Owls fan’s view: Lewis top dog for meeting challenge

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This year I didn’t make the long trip to Yeovil - big respect to those who did, though, writes Steve Walmsley

On the radio it sounded like I had made the right decision, the gloominess not being helped by the lugubrious tones of Sean O’Driscoll as co-commentator - he really could make the New Year firework display sound dull. I guess the good run away from home had to come to an end some time but for it to do so in such a lame fashion was very disappointing.

Wigan was a different kettle of fish altogether. At the DW Stadium we were hard-working, well-organised and posed a threat until we started to tire after an hour and they refreshed their side with the jewels they can afford to have on the bench.

All the players deserved credit for an excellent performance.

But I would pick out Lewis Buxton as top dog - to have your first game back for ages as a battle with James McClean was a big challenge but he rose to it fantastically to have his opponent in his pocket, to the extent that McClean was subbed off.

Quite why Al Habsi stayed on the pitch I don’t know -I have never seen a more blatant foul to deny a goal-scoring opportunity and yet he was allowed to be in a position to make the penalty save, keep Wigan at 11 men, and celebrate with knee slides when they got their penalty.

I can see why the linesman fell for Perch’s exaggerated fall but replays show there was little or no contact from Lavery.

But we have to now pick ourselves up and get those two or three wins that should see us safe, starting tomorrow against the Brummies.