What the press made of the spirited home draw
BRAD Inman scored a terrific leveller as a much-improved Crewe performance saw them hold promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic at Gresty Road.
Without a win in their last six games, Crewe were facing yet another defeat when Wigan took an early lead but Crewe showed plenty of fight and character to work their way back in to the game and end the game sharing the spoils.
Wigan had led after just 16 minutes through Reece's Wabara's half-volley, but just before half-time the Alex were level with a terrific Brad Inman finish.
Yanic Wildschut hit the inside of the post for Wigan, while Colclough hit the bar for Crewe in what was a very frantic second half in which both sides pushing hard for a winner.
Crewe Alex produced a determined display to battle their way to a well-earned point after a 1-1 draw at home to promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic.
Brad Inman's stunning strike on 43 minutes cancelled out Reece Wabara's opener for the Latics on 16 minutes as Crewe managed to shake off some of the disappointment of last weekend's late loss at Swindon Town.
Fresh from signing a new 18-month deal in the week, George Cooper was handed a start in place of Billy Bingham and the teenage winger took less than 10 seconds to get involved, firing a somwehat ambitious 25-yarder at veteran Latics keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
With a vocal contingent of more than 2,000 away fans roaring them on, Wigan were well backed and buoyed by a run of form that has seen them unbeaten since December 12 and move firmly in the hunt for promotion.
A POINT on the road doesn’t necessarily signal failure.
But Wigan Athletic will be kicking themselves after failing to rack up a hat-trick of victories over the Railwaymen of Crewe.
Reece Wabara’s rocket had given in-form Latics a decent platform after only 16 minutes.
However, a killer second goal that would surely have been the ticket to three points proved annoyingly elusive - and allowed the home side a route back in.
After hanging on for the first half-hour, Crewe levelled just before half-time when, following a Latics corner, Bradden Inman broke to lash past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Try as they might, Latics couldn’t force a late winner, and the home side could even have nicked all three points in an end-to-end final quarter.