Last-gasp Lat­ics call on cap­tain Mor­gan

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Will Piper

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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