It was just one of those performances where you had to just accept that it wasn’t on for the day.
Wigan looked pretty poor in the midfield throughout the game and were toothless up front, other than the occasional flash of brilliance from, you guessed it, Nick Powell.
That being said, we already knew how good Brentford would be at home. They were fast on the wings; Said Benrahma in particular looked dangerous, and they were a threat in front of goal, Niel Maupay seeming to have nailed that Frank Lampard-esque habit of popping up at the right time, or wrong time depending on how you look at it.
In all honesty, Christian Walton probably spared this from being a drubbing by a side that I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the play-offs come the end of the season. That being said, Sam Morsy’s red card on 58-minutes, was purely a case of the referee reacting to the fact that a player was hurt, it was a clash of heads and nothing more. I would love to blame the ref further and say that the red card cost us the game, but the chances of getting anything from Griffin Park will be pretty slim for much bigger teams than us this season.
The back-line didn’t help themselves though, the pitch at Griffin Park is tight and Brentford use it well to pressure teams on the ball. The naivety of a defence made up of two 21-year-olds and an 18 year old showed as they lost the ball much too often in their own half.
Overall, though, there is no shame in losing this one. Brentford are a top side and Griffin Park will undoubtedly be a fortress for them this season as they mount a chase at promotion.
From Wigan’s point of view, we need to pick ourselves up and focus on Hull in the week. The busy schedule might mean that a few changes to the team are necessary as well, and give some of the fringe players a chance.
Its safe to say that fans are desperate to see more of Callum McMannaman in the starting line-up and the return of Michael Jacobs will be a welcome one.
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