The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

GARY Cald­well ad­mit­ted missed op­por­tu­ni­ties proved costly for Wi­gan Ath­letic af­ter Will Grigg’s late equaliser sal­vaged them a point at bot­tom club Colch­ester United.

Yanic Wild­schut and Ryan Col­clough, ei­ther side of Alex Gil­bey’s long-range equaliser, put pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Wi­gan ahead at half time.

But Colch­ester came roar­ing back and El­liot Lee and a Ge­orge Mon­cur penalty put them ahead be­fore Grigg’s late show.

Cald­well said:“When you’re as far ahead as we were in the first half, you have to show it in goals and not just in your per­for­mance and put teams to bed.

“We didn’t do that and we paid a mas­sive price.

“Will Grigg was in the right place at the right time but it was too lit­tle, too late.

“I’ve said to all of the strik­ers, we can’t squan­der chances and they’re not go­ing to keep com­ing.

“There was only go­ing to be one team that was go­ing to win in it in the last five min­utes.

“But you have to take the op­por­tu­ni­ties when they come along and we squan­dered too many.”

Colch­ester boss Kevin Keen was up­set they could not claim vi­tal points, but was still pleased with the dis­play.

“It was just re­ally dis­ap­point­ing that we couldn’t hold on for the points at the end,” he said.

“It was a fab­u­lous game of foot­ball and a great ad­vert for League One.

“It was top ver­sus bot­tom and you could see why they are top.

“Wi­gan are a fan­tas­tic team and, in the first half es­pe­cially, they’re the best team we’ve played against since I’ve been here since Christ­mas.We did well to stay in the game and had we just held on un­til half time, it would have been good.

“We made a cou­ple of ad­just­ments for the se­cond half and the boys did them­selves proud.”

Colch­ester goal­keeper El­liott Parish twice de­nied Grigg early on and also Max Power.

But Lat­ics keeper Jussi Jaaske­lainen thwarted Lee and Mon­cur and United thought they should have had a penalty when Joe Ed­wards tum­bled un­der Stephen Warnock’s chal­lenge in the area.

But, sec­onds later, they were be­hind as Grigg pounced on Tom East­man’s er­ror to set up Wild­schut who fin­ished well, nine min­utes be­fore the break.

Colch­ester were level less than three min­utes later when mid­fielder Gil­bey found the top cor­ner with a mag­nif­i­cent 25-yard strike.

How­ever, Wi­gan re­stored their lead when Col­clough fin­ished cleanly past Parish af­ter good work from Wild­schut.

A su­perb con­test con­tin­ued to ebb and flow and Colch­ester lev­elled again just af­ter the break.

Af­ter Gil­bey picked him out, Lee lashed a fine left-foot strike past Jaaske­lainen.

And Colch­ester went ahead on the hour through Mon­cur, who scored from the spot af­ter be­ing fouled by Reece Wabara.

Wi­gan sub­sti­tute Andy Kel­lett clipped the top of the cross­bar be­fore Grigg smartly con­verted sub­sti­tute Craig Davies’ de­flected pass to earn the vis­i­tors a point.

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