Brilliant Michael Jacobs winner make it three in a row for Latics
- Wigan Athletic beat Northampton Town in Sky Bet League One.
- Latics up to 2nd in the table with 3rd consecutive victory.
- Michael Jacobs with brilliant 55th minute strike.
- Samy Morsy makes 250th career appearance.
- Gary Roberts makes first league start.
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance – 7,777
Latics made it three victories in a row thanks to a brilliant second half goal by Michael Jacobs, moving up to 2nd in Sky Bet League One after a dominant display against Northampton Town.
Jacobs’ goal against the club where he came through the ranks was a superb piece of improvisation and was right up there in terms of the great goals seen at the DW Stadium. It lit up a game that had been frustrating up until that point, the visitors managing to keep Latics at bay with an organised display that limited goal-scoring chances for Paul Cook’s men.
Latics had great chances to extend their lead as the game opened up but were also thankful to Jamie Jones for a breathtaking save to deny former Latics defender Leon Barnett an equaliser.
Latics made two changes going into the game, Gary Roberts replaced the injured Nick Powell to make his first league start and Chey Dunkley was back in place of Alex Bruce following suspension.
The teams were level at the break with Latics having done the majority of the pressing and creating all the best openings, but not finding a way past a well organised Cobblers’ rear-guard.
Latics had a great chance to score after seven minutes, Gavin Massey pouncing on a loose ball in the box but shooting wide with Matt Ingram at full stretch. Ash Taylor then had to be vigilant to scoop the ball away for a corner at the far post as Will Grigg was ready to put away Nathan Byrne’s deep cross.
Grigg had the ball in the back of the net with a sweetly struck finish after 21 minutes but it was ruled out by a very late flag. Massey was then unselfish when clean through after 31 minutes squaring the ball to Grigg rather than going for goal and Barnett lunged to clear the danger.
The only other talking point before half-time was Samy Morsy, on his 250th career appearance, being booked for a foul on Regan Poole, a 5th yellow card of the season which will see him miss Saturday’s trip to Peterborough.
Latics came out of the traps with purpose for the second half, a succession of dangerous crosses pinning back Northampton and Barnett had to be strong again to block a fierce effort from Roberts after 53 minutes.
Then came the goal and what a strike it was from Jacobs after 55 minutes. He picked up the ball 25 yards out on the left side and unleashed an absolutely brilliant right foot shot which nestled into the corner of the goal beyond Ingram’s outstretched arms.
Evans almost doubled the lead five minutes later with another rasping long-ranger, that deflected off Poole, had Ingram beaten again but flew just wide. Then Dan Burn almost got on the end of another slick move, after 68 minutes, just placing a Roberts pull back wide of the post with the goal gaping.
It almost proved to be a costly miss as Barnett forced a superb reflex save from Jamie Jones after 73 minutes following a corner which hadn’t been cleared.
Ivan Toney and Ryan Colclough replaced Grigg and Massey with a quarter of an hour left, then Max Power replaced debutant Roberts in the 83rd minute as Latics looked to see out the game.
Colclouigh wnert close in injury time before Morsy’s shot appeared to cross the line after striking a post but the referee waved play on before blowing the final whistle seconds later.
Latics: Jones, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James, Morsy, Evans, Massey (Colclough 75), Jacobs, Roberts (Power 84), Grigg (Toney 73).
Subs not used: Sarkic, Elder, Bruce, Perkins.
Northampton Town: Ingram, Moloney, Buchanan, Kasim (Long 61), Barnett, Taylor, Richards (Revell, 67), Powell, Poole, Hanley (Bowditch 74), Grimes.
Subs not used: Cornell, Pierre, Waters, Foley.