Cald­well: Ja­cobs is real cracker

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Steven Chicken

WI­GAN boss Gary Cald­well hailed Michael Ja­cobs’ con­tri­bu­tion as the Lat­ics ex­tended their un­beaten league run to eight games, while Brad­ford’s win­ning run was halted at three.

Ja­cobs was Wi­gan’s most po­tent player through the mid­dle in the first half, be­fore switch­ing to a wide role and scored the open­ing goal with a curl­ing ef­fort.

Brad­ford pulled level through James Han­son’s header ten min­utes later.

But Cald­well was pleased to take a point from an open game in which both sides showed plenty of threat and in­ten­sity.

He said: “When you come here you know you’re go­ing to be put un­der pres­sure. You’re go­ing to have to de­fend set pieces and I thought we de­fended 99 per cent of them well but got done by one late on.

“We stood up to a lot of what Brad­ford threw at us, so I think a draw was a fair re­sult in the end.

“Michael’s shown many times this year the abil­ity he’s got. He’s im­prov­ing all the time and is start­ing to add goals to his game.

“It was a great goal he got. He cre­ated a lot of prob­lems and de­served it.”

One of Ja­cobs’ runs posed Ben Wil­liams with his first prob­lem of the day, but he got down well to push Ja­cobs’ 20-yard ef­fort just wide.

That came mo­ments af­ter Brad­ford should have taken the lead through Rory McAr­dle, who rose well to meet Reece Burke’s ex­cel­lent cross but headed off tar­get.

That turned into some­thing of a first-half theme for Brad­ford, who were un­able to cap­i­talise on any of six cor­ners in the space of four first-half min­utes.

Wi­gan went 3-4-3 just be­fore the break to nul­lify Brad­ford’s cross­ing threat.

How­ever, Tony McMa­hon tried to find a way around that by hit­ting a dan­ger­ous half-vol­ley to­wards goal from out wide that Jussi Jaaske­lainen pushed away.

The vis­i­tors went ahead on 53 min­utes, ig­nor­ing Han­son – who took a knee to the thigh in an aerial duel with David Perkins – and storm­ing into the Ban­tams box, with Ja­cobs ap­ply­ing the fi­nal touch.

Han­son then got ret­ri­bu­tion with the equaliser as Brad­ford fi­nally con­verted one of McMa­hon’s cor­ners.

Phil Parkin­son was crit­i­cal of the referee’s de­ci­sion to let play con­tinue af­ter that knock to Han­son.

He said: “It was a def­i­nite foul. Han­son’s in the dress­ing room with a bag of ice on his thigh.

“We could have done bet­ter our­selves to pre­vent it af­ter that, but it was a poor ref­er­ee­ing mo­ment.”

But the Ban­tams boss was nev­er­the­less also sat­is­fied to have a share the spoils.

The former Charl­ton Ath­letic boss added: “It was an ex­cel­lent game, a tight game.

“They’re a good side with an ar­ray of tal­ent, but we matched them.

“I was pleased with the way we re­sponded af­ter the goal.

“I think the squad men­tal­ity and the spirit in the squad is where we want it now.

“Maybe four or five weeks ago we’d have let that goal af­fect us, but here we rolled our sleeves up and went again.”

Wi­gan are up to fifth in the ta­ble, while Brad­ford are down to 14th.

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

CHALKED OFF: Wi­gan’s Will Grigg scores only for the goal to be dis­al­lowed

BAT­TLE: Kyel Reid kicks the ball away from Don­er­von Daniels

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