GRIGG’S IN THE GOALS AGAIN BUT NO CIGAR

Mad­di­son hits late lev­eller

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Ni­cholls

WI­GAN man­ager Gary Cald­well says he can’t ask any more of his play­ers af­ter the in-form Lat­ics ex­tended their un­beaten run to 14 matches fol­low­ing a draw with Peter­bor­ough United at the DW Sta­dium.

Will Grigg’s 14th goal of the sea­son looked to have won it for the home side only for Mar­cus Mad­di­son to snatch a point for Posh with a stun­ning free-kick ten min­utes from time.

Cald­well ad­mit­ted the re­sult was prob­a­bly a fair one but was full of praise for his side, whose draw ex­tended the gap be­tween them­selves and third place in League One to five points.

“In terms of ef­fort, in terms of try­ing to win the game, I can’t ask any more of the play­ers,” said Cald­well. “The boys gave it ev­ery­thing and kept go­ing right un­til the last minute.

“At the end of the game we looked very strong and if any team was go­ing to win it, it was go­ing to be us.

“Just for a bit of qual­ity in the penalty box or putting more of the chances that we cre­ated away we would have won the game.”

Af­ter a slow start the home side grew into the game and top scorer Grigg had the first mean­ing­ful at­tempt on goal in the 12th minute.

A long-range drive from Max Power was palmed into his path by vis­it­ing goal­keeper Stu­art Moore and Grigg pounced on the fol­low-up but Moore re­acted quickly to save again.

Just as Wi­gan be­gan to seize the ini­tia­tive, Peter­bor­ough broke dan­ger­ously with Mad­di­son curl­ing in a cross from the right that Michael Smith volleyed into the ground and to­wards goal.

Peter­bor­ough winger Jon Tay­lor in­ad­ver­tently de­flected the shot over the bar and col­lided with Wi­gan keeper Jussi Jaaske­lainen in the process, knock­ing the Finn to the ground. Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of treat­ment in the goal­mouth Jaaske­lainen got gin­gerly to his feet and clearly worse for wear, trudged off the field to be re­placed by re­serve keeper Lee Ni­cholls.

Yanic Wild­schut scored in the re­verse fix­ture in Oc­to­ber and should have done bet­ter in the 41st minute, slic­ing his close-range ef­fort lazily wide af­ter Ryan Col­clough had cut the ball back.

The Dutch­man missed an­other glo­ri­ous chance to put the Lat­ics ahead in the 71st minute, fir­ing wide af­ter burst­ing clear down the left.

But Grigg spared Wild­schut’s blushes sec­onds later, slot­ting clin­i­cally past Moore from in­side the penalty area af­ter the in­dus­tri­ous Don­er­von Daniels had re­trieved pos­ses­sion down the right.

It was a goal the striker thor­oughly mer­ited ac­cord­ing to his man­ager.

“His work-rate and hold up play is first class,” said Cald­well. “He’s a player that if we cre­ate chances, will score goals and he de­served that one.”

Peter­bor­ough, how­ever, re­fused to lie down and with ten min­utes re­main­ing they got their re­ward as Mad­di­son thumped a stun­ning free-kick from 30 yards into the top cor­ner.

Grigg nearly snatched a win­ner three min­utes from time, spin­ning and shoot­ing in­side the box, but the ag­ile Moore got down well to deny the striker and halt his side’s five-game los­ing streak.

Posh man­ager Gra­ham West­ley was de­lighted with the re­sult af­ter­wards and couldn’t speak highly enough of his goalscorer.

“Mar­cus has re­ally stepped up to the plate and he’s do­ing some fan­tas­tic things on the pitch,” said West­ley.

“He creates some great foot­ball pic­tures and some great in­di­vid­ual mo­ments. He’s one hell of a tal­ent.

“I re­ally en­joyed the char­ac­ter of team when we went 1-0 down.

“They showed not to give up the ghost, not to be de­fined by the run of re­sults that we’ve had and showed that they’re bet­ter men than that.

“The char­ac­ter and re­ac­tion was fan­tas­tic.

“We’re im­prov­ing, we’re go­ing for­ward and the big pic­ture at our club is very pos­i­tive even if the short-term pic­ture’s been dif­fi­cult be­cause we’ve had in­juries and we’ve had to blood a lot of peo­ple.”

WILL POWER: Grigg of Wi­gan Ath­letic (cen­tre) cel­e­brates scor­ing the open­ing goal

PIC­TURES: JMP

MARC-SMAN: Peter­bor­ough’s Mar­cus Mad­di­son cel­e­brates scor­ing the equal­is­ing goal from a free-kick, in­set

ON THE RUN: Peter­bor­ough’s Jon Tay­lor es­capes his man

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