Player Ratings: Wigan Athletic vs. Preston North End

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Another local away day and another win on the board. The final 20 minutes or so were a bit of a backs to the wall job but we got the job done and left Wigan with all 3 points on the board.

That is the first time we have done the double over the Latics since the 92/93 season and that’s now only 2 defeats in local league games against Burnley, Blackburn, Wigan and Bolton since 2016. Those two defeats came against Wigan at the back end of last season and against Burnley at home in the 15/16 season when they went up to the Premier League.

Anyway, without further ado, here are our player ratings from yesterday’s game at the DW.

Declan Rudd

Dec didn’t really have much to do in the game overall. Aside from a good save early on from a Jamal Lowe effort, he was largely untested for the whole game.

I feel harsh saying this as he has been one of our best players in recent times and we did end up winning the game but I thought he could have done better with their goal. His presence in the 6-yard-box was, in my opinion, lacking. But again, it’s a tad harsh.

Rating – 6

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Darnell Fisher

Fish had another solid game yesterday and looked back to the Darnell we’ve all come to know and love. He got up and down well, supported the attack well and put a couple of decent crosses into the box.

One for Sean Maguire whose header brought a brilliant one-handed save from Wigan stopper David Marshall.

Rating – 7

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Patrick Bauer

Solid as ever from the big man. He even had involvement in our second goal at the start of the second half. He gave the ball away with a sloppy interception but won it back almost immediately which set Barky off running and within around 13 seconds or so, we had gone up the other end and gotten our second goal.

Rating – 7

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Ben Davies

Ben’s starting to look like his usual self again now. He was steady and solid yesterday and dealt well with pretty much everything that came his way. Let’s hope Ben and Patrick can stay fit for the run-in now.

Rating – 7

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Andrew Hughes

Considering his injury-ravaged season to date, he came back into the starting XI yesterday after around 60 minutes or so in the cup game against Blackburn Rovers and did well.

He got up and down well and supported the attack and showed his quality in the air numerous times. His leap is incredible to be quite honest. Overall, I was impressed with him yesterday.

Rating – 7

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Ben Pearson

Another top drawer display from arguably one of, if not the best central midfielder in the Championship. The ball from him for the first goal was superb. I think I’ve run out of superlatives to describe how good Pearo is now.

If you don’t know, you need to educate yourself.

Rating – 8

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Alan Browne

Browney did well in the middle of the park yesterday and covered the ground well, showed willing and was involved in the build-up for the second goal. I feel that a run in one position will do him well.

Rating – 7

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Scott Sinclair

I thought Scotty did okay but as the game went on he became a bit of a passenger. He played well in the first half and had a good opportunity to double our lead but ended up dragging his shot wide.

I think taking him off was right but I’m not sure bringing Harrop on was the right change to make.

Rating – 6

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Daniel Johnson

Simply superb again yesterday. Another goal and another assist to his name for the season which now puts him on 10 goals and 5 assists in 1,771 minutes on the pitch. Or a goal contribution every 118 minutes.

The other side to his game waw huge yesterday as well. He often doesn’t get the credit for his defensive work-rate but yesterday he was, as I said, superb. He’s going to be crucial in the run-in for us.

Rating – 9

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Tom Barkhuizen

Barky was brilliant again yesterday and like DJ, got another goal and assist to his name which puts him on 10 goals in all competitions and 4 assists now.

He worked his bollocks off going backwards and helping out the defence, too. He’s been fantastic for us this season and again, like DJ, will be vital in the run-in.

Rating – 9

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Sean Maguire

Seani had one of his best games for us in a long time yesterday and a goal would have capped off a fine performance. A goal which he would have had were it not for a good fingertip save from David Marshall in the Wigan net.

I think the break in the last few weeks will have done him good and hopefully he can build on his good performance yesterday in the upcoming games.

Rating – 7

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Substitutes

I think the changes Alex Neil made yesterday were right. Scott Sinclair struggled to get into the game in the second half. Andrew Hughes is coming back from yet another injury and Sean Maguire for Jayden Stockley made sense but it probably should have happened a bit sooner than it did.

Josh Harrop

I thought Josh Harrop coming on for Sinclair was odd though. Personally, I would have moved Seani out wide left and brought Jayden on a bit sooner. Josh struggled with the pace of the game for me.

Rating – 5

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Tom Clarke

Some people bemoaned this change with Hughes going off, Fisher moving across to left-back and Tom Clarke coming on but I didn’t see an issue with it to be honest. Raff has done admirably but equally isn’t a left-back.

Now, neither is Darnell but he was in the swing of the game and had the flow of the game. Tom Clarke provides more of an aerial threat when defending your own box, something Raff doesn’t. So for me, it made sense and I thought the skipper did well.

Rating – 6

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Jayden Stockley

Bringing the big man on to hold the ball up the top end of the pitch was the right thing to do but I think it should have happened 5/10 minutes sooner. Jayden did okay overall though.

Rating – 6

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