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Second half goal swung the pendulum

Benno reflects on a frustrating afternoon against Wigan at Ewood Park

5 March 2018

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Elliott Bennett felt Wigan's first goal just after the hour mark turned the tide in Sunday's barnstorming top of the table clash at Ewood Park.

Rampant Rovers raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 17 minutes, with Bennett bagging the second after Adam Armstrong's early opener in front of the biggest home crowd of the campaign so far.

But Wigan battled back and goals from Michael Jacobs and Max Power earned a share of the spoils in the second half.

And Bennett feels the the wind changed in Wigan's direction when Jacobs pulled a goal back just after the hour mark.

"The first goal in the second half was going to be a big turning point and unfortunately for us they managed to get it and then get the second.
“The goal gives them the encouragement to keep going forward, particularly when attacking towards their fans, who were starting to make a bit of noise.
“You see it happen all the time in football. The tide of the game changes when teams 2-0 down get the goal back."
It was rare to see Elliott so downbeat after the game, but the 29-year-old was left reflecting on ifs, buts and maybes after the battle against the Latics and was left ruing the fine margins of football.

“It’s disappointing to have been 2-0 up and then concede two goals in the second half to get a draw. It was a good, competitive football match," he added.

“If we’d been 2-0 down and brought it back to 2-2 then there would have been jubilation, so we have to move on and take the point.
“If Charlie’s free kick goes in towards the end of the half then it’s 3-0 at half time and a completely different game."
Rovers are next in action on Saturday 10th March when ex-boss Gary Bowyer brings his Blackpool team to Ewood Park in League One.

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