Wigan were very efficient and effective with what they did, they were set up to keep City out and then hit them on the break, so most of their good performers were in the defensive ranks, this is how I saw it:
Centreback Jordan Robinson commanded the defence really well. He was excellent in the air and cleared many crosses and long balls, his presence at the back was not just with the ball in the air, he was also very competent with the ball on the floor. His footballing brain was impressive and he orchestrated the back line well. He was strong and didn’t give the lively City forward Guidetti an easy ride at all.
Wigan also had Tim Chow who played well in a defensive roll. He kept the ball moving and relieved the pressure on the defence by playing it simply out from the back. He generally found team mates and didn’t often give it away, he was technically well drilled and while not overly pacey I was pretty impressed with the work he got through. He kept a cool head, and he marshalled Assulin well when he was having some of his more dominant spells of possession for City.
Sadly the Wigan right back Adam Buxton had a tough game and struggled. He never really got to grips with McDermott or Mancini who switched sides throughout the game, and even though neither City player was overly good when they got the ball, Buxton generally allowed them far too much space to play in, and on occasions opposition players were able to run in behind him with relative ease. It didn’t help that the City left back had a particularly good game and beat him for pace on several occasions. It is impossible for me to judge his talents on the back of only one game, but if last night was anything to go off, he may need to improve the defensive side of his game.
Even though Wigan were not overly attack minded throughout, their number 9, Callum McManaman, looked useful. When the ball did come forward he held it up well and was a dominant presence in the air and he made the Manchester City centrebacks work hard. He was pretty tricky with the ball at his feet and he looked like he could be a threat if he were given more service.
Other honorable mentions for Wigan should got to Roman Golobart who again was very solid defensively and worked well with the rest of the defensive unit. Daniel Redmond as well looked a useful player and this was demonstrated with some particularly nice cross field balls.
All in all it wasn’t a cracker of a game, but there were some noticeable performances from both sides. Expect the next report the week after next when the City EDS are in action again.
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