By Ian Waterhouse
Leeds United 1 Wigan Athletic 1
Line Up’s – Leeds United
1 Green, 2 Ayling, 5 Bartley, 18 Jansson, 21 Taylor, 14 O’Kane, 23 Phillips 24 Sacko (Grimes 66), 19 Hernández (Mowatt 74), 7 Roofe, 9 Wood (Antonsson 85).
1 Bogdan, 10 Byrne (Jordi Gómez 62), 3 Buxton (Morganat 62), 33 Burn, 23 Warnock, 16 MacDonald, 25 Powell, 6 Power, 4 Perkins, 17 Jacobs (Wildschut 45), 9 Grigg.
Wigan’s hard work and tenacity paid off as an injury time equaliser from the Latic’s Shaun MacDonald meant they stole a point at the death and left Leeds to rue missed opportunities.
The whites struck ahead in the 29th minute thanks to a simply stunning half volley from Chris Wood after Sacko’s cross left the home side with their noses in front and playing on the front foot.
Wood’s eighth goal of the season was one of his best and he was close to a ninth but for the acrobatics of Wigan goal keeper Adam Bogdan keeping Wood’s looping header out of the net.
The visitors had their chances, Michael Jacobs hit the post for Wigan before a momentary lapse cost Leeds dear as MacDonald equalised via the woodwork late on to deny Leeds a fourth successive home victory.
The draw is only the white’s second of the season (and first ever between the sides in the league) but drops the club back into the bottom half of the table after Saturday’s defeat to Derby.
What the Managers Said
Garry Monk – Leeds
“We are very disappointed not to get the three points. We paid a very high price at the end.
“We need to not rest and try to dominate. We need to go on and get a second and a third goal, that is the next step for the group.
Gary Caldwell – Wigan
“We are happy to get the point and I’m really happy with the performance.
“We got what we deserved. Sometimes we just try and walk it in, but we have to be more ruthless in the box.
Garry Monk will no doubt be furious his side did not close this game out. As they home side they should have controlled the game better instead of unnecessarily allowing Wigan a lot of the ball and allowing themselves to be under pressure.
Wolves away awaits at the weekend and Tuesday night’s draw will have just raised a little bit of added pressure onto Monk’s shoulders.]