Wigan 0 Leeds United 1: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Luke Murphy tussles with Wigan's Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Luke Murphy tussles with Wigan's Marc-Antoine Fortune.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-0 victory at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

JAMES HARRISON

Alex Mowatt again scored a brilliant goal to secure another three points away from home.

It makes you think, if Neil Redfearn had been in charge for all of the season, how high up the table could we be?

The performances in 2015 have been outstanding and we have been worthy of all the points we have won.

The most impressive thing has been the away form.

We look a total different team and don’t look scared to go to places and attack.

Billy Sharp and Steve Morison ran their socks off and looked extremely threatening.

I’m confident that Morison can score a couple of goals as we enter the final stages of the season.

If he gets one, I’m sure he’ll go on a little scoring run.

The victory could almost certainly guarantee Wigan’s relegation from the league.

We never seem to get a result at Wigan so it was a long time coming.

They created a lot of chances but it was just our day again and we were worthy of all three points.

Alex Mowatt took his goal outstandingly well. It was great build-up play on the edge of the area and the finish was superb with his weaker foot.

He is now on his way to double figures and to score that many from midfield at his age is brilliant.

I thought that Gaetano Berardi came in and didn’t look out of place whatsoever.

He took his chance well and he may get a run in the side now, and I hope he grasps it with both hands.

He fits in well at the back and although they had a few clear chances, I didn’t think we’d concede.

The midfield has been the most promising part this calendar year.

All of them are extremely young and this season will have been a big learning curve and great experience for them.

And mention must be made of Luke Murphy. Another fine performance.

I just hope we can push on now and I still have that little bit of hope of reaching the play-offs.

The challenge now is to continue the great form and finish as high up the table as we possibly can.

Another great three points and we can now look forward to Forest!

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds registered back-to-back wins with a hard-fought victory of a seemingly doomed Wigan. This victory virtually guarantees Championship football at Elland Road.

Neil Redfearn was forced into two changes with Gaetano Berardi coming in at left-back and Steve Morison back to replace Sam Byram.

It looked a 4-4-2 with Alex Mowatt on the right.

Dave Whelan’s farewell speech before the game included a passage about it being 25 years since Leeds won the FA Cup, which only added fire to the five thousand passionate Leeds fans there.

Leeds had the first opportunity but Sol Bamba’s header found Carson’s arms, Ojo’s effort went wide as did Morrison’s. How Billy Sharp didn’t get a penalty only the referee knows.

Wigan threatened sporadically but the Leeds defence, with Bamba in commanding form, repelled everything that came his way.

The goal that won the game came from Alex Mowatt on 51 minutes. He controlled a pass from Morison to blast it past the Wigan keeper. It was a superb strike.

Wigan nearly stole a equaliser but Silvestri saved McClean’s injury-time free-kick.

There is a steely side to this Leeds side.

A incredible afternoon with the Keighley Whites, finished off by ‘Bunter’ doing his victory dance. A sight to behold believe me.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United had not won in Wigan since their very first meeting almost 30 years ago, so it was fitting, in a way, that they should get the victory in what could be the last meeting between the sides for some long time.

The two sides could be heading in very different directions over the next few years, as a Dave Whelanless Wigan descend the divisions they rose through under the stewardship of their retiring chairman. Leeds however, should they sort their off-field affairs have a collection of quality young players capable of moving this club forward once again. Again it was an Academy product who scored the decisive goal, Alex Mowatt, to give Leeds a seventh win in 10 games.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

JONATHAN FORD

It wasn’t one for the football purist, but we got what we deserved, a 1-0 win. Malky Mackay said his team deserved to win because of all the chances, but 19 shots and three on target tells me that they weren’t clear-cut, and who cares, we won 1-0!

Man of the match: Steve Morison.

MATTHEW EVANS

Going to Wigan has always been a depressing experience. The ultimate in flat-pack stadia, no home support, nose to tail traffic from the motorway to the ground and, until this season, they have been better than us in almost every way.

It was very satisfying then that Alex Mowatt’s fantastic winning goal might help see them in a lower division than us next season. Some might say it would still be a division above their rightful place!

Dave Whelan’s rambling speech set up a frenetic tie that was played out on a very poor field.

There were a lot of good performances in white shirts, especially defensively, but I think Gaetano Berardi had his best game to date.

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.

GARY NEWBOULD

An injury depleted United registered another three points and almost certainly registered Championship safety against Wigan. Minus the injured Sam Byram and Liam Cooper it was another stunner from Alex Mowatt just after half-time was the difference between two sides – on an appalling pitch – to send almost five thousand loyal hordes back across the Pennines in fine spirits via the local beer festival!

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

Leeds United goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald.

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