With the world cup finally coming to an end, normal club football is to resume soon all over the world. However, matches in the EFL are already underway where Wigan faced Sheffield recently. However, it was a bad day at the office for Wigan Athletic as they lost to Sheffield 2-1. The Blades struck first, with Egan thumping home a header from Oliver Norwood’s superb eighth-minute corner.
It was dreadful defending by the hosts’ Wigan Athletic, who had been given wake-up call just moments earlier when goalkeeper Jamie Jones saved from Elliman Ndiaye, with Sander Berge’s follow-up blocked. At the other end, James McClean was unfortunate to see his right-footed volley spin just past Wes Foderingham’s post. But the Blades continued to cause issues with their high press as Wigan’s defenders – under the guidance of new coach Toure, struggled for composure and were ill at ease with their opponents’ measured aggression.
The overall performance of the players was not up to the mark and was watched by former boss Roberto Martinez. They were appealing for a penalty in the 64th minute when Callum Lang’s shot fell to Aasgaard and his effort was blocked by Baldock’s arm. Referee Dean Whitestone waved away the protests.
United matched Wigan’s aggression in attack but lacked their cutting edge in front of goal as Sharp added United’s second in the 56th minute after Ndiaye’s pass was not up to standard but the veteran striker stroked his low shot past James’ left hand, but just inside his post, to score his second. This ended all the homes for Wigan to grab a win and succumbed to the pressure of going behind and eventually losing the game. The game was a pretty close call with nothing much to separate the two teams.