Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Balogun makes Wigan debut against Middlesbrough

Leon Balogun made his debut while Sam Morsy scored in Wigan’s 2-2 draw versus Middlesbrough in Tuesday’s Championship game.

The Nigerian was loaned to the DW Stadium following his struggles to make Brighton & Hove Albion’s first team.

His maiden appearance was kept on ice in Wigan’s 2-1 home defeat to Preston North End.

However, he was handed his bow by manager Paul Cook, replacing Joe Gelhardt in the 64th minute.

Egypt’s Morsy handed the Latics a bright start with his 29th minute strike to mark his 150th club appearance.

The Smoogies levelled matters through Lewis Wing’s 64 minutes goal before completing his double four minutes later thanks to Jonny Howson’s assist.

However, despite playing a man less – owing to Chey Dunkley’s dismissal, Cook’s men equalised after Cameroon star and on loan St. Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi turned the ball into his own net with 14 minutes to full time.

Boro star Britt Assombalonga was handed a starter’s role but was replaced in the 61st minute by Lukas Nmecha.

This result keeps Wigan in the relegation zone after amassing 30 points from 32 outings. Balogun would be hoping for his second cap when his team face Cardiff City in Wales.

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