HAPPY HOME AT LAST FOR LAT­ICS

Joy at the DW for boss Cald­well

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

GARY Cald­well hailed Wi­gan’s at­ti­tude af­ter his maiden home match as manager saw his side se­cure their first win at the DW Sta­dium since Au­gust.

For­mer Charl­ton mid­fielder Dale Stephens can­celled out 21-year-old Tim Chow’s goal on his full home de­but, but Lat­ics skip­per James Perch scored a priceless win­ner as they held onto their Cham­pi­onship sta­tus for an­other week at least.

And new Lat­ics boss Cald­well re­served spe­cial praise for Chow who came through the Wi­gan academy and set them on their way to a first Cham­pi­onship win in seven games.

“I thought their at­ti­tude was first class,” said the for­mer Scot­land de­fender, who took over from Malky Mackay ear­lier this month.

“Their de­sire and com­mit­ment to go and win the game was great to see and gives me great hope for the fu­ture.

“The sec­ond goal was just de­sire and ea­ger­ness to get a goal.

“All we can do is win our games. I said that from day one and that’s all we can do.

“This was a big win be­cause it was the first game at home. We hadn’t won for so long, so to get this one was im­por­tant for con­fi­dence go­ing into next week against Wolves.

“When Chow’s op­por­tu­nity came, he didn’t dis­ap­point any­one. I thought he showed great en­ergy, which we knew he would give, he tack­led, he worked for the team.”

Al­bion could have taken a ninth-minute lead af­ter Stephens broke to meet Danny Holla’s cor­ner but the mid­fielder fired just over.

Gae­tan Bong’s low 23rd-minute left-wing cross evaded James McClean but found Jer­maine Pen­nant who swiveled to trickle an ef­fort wide.

Young­ster Chow put Wi­gan ahead af­ter ris­ing high­est to pro­duce a clin­i­cal header from Pen­nant’s 26th-minute cross.

Brighton nearly drew level from the restart af­ter Beram Kayal’s shot was ex­pertly pushed onto the post by a div­ing Scott Car­son.

Just be­fore the break, Pen­nant robbed Greg Hal­ford in pos­ses­sion and the ball broke for McClean who was de­nied by an on­rush­ing David Stock­dale. The Seag­ulls drew level when Holla’s 55th-minute cor­ner was met by an un­marked Stephens, who side­footed home with the goal gap­ing.

Kazenga Lua Lua burst into life with a 57th-minute run to fire at goal and force Car­son to de­flect the ef­fort wide, be­fore go­ing oneon-one from Kayal’s 66th-minute flick-on but shot just off tar­get.

The home side re­sponded through Bong, whose low 77th-minute cross found Kim Bokyung who could only fire into the side netting.

And Wi­gan’s 82nd-minute win­ner came when Marc-An­toine For­tune out­mus­cled Hal­ford to cross and the loose ball even­tu­ally fum­bled through Stock­dale’s gloves for Perch to ham­mer home from close range.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “We’ve only got our­selves to blame be­cause at 1-1 you can tell from the play­ers, the feel from the play­ers is that they’re buoyed by the fact that we’re back in it.

“We were very much in the as­cen­dancy and looked like we could go and win the game.

“But when the game trans­fers and they have their mo­ments, you’ve got to de­fend well.

“Whether it’s a team that’s at the bot­tom of the league or whether it’s a team that is at the top, you have to de­fend well and we haven’t de­fended well enough on that sec­ond goal.

“The two games we have left don’t come much harder than Wat­ford and Mid­dles­brough, but that’s what it is and that’s the chal­lenge.”

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