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Sam Morsy sent off as Wigan draw with Millwall FC
Egypt-eligible Sam Morsy was sent off in Wigan’s match with Millwall FC, with Wigan earning a valuable point to keep within touching distance of league leaders Burton Albion.
Morsy was selected for the starting line up for the fifth match in a row, after he was recently praised by Wigan manager Gary Caldwell for his recent performances with the Latics.
Morsy’s match did not last more than 33 minutes however, as the Egypt-born midfielder received his first yellow of the game in the 28th minute when he committed a foul trying to stop a counter-attack from the home team.
The midfielder received his marching orders from the referee only five minutes later for another bookable offence near the touch-line leaving Wigan to play 57 minutes of the game with ten men.
Wigan held on for the rest of the game to earn a valuable point after waves of attacks from the home team. Latics veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was in inspiring form to keep the score goalless.
Caldwell spoke to BBC Radio Manchester following the match and praised his team’s resilient performance while criticizing the referee’s decision to dismiss Morsy:
“It was a good contest. We don’t need to question this team’s character.
“I’m really proud of my 10 players and the subs that came on that had to battle and scrap and fight, it was a magnificent second half performance.
“It was two clear fouls, but to get two bookings, refs need to be strong and the crowd is on his back.”
Morsy’s side extended their undefeated run to 13 games however which is an impressive run. Wigan are still in the chase for promotion to the Championship as they remain second in England’s League One, only four points behind leaders Burton Albion and four points ahead of third place Walsall.
Next up for Wigan is a home match against Peterborough on Saturday, March 5th.