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Wigan Athletic U23s 0-3 Hull City U23s: Match Report

23 September 2020

Hull City U23s made it two wins from two in the U23 Professional Development League after a 3-0 away victory against Wigan Athletic. Goals from Billy Chadwick, Max Sheaf and James Berry secured the Tigers all three points at the Christopher Park Academy.

Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Sheffield United 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium last time out. Ryan Hanson and McCauley Snelgrove came into the side for Martin Samulesen and Callum Jones respectively.

It was fairly even affair in the opening exchanges, as Wigan created the first opportunity of the match as Sean McGurk fired his effort over. Sheaf then fired his own shot over the bar, before the midfielder flicked Jake Leake’s cross into the arms of Bobby Jones. In the other goal, David Robson had to tip over Luke Robinson’s goal bound cross.

The hosts started to create a fair amount of chances as Thelo Aasgaard saw his acrobatic effort go wide of the post, while Robson held Kyle Joseph’s header. Jacob Greaves then produced two great separate blocks to deny Kenjie O’Neil and Joseph, before McGurk curled an effort wide.

Despite Wigan having the majority of the chances in the first half, it was the Tigers that opened the scoring just before the half-time interval. Chadwick found space on the edge of the penalty area and his dipping shot was misjudged by Jones as it bounced into the net.

In the second half, Wigan pushed forward for the equaliser as Matty Jacob was forced into a great challenge to deny Aasgaard, before Robson produced a stunning save to deny the Wigan midfielder moments later. Joseph then headed wide from McGurk’s cross before the Tigers doubled their lead.  

After Leake ran down the left wing, he picked out Sheaf in space and the midfielder drilled his low shot into the bottom corner. From this point, the Tigers created the majority of the chances as Berry hit the post from his curling effort, while Chadwick tested Jones in the Wigan goal with a fine strike.

Jones then produced another decent stop to deny Sheaf his second goal of the day, after the midfielder was picked out by Jordan Hickey, before the Tigers scored their third in injury time. After Chadwick pressured Jones, the goalkeeper’s clearance found Berry and the forward curled his effort into the top corner to secure the Tigers all three points.

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