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Sam Morsy’s Wigan promoted to championship
Sam Morsy came off before half time as his Wigan Athletic side battered local rivals Blackpool 4-0, in a match that saw Dutch wide man Yanic Wildschut score a brace with Will Grigg and Chris McCann also adding to the scoresheet.
Blackpool XI: Doyle; White; Aldred; Robertson; Higham; Philliskirk; Potts; Smith; McAllister; Cullen; Redshaw.
Wigan Athletic: Jaaskelainen; Wabara; Daniels; Morgan; Warnock; Power; Morsy; Perkins; McCann; Grigg; Jacobs.
Going into the game, Wigan knew that a win would seal promotion to the Championship following their double relegation from the Premier League, however they knew that opponents Blackpool would be no pushover as they also needed a win to put them one step closer to safety in League 1.
The first half proved to be fairly close, with neither side able to make a breakthrough despite both sides creating a decent amount of chances. English-born Egyptian Sam Morsy was subbed off before half time, shortly before his midfield partner Max Power came close just before the break as his shot from just outside the box was saved by Blackpool keeper Doyle.
Not long into the second half, Wigan made a breakthrough via midfielder Chris McCann, as his shot from outside the box was struck too well for Doyle to stop on this occasion.
The floodgates opened from that point onwards, as Morsy’s replacement Yanic Wildschut ot his first of the afternoon with a shot across goal following a good run from McCann.
Wildschut doubled his account just two minutes later thanks to an intricate lobbed pass from Will Grigg before the Dutchman finished past Doyle yet again.
Grigg, who famously scored with his chest against Manchester United for MK Dons last season, turned from provider to scorer in the closing minutes of the game to seal a 4-0 win for the Latics away from home.
The win means that Wigan are assured of automatic promotion, and so Sam Morsy and co will be playing in the second tier of English football next season and will hope for a better outcome than the last time they were in the Championship. Blackpool are two points adrift of Fleetwood as well as having played a game extra going into their final game of the season against Peterborough.
Wigan are also virtually sure of winning the title, barring a miracle 21 goal swing from Burton Albion in the last two games of the season.