Date: 2nd September 2018 at 9:09am
Written by:
Wigan Athletic
1 – 0
Rotherham United

DW Stadium


1/09/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 9584

Referee: Scott Duncan

Wigan Athletic Rotherham United
Vaughan (73)
Walton Rodak
James Vyner
Robinson Mattock
Dunkley Raggett (Robertson 19)
Wood (Proctor 77)
Connolly Taylor (Vassell 59)
Evans Manning
Powell (McManaman 60) Ajayi
Windass (Garner 90+1) Williams
Grigg (Vaughan 60) Smith


Jones Bilboe
Bruce Robertson
Byrne Newell
McManaman Palmer
Roberts Towell
Garner Proctor
Vaughan Vassell

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 16
5 On Target 4
3 Corners 6
10 Fouls 13
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
60 % 40

Rotherham United lost away at Wigan Athletic yesterday and I think I might have been a little harsh in a reply I posted to Paul Warne’s post-match interview.

I had a bit of a moan, something I usually keep in my head or just talk to friends about. But, I think, yesterday I’d just come to the end of my tether a bit. I don’t like to criticise Millers players, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. Everyone has an off day, everyone has days when things don’t go right (I actually have weeks like that) so I’ve had some time to simmer and think probably it wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to be. Was it?

I have to say I think referee Scott Duncan might not have helped matters along booking Jon Taylor after just five minutes then going on to book another two of our players before the half-time came. I actually text friends and said he was the worst referee I’d seen this season to which one replied ‘and that’s saying something’!

Wigan had twenty more per cent of possession than we did but being the home side isn’t that about right? And is possession everything? Both sides has sixteen shots at goal with the Millers having four to Wigan’s five on target. While our shooting accuracy was rated at twenty-five per cent, Wigan’s wasn’t that much better at thirty-one per cent. Apparently we won more of the ‘aerial duels’ so perhaps the defenders were getting the ball away more than I thought. And we actually had six corner to the hosts’ three.

As I write this we are still fifteenth in the Championship – and wouldn’t we take that at the end of the season, I certainly would. If Norwich beat Ipswich tomorrow they could go above us but we’d only drop to sixteenth as we go into an international break.

It’s only been a month and we have a lot to learn but I’m sure, given a few more weeks, we will do that.


2 Replies to “Is Possession Everything?”

  • As a Wigan fan Rotherham were negative and were in town for a draw
    with persistent time wasting were the worst team so far we have played at home.
    it reminded me of last season in league one teams come to the DW for a draw
    any way on that showing you will be back there

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