On-loan Wild­schut stars as Wi­gan down Rochdale

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

Hill be­moaned his side’s “sui­ci­dal de­fend­ing”, but Wi­gan coun­ter­part Gary Cald­well pre­ferred to salute Pearce, who was making his first start since Septem­ber fol­low­ing in­jury.

“Ja­son’s had in­juries and not really got a run in the side,” said the Scot.“I brought him back in for his de­fen­sive qual­i­ties and I think it’s no co­in­ci­dence that this was our first clean sheet away from home.To cap it off with a goal was great for him.”

Cald­well also hailed the per­for­mance of Yanic Wild­schut, the on-loan Mid­dles­brough winger whose pace and power ter­rorised Rochdale all af­ter­noon. The Dutch winger was the ar­chi­tect of Wi­gan’s sec­ond, latch­ing onto a cross­field ball from Don­er­von Daniels, skin­ning Ash East­man and squar­ing for Ja­cobs to thun­der in off the bar.

“He’s en­joy­ing his foot­ball,” said Cald­well.“I think we use him in the right man­ner, he’s got a lot of tal­ent. He’s got the tools to play at the high­est level but he’s got a lot to learn and we’re try­ing to help him do that. Hope­fully there’s some­thing we can do to keep him be­yond Jan­uary.”

In ac­tual fact, Ja­cobs’ thun­der­bolt was marginally against the run of play, with Rochdale – driven on by the im­pres­sive Cal­lum Camps – hav­ing re­cov­ered man­fully from their first-half shel­lack­ing. They even man­aged to test Jussi Jaaske­lainen, top-scorer Peter Vin­centi un­leash­ing a low drive that the vet­eran shov­elled round the far post.

By then, though, the game was ef­fec­tively up and Wi­gan might have added to their lead when Perkins’ pow­er­ful 25-yard drive was pushed to safety by Josh Lillis.

“I’m de­lighted,” said Cald­well, whose side stay fifth. “We knew it was a big game and, first-half es­pe­cially, I thought we were great – we could have had three or four.”

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