GRIGG DOES THE DAM­AGE AS RUTH­LESS LAT­ICS STRIKE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Alex Crook

WI­GAN man­ager Gary Cald­well hailed his side’s ruth­less­ness as the pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Lat­ics thrashed ten-man Swin­don at the County Ground to stretch their un­beaten run to 17 matches.

Max Power lived up to his name by scor­ing a screamer, but it was three goals in the space of four sec­ond-half min­utes which blew sorry Swin­don away.

Wi­gan boss Cald­well said:“In the first half we con­tained them but the sec­ond half we went 100 per cent, were clin­i­cal in our fin­ish­ing and killed the game off quickly.

“Swin­don are a good side.They like to play out from the back so we made the de­ci­sion to go man for man and put them un­der pres­sure from the off.

“I felt we could have been even more on the front foot in the first half than we were. In the sec­ond half we came out and blew them away and the game was over.”

North­ern Ire­land striker Will Grigg set the tone for a one-sided evening by sweep­ing in Chris McCann’s cross from six yards with only 15 min­utes on the clock.

Power made it 2-0 two min­utes af­ter the break, cutting in from the left be­fore plant­ing an un­stop­pable shot into the far cor­ner of the Robins’ net.

Front-man Grigg com­pleted his dou­ble three min­utes later with a de­flected shot be­fore Dean Morsy claimed his first Wi­gan goal with a fine 20-yard fin­ish.

Nicky Ajose got in be­hind the Wi­gan de­fence to cut the deficit 11 min­utes from time and deny veteran goal­keeper Jussi Jaaske­lainen a clean sheet.

Swin­don’s misery was com­pounded in the 86th minute when cap­tain Nathan Thomp­son was shown a straight red card for a reck­less lunge on McCann. The de­feat all but ends Swin­don’s faint hopes of mak­ing the play-offs and home boss Luke Wil­liams ad­mits his side were taught a les­son.

Wil­liam said:“Wi­gan are a Cham­pi­onship side play­ing in League One. They are that good. It is a bench­mark for us.

“I have to give them a huge amount of credit be­cause they man­aged to do ev­ery­thing. Phys­i­cally they were dif­fi­cult to deal with, they moved the ball well and are good at set-pieces.

“It was not a hu­mil­i­a­tion. The fact is Wi­gan are ex­cep­tional. If we had set up to try and de­fend it would have been the same out­come with­out us hav­ing a chance of try­ing to win.

“We thought we could cre­ate more chances and if we could take those we would have had some­thing to hold onto.

“The sec­ond goal killed us. Af­ter that a few of our play­ers lost their heads and let things get on top of them.”

Sec­ond-placed Wi­gan face Rochdale to­mor­row and club leg­end Cald­well added:“It is just three points and now we move onto the next game.

“We have got a short re­cov­ery time to pre­pare for Mon­day, re­fo­cus and get ready for an­other tough game We have got our­selves into a very good po­si­tion.”

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