Winger Viv Solomon-Otabor provided an assist as Wigan Athletic made it back-to-back wins as they came from behind against Sunderland to claim a priceless 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night.
Latics went behind after Charlie Wyke gave the away side the lead, but goals from Will Keane and Callum Lang handed Leam Richardson’s men an outstanding victory and completed a double over the Black Cats this season in the League 1.
Richardson made one change to the side that ran out 4-1 winners over Doncaster Rovers, with Callum Lang returning to the starting XI in place of Thelo Aasgaard.
On the back of the confidence building win at Doncaster, Latics came out strongly at the start of this game, with chances presenting themselves inside the opening few minutes.
First, George Johnston’s header from a Lee Evans corner was gathered by Lee Burge, before Keane’s effort from inside the penalty area forced Burge into a save down to his left hand side.
The away side started to play themselves into the game, and saw a lot of the ball as they looked to find the breakthrough. Aiden McGeady had the first real opening for Lee Johnson’s side and tested his luck from 25 yards, but Jamie Jones was up to the task to palm wide for a corner.
From the subsequent corner, Bailey Wright – a late inclusion in the Sunderland line up for Conor McLaughlin – nodded the ball wide of Jones’ far post.
Sunderland eventually made their pressure count as McGeady, who was at the centre of anything good for the away side, whipped the ball to the far post and Wyke was on hand to fire past Jones.
Latics responded to going behind superbly and had an opportunity to level up within a couple of minutes as Funso Ojo met Viv Solomon-Otabor’s cross, but Burge once more was up to the task.
The home side continued to push for an equaliser and Lang almost levelled it up as he drove at the Sunderland defence and fired at goal, but Burge tipped it wide.
From the resulting corner, Latics got their reward. Evans’ ball to the far post was pushed back across goal by Joe Dodoo into the path of Keane, who controlled brilliantly before finishing emphatically.
Latics started the second half in the same manner in which they finished the first, with belief and confidence they could match their opponents.
Latics got themselves in front for the first time on the night as Lang added to his tally for the season. Solomon-Otabor recycled the ball to Lang who applied the finishing touch.
Sunderland, like Latics in the first half, reacted strongly to Lang’s goal as they looked to get themselves back on level terms. Johnson made four substitutions in an attempt to find a second goal but Latics stood strong despite the intense pressure.
After riding the Sunderland storm, Latics came out looking to find a third and kill the game with Keane getting two huge chances to extend the lead. Lang drove superbly down-field to put Keane through on goal, but his effort was wide.
Six minutes later, Keane had another big chance to score after an outstanding break from Solomon-Otabor, but his strike on goal went wide of Burge’s post.
It will be recalled that Viv Solomon-Otabor was invited for the Super Eagles’ friendly match with Brazil in 2019 but he didn’t feature despite showing promises in training.
He also lists Crystal Palace, Blackpool and Portsmouth among his previous clubs.
Wigan Athletic are 20th on the English League 1 ladder as at the time of filing this report.
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