at the end,” he said.
“They put their bodies on the line for the football club and I thought both Jake and Dan Burn stood up to the test against two high calibre centre-forwards.
“I gave Dan a bit of criticism after my first game here but the work the lad has put in has put in has been absolutely phenomenal.
“If you look at Dan now with his physique and his pace and the fact he’s left-sided, you’ve got to be thinking that he can have a big career and a big future in football.”
A big month continues for Latics when they head to Fulham on Saturday afternoon and Joyce is looking for the fitness work from early in his spell charge to pay off.
“We tried to put it into the players early on and one or two thought the training was a bit hard, but it hopefully pays off,” he continued.
“It certainly paid off tonight because we were driving the game and you hope we recover quick and go again because the players have had loads of work put into their bodies earlier on.”