Lat­ics turn at­ten­tions to­wards trans­fers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man

WI­GAN boss Gary Cald­well is an­tic­i­pat­ing a busy trans­fer dead­line day de­spite watch­ing Michael Ja­cobs net the win­ner against bat­tling Crewe.

The Lat­ics man­ager saw his side main­tain an un­beaten start to the sea­son but is still look­ing to strengthen as he plots an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship.

Crewe man­ager Steve Davis is still search­ing for a first win of the sea­son, how­ever, but felt his side were good value for a point af­ter claim­ing ref­eree David Coote should have blown for a foul as Ja­cobs pounced.

Cald­well said: “The game was open but I was con­fi­dent our strike force would come out on top.We should have scored more than one goal and we did have op­por­tu­ni­ties to kill the game off.

“When you don’t do that you are al­ways un­der pres­sure but we dug in and saw it out.

“We are hav­ing a great start at home but we need to start win­ning away now and put a run of re­sults to­gether.

“I’m very hope­ful of mak­ing a sign­ing that will def­i­nitely im­prove us. I think we will be busy over the re­main­ing days of the trans­fer win­dow.”

Will Grigg saw an early chance saved by Crewe keeper Ben Gar­ratt when he met a Reece James cross. Ol­lie Tur­ton then fared like­wise when Richard O’Don­nell par­ried his 18-yard strike at the other end.

But Ja­cobs gave the Lat­ics the lead when he rose at the far post to plant a header into the net from Max Power’s 12th-minute cor­ner.

Crewe al­most lev­elled when Brad­den In­man’s ef­fort came back off the post soon af­ter.

How­ever, Ja­cobs nearly snatched a sec­ond when he ghosted past two play­ers be­fore be­ing de­nied by Gar­ratt.

O’Don­nell was alert too, tip­ping over Steven Kings­ley’s goal-bound strike eight min­utes be­fore the break. Gar­ratt then saved from Grigg at point blank range early in the sec­ond half.

Ryan Colclough’s way­ward shot on 82 min­utes epit­o­mised the lack of cre­ativ­ity on show as Wi­gan with­stood per­sis­tent pres­sure from the Rail­way­men to se­cure the points. A frus­trated Davis said: “I spoke to the ref­eree af­ter the game, I told him my play­ers were claim­ing there was a push on Ge­orge Ray for the goal. I trust my play­ers’ word on that, they don’t nor­mally say some­thing when it’s not hap­pened.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that’s been the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides. Hope­fully the ref­eree will look at it and learn from it.

“For large chunks of the game we’ve dom­i­nated against a team that’s fan­cied to go up.

“I’m re­ally pleased from that point of view but you don’t al­ways win games by play­ing well and that was the case.”

STAR MAN MICHA

EL JA­COB

S Wi­gan

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