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Three goals in nine minutes seal a dramatic Wigan win
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.”
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