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Played
October 3, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ A. Stavrev‎
Attendance:‬ 12753‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan Athletic 3-1 NK Maribor

A Nick Powell double and Ben Watson's first-half strike gave the Latics a maiden win in European football despite the Slovenians threatening a second-half comeback.

By Tom Marshall-Bailey

  • Scott Carson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Scott Carson

    Was a spectator throughout as the players in front of him did the business. Was tested by a couple of long-range shots but was always comfortable. Could do little to prevent the goal. Made a breathtaking stop late on.

  • Ryan Shotton
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Shotton

    Largely assured at the heart of the defense and was comfortable enough to bring the ball out and join in with the attack. Solid from a defensive perspective too until he was outmuscled by Mendy for Maribor's goal.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    0
    0
    3.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    Was encouraged by Mejac's troubles at left back and looked to get forward to support McManaman at every opportunity. Most of the Maribor attacks came down his flank but he was generally steady.

  • James Perch
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Perch

    Was never threatened defensively but appeared ill at ease with having to cut inside onto his favored right foot when his side looked to build momentum from the back.

  • Leon Barnett
    0
    0
    3.00

    Leon Barnett

    Towering presence in the back line and he dealt with the Maribor strike force with consummate ease for large parts of the game. Was hapless for the goal as Shotton failed to deal with the danger.

  • Ben Watson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ben Watson

    Reliable on the ball, fierce in the tackle and positionally astute, it was a good night's work for the all-action midfield man, capped by his goal as he showed bravery and a willingness to get forward.

  • Jordi Gómez
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jordi Gómez

    Typically silky, stroked the ball around the DW turf and caused the Maribor defense problems with his constant movement. Was always probing looking for gaps to exploit.

  • James McArthur
    0
    0
    3.00

    James McArthur

    Enjoyed presence of Watson next to him and helped liberate his midfield partner by shackling the Slovenian side's midfielders whenever they received the ball.

  • Nick Powell
    2
    0
    3.50

    Nick Powell Top of the Match

    Was guilty of a few misses but largely shined in an unfamiliar central striker role. Thrived on his responsibility for the night as he always looked to run and open up space in the middle. Deserved his two goals despite his earlier profligacy.

  • Jean Beausejour
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jean Beausejour

    Two first-half crosses and two first-half goals set the tone for the Chilean's display. Got at his fullback time and time again but wasn't afraid to help out Shotton either.

  • Callum McManaman
    0
    0
    3.50

    Callum McManaman

    Sensed vulnerability in Mejac from the outset and tested his fullback with a series of tricky runs down the right. Linked up particularly well with Powell.

Substitutions

  • Chris McCann
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris McCann

    Beefed up the midfield numbers but had no real impact.

  • James McClean
    0
    0
    2.50

    James McClean

    Was introduced for the tiring McManaman but was forced into more defensive work than he would have liked as the visitors sought an equalizer. Helped steady the ship but couldn't offer much going forward.

  • Nouha Dicko
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nouha Dicko

    Came on for the final two minutes and didn't touch the ball.

  • Jasmin Handanoviç
    0
    0
    1.50

    Jasmin Handanoviç Flop of the Match

    An abject performance from the Slovenian, who was badly at fault for the two goals as he flapped at a cross before charging out of his goal. Looked uncertain for the course of the match.

  • Aleš Mejač
    0
    0
    2.00

    Aleš Mejač

    Looked completely out of his depth at left back as he gave the ball away, failed to deal with McManaman and also nearly gifted Powell the opener with a sloppy back pass.

  • Aleksander Rajčevič
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aleksander Rajčevič

    Couldn't track Powell's runs into the channels and struggled to keep tabs of the midfield runners too. Looked nervous in possession as well.

  • Arghus Soares Bordignon
    0
    0
    3.00

    Arghus Soares Bordignon

    Got underneath the ball for the opener and was generally ball watching, evident in the move to the second goal of the evening as he failed to notice Watson's surge into the box.

  • Željko Filipović
    0
    0
    2.00

    Željko Filipović

    Was on the periphery of the game as McArthur, Watson and Gomez dominated in the engine room. In such a crucial role, failed to offer enough in either an offensive or defensive sense.

  • Martin Milec
    0
    0
    2.00

    Martin Milec

    Beausejour had a field day up against the right back who naturally became more and more inhibited on the ball and positionally because of the threat Wigan posed down the left.

  • Goran Cvijanovič
    0
    0
    2.00

    Goran Cvijanovič

    Never looked to get at Boyce and with McManaman offering a direct threat towards the poor Mejac, he should have been more alert to the danger his side faced.

  • Aleš Mertelj
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aleš Mertelj

    One of the more impressive performers. A calmer head on the ball than some of his peers who looked hurried. Saying that, he didn't track the run of Watson from deep as he neglected his defensive duties as part of the double axis in midfield.

  • Marcos Magno Morales Tavares
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marcos Magno Morales Tavares

    The captain looked slow, labored and cumbersome up front for a side in need of a focal point, but he delivered the goods when he tucked home early in the second half. Was unlucky to see a late effort tipped over by Carson.

  • Jean-Philippe Mendy
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jean-Philippe Mendy

    Anonymous for the majority of the game but shrugged off the attentions of Shotton to help his side get back in it. Offered an aerial threat but it was far too sparingly for a side that showed little invention in attacking areas.

  • Damjan Bohar
    0
    0
    2.50

    Damjan Bohar

    Tricky and neat in possession but was brushed off the ball far too easily at times. The goals resulted from a lack of tracking back down his wing.

Substitutions

  • Mitja Viler
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mitja Viler

    Came on for the final exchanges and did not make a telling contribution.

  • Dejan Mezga
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dejan Mezga

    Offered precious little during his spell on the pitch.

  • Nusmir Fajić
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nusmir Fajić

    Hauled on late into the game but could not change the game in any way.

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