By Kieran Heapy (Wigan Athletic supporter)
Leicester City 2-0 Wigan Athletic – Saturday, 14 September 2013
Powell started on the bench for this one as the team returned to action following the International break. However, he was soon introduced in the second half when he got the nod from Owen Coyle to take to the field inside the hour mark. The midfielder entered proceedings alongside Callum McManaman and James McClean and the idea for the three creative players to take to the field looked to have had a positive impact on the game as it stemmed the flow of Leicester attacks.
The Manchester United loanee impressed with a few clever passes and a high work rate but he was unable to change the course of the game and the result on his first Latics outing.
Zulte-Waregem 0-0 Wigan Athletic – Thursday, 19 September 2013
The club’s first European game and Powell was given the nod to lead the line on his own as the team’s striker. Hard for any midfielder to do. In a game where the home side wanted to pick up points in poor conditions the team and Powell struggled to adapt to what they faced.
That’s not to say Nick looked out of place up front, he went onto make the role his own in a game where he showed his talents as a footballer. On a few occasions with a bit more luck he could have been through on goal, or possibly have found the back of the net.
In a game where Latics didn’t create much, you still felt Nick could have sparked something into life if he had been given the chance.
Wigan Athletic 2-0 Ipswich Town – Sunday, 22 September 2013
In a game where we took the lead early on and then finished up with Nick Powell’s first ever goal for the club, we were outplayed and outclassed for most of it. Powell yet again taking the front role showed slight signs of fatigue from such a gruelling schedule as his boisterous work rate dropped off at times. Yet in a game where we hardly had the ball in the opponents half who could blame him.
His hard solo work was paid off with a 90 minute tap in after Ipswich messed it up at the back. Challenging the on rushing goalkeeper and winning, Powell collected the ball from Gerken’s fumble, before coolly walking up to the goal and blasting it past the on looking defender.
Watford 1-0 Wigan Athletic – Saturday, 28 September 2013
The return of Marc Antoine Fortune meant that Powell could return to the midfield for the game and showed how good he is at playing off the front man. Unfortunately, Fortune only lasted 25 minutes before being replaced and Powell returned to leading the line.
Before then though Powell, and anyone bar the officials at the game, thought he had given Wigan the lead. The midfielder was quick to pounce on a spillage from the goalkeeper after James McClean’s shot, only for it to be ruled offside against McClean.
Powell though was hungry and you could see it in his performance. But he just couldn’t get on the continual stream of crosses being fired in by our wide men, one inch longer here or there and Powell would have been off celebrating.
In the second half Powell was to be denied again, this time beating Lloyd Doyle to his heavy touch, Nick was clipped by the defender and sent tumbling to the ground; the officials yet again ruled in Watford’s favour.
Kieran is editor of Pie Eaters Footie.