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Three goals in nine min­utes seal a dra­matic Wi­gan win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

bot­tom cor­ner of his own net. At that point, Wi­gan looked a beaten team.

But, inspired by the in­tro­duc­tion of the pur­pose­ful Chris McCann and Andy Kel­lett (and a bit of ex­tra ag­gres­sion from the slum­ber­ing Davies), Wi­gan inched their way back.

First came that mo­ment of re­demp­tion, Bar­nett latch­ing onto a loose header be­fore lanc­ing home a volley that any striker would have savoured.

“I’ve scored own goals my­self and it’s an aw­ful feel­ing,” said Cald­well. “What mat­ters is how you re­act and to score a volley like that – well, you can’t ask for any more. I re­mem­ber he scored one like that against Don­caster a few years ago so it was no fluke. It gave us real hope.”

Hi­wula then hit the bar and, with nerves a-jit­ter, Sam Hird suf­fered a rush of blood, felling Davies in the box. Saun­ders ar­gued his full-back got the ball but, with the Wi­gan striker go­ing nowhere, it was a silly chal­lenge to make. Davies duly climbed off the turf to level from the spot.

And, right at the death, a pas­sage of penalty box pin­ball saw the ball fall to Hi­wula.The 20-year-old Hud­der­s­field loa­nee couldn’t miss, prod­ding home be­fore reel­ing away in de­light.

“Char­ac­ter and de­sire is some­thing you need in any suc­cess­ful team,” added Cald­well, who saw his side pick up their first away win of the sea­son fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship in May.

“And the way they played in that last 15 or 20 min­utes was phe­nom­e­nal.

“We know we need to get bet­ter in a lot of ar­eas but I’ve said from day one that the ap­pli­ca­tion of this group can take them a long way. They were ex­cel­lent and, in the end, de­served to win.”

SPOT ON: Craig Davies scores Wi­gan’s equaliser from 12 yards

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