Last-gasp Latics call on captain Morgan
WIGAN displayed their never-say-die spirit on Thursday but manager Gary Caldwell was quick to spread the credit to his arsenal of coaches.
Gillingham had opened up a two-goal lead at the DW Stadium after forward duo Dominic Samuel and Rory Donnelly each found the back of the net.
However, a serious momentum shift saw the Latics snatch goals from Will Grigg and Max Power in quick succession, before captain Craig Morgan broke Gills hearts with an injury-time winner.
“It was fantastic,” said Caldwell. “Another fantastic comeback from a team that never know when they are beaten.
“We kept going and we deserved to win the game because in the first half, while we could have played with more urgency, we still created good opportunities and passed the ball well at times and didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down.
“As a staff – myself, Joe Parkinson, Mike Pollitt on the side and Graham Barrow and Pete Atherton up on the gantry – we are constantly discussing how we can make a difference to the game.We are all a part of that so we all take credit for that.
“It doesn’t always work but it worked tonight and the subs had a real impact, as they did at Fleetwood.
“The atmosphere was a bit quiet first half and we need it a bit more from the start to gee us up a bit more.
“As soon as we got going in the second half the crowd got right behind us and helped make another fantastic night at the DW.”
A right-footed strike from Samuel put Gillingham ahead, before Donnelly’s header from inside the six-yard box doubled the lead on 53 minutes.
Grigg turned home from close range to kickstart the comeback ten minutes later, shortly before Power levelled things up when Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson let his long-range effort through his grasp.
That set the stage for a winner and it arrived at the death, Morgan rising highest to head home a stoppage-time corner.
“We played a big part in a very entertaining game but from the position we were in, we are totally devastated to not take any points away from the game,” said Gills boss Justin Edinburgh.
“The opening goal was a great finish and it was a great ball from Bradley Dack.We scored the second one and Dack had hit the post.We were always a threat.
“Their first goal was a hopeful ball into the box. We could do better with that.The second one is an error from Stuart Nelson but on many occasions he has won us points.”
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