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Match report: Wigan Athletic 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

8 December 2021

Match Reports

Match report: Wigan Athletic 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

8 December 2021

Shrewsbury Town suffered late heartbreak away at highflying Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.

The hosts took an early lead through their captain Tendayi Darikwa, who stole in at the back post to slot home James McClean's left-footed cross in the second minute.

Despite the early setback, Salop did not look startled and pushed back at Wigan. Their best chance from the opening stages saw Josh Daniels' header cleared off the line by McClean with 11 minutes played.

After a slow period in the game that was largely dominated by the Latics, Shrewsbury managed to pull themselves level in the 39th minute. A sloppy pass found Nathaniel Ogbeta, who burst forward and passed the ball out to Dan Udoh on the left-wing. The Shrews' in-form striker drilled the ball across the box that Ryan Bowman tapped home from close range.

The first 15 minutes of the second half emulated the quiet period that was displayed in the first, with neither side creating much trouble for their opposition. Wigan enjoyed a period of dominance in and around the Salop penalty area just after the hour mark but couldn't muster up anything more than a couple of teasing crosses.

Shrewsbury's only replies during this period consisted of a Udoh shot that was blocked on the edge of the box and a darting run from Ogbeta that saw him make his way as far at the byline where a slightly heavy touch sent the ball out of play.

Wigan almost re-took the lead in the 82nd minute when former Salop player Callum Lang made a penetrating run through Shrewsbury's defensive lines, reaching the edge of the penalty box and unleashing a fierce strike that was well saved by Marko Marosi.

The intensity heightened in the latter stages of the game and, unfortunately for the travelling Salopian contingent, Wigan notched a winner in the second minute of extra time. 19-year-old Thelo Aasgaard found space to curl the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Marosi's net, sending Shrewsbury back to Shropshire empty-handed.

Attendance: 8098 (271 away)

The Teams:

Wigan: Ben Amos, Tom Taylor, Jack Whatmough, Jordan Cousins (Thelo Aasgaard, 42), Will Keane, Gavin Massey (Stephen Humphrys, 83), Curtis Tilt, Callum Lang, Joe Bennett (Gwion Edwards, 78), James McClean, Tendayi Darikwa

Subs not used: Jamie Jones, Kell Watts, Jordan Jones, Jason Kerr

Salop: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy, Matthew Pennington, Josh Vela, Daniel Udoh (Khanya Leshabela, 80), Ryan Bowman (Sam Cosgrove, 53), Nathaniel Ogbeta, Elliott Bennett, Tom Bloxham (Rekeil Pike, 66), Josh Daniels, George Nurse

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Charlie Caton, Callum Wilson, Kade Craig


Referee: David Rock

Assistant Referees: Billy Smallwood and Joe Clark

Fourth Official: Alan Clayton


Josh Daniels received the first booking of the game, throwing the ball away in the 90th minute.

Stephen Humphrys was the only Wigan player to make his way into the referee's book, fouling Luke Leahy late on.


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