HILL’S MEN PUSH BUT COME UP SHORT
FAIR play to Rochdale. After a bruising, bewildering 45 minutes in which they were outplayed and overrun, it would have been easy to fold.
But Keith Hill’s men stuck to their task, dredged up some confidence and should feel rightfully aggrieved to have shipped a second goal.
Nevertheless, this was a bitter reality check for the men from Spotland. Wigan, still fat on parachute money, were a faster, bigger, better side. Organisation, spirit and philosophy can overcome many things but not the class of players like Yanic Wildschut and Michael Jacobs. This was a brutal illustration of the class gulf in League One.
As Hill admitted, his side aren’t at war with clubs like Wigan. After another defeat, their battle looks increasingly like it will be fought amongst the mud and weeds of the division. But for a Wigan side now unbeaten in ten league games, anything but a return to the Championship will be a failure.