LAT­ICS SAVED BY JA­COBS’ CRACKER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

WI­GAN Ath­letic’s im­pres­sive away run con­tin­ued with a draw at mid-ta­ble Scun­thorpe and man­ager Gary Cald­well says his side have Michael Ja­cobs to thanks.

The Lat­ics have still not lost on the road in the league since Septem­ber af­ter the winger struck his sev­enth goal of the cam­paign.

That brought them level on the back of Luke Wil­liams’ close-range opener to leave Wi­gan four points in­side the play-offs.

“It was a great goal and a great per­for­mance from Michael. Wher­ever he popped up on the park he caused Scun­thorpe prob­lems,” said Cald­well.

“He had a real change of pace and put them un­der pres­sure.

“It was a good game be­tween two teams who both wanted to win a hotly-con­tested match.

“Though we lost a goal at a bad time, we got our goal back and from then on I thought we con­trolled the game, al­though in sec­ond half it wouldn’t just quite drop in the box for us.

“I’m very pleased with how we’re play­ing. For any team to go three games away from home and pick up seven points shows you how well they are play­ing.”

This was Scun­thorpe’s best per­for­mance in front of their own fans – where they are with­out a win since Oc­to­ber – for some time.

They opened the scor­ing on 20 min­utes af­ter Dutch striker Kevin van Veen did well to stride in­field and across the perime­ter of the penalty area. His pass to full-back Scott Laird on the over­lap was promptly whipped into the box at pace and Wil­liams volleyed in.

If the Iron’s goal had come about from fine team play, Wi­gan’s equaliser was born from the in­di­vid­ual bril­liance of Ja­cobs.

He drifted in­side to bring un­der con­trol a sweep­ing pass through the mid­dle of the park and then clin­i­cally fired into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Af­ter the break Scun­thorpe seemed to spend more time in the fi­nal third, but the Lat­ics had more of a grip on the game and forged the bet­ter chances.

On-loan winger Yanic Wild­schut was their big­gest threat, with his in­cred­i­ble turn of pace caus­ing the home side nu­mer­ous prob­lems.

But it was a story of what might have been, with Wild­schut fir­ing across the face of goal and de­fender Ja­son Pearce, a tower of strength at the back, un­able to get any pur­chase on a shot fol­low­ing Ja­cobs’ clever run up the by­line.

“We were the wor­thy team to go in front and we dealt with their threat really, really well,” said Scun­thorpe man­ager Mark Robins.

“Our use of the ball was de­cent. It was a de­cent point, but I’m a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed be­cause we could have nicked some­thing at the end.

“A draw was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult, but we’d have liked to have got all three points.

“We missed a couple of the op­por­tu­ni­ties we cre­ated in the sec­ond half and failed to make the most of some dan­ger­ous de­liv­ery into the box.

“For the first game of 2016, we’ll take that. We can build on quite a lot.”

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ALL SQUARE: Michael Ja­cobs cel­e­brates scor­ing the equaliser for Wi­gan STAR MAN STEPHEN DAW­SON

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