Andrew Crofts secured Brighton's third Championship victory on the trot with his winner against Wigan Athletic.

Latics goalkeeper Lee Nicholls had made an excellent save from Jake Forster-Caskey's header to deny the visitors.

But he was beaten when Crofts scored his fifth goal of the season with a looping 72nd-minute header.

Wigan went close to a 90th-minute equaliser but Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak kept out striker Grant Holt's header with a diving save.

The Latics had been unbeaten at home in all competitions but Brighton's win ended that run.

Wigan run ended

  • Wigan were unbeaten at home in all competitions this season prior to the defeat by Brighton

Wigan had the first sight of goal through Leon Barnett, who met Ben Watson's sixth-minute corner at the near post but drilled his shot well wide.

Watson was then unlucky not to give the FA Cup holders an 11th-minute lead when he blasted just wide after a neat one-two with Marc-Antoine Fortune.

After the break, Ashley Barnes crossed from the left for an unmarked Forster-Caskey, who headed straight at Latics keeper Lee Nicholls.

Holt then failed to capitalise on a one-on-one with Kuszczak shortly before Crofts put Brighton in front.

Craig Conway nearly doubled the visitors' advantage after cutting inside and unleashing a stinging shot at Nicholls, who parried the effort wide.

Kuszczak then saved from Holt to ensure the Seagulls remain unbeaten on the road since September.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle:

"There's a bit of anger because we'd been unbeaten here and wanted that to continue. You can feel sorry for yourself or bounce back quickly, and that's what we'll do.

"We have to be ruthless and more clinical. We will continue to try and add to the striking department.

"Grant Holt doesn't lack confidence, he's a great lad. He's an outstanding player and will score many goals for Wigan."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"I am very pleased and proud of my players because all of them gave 100% and if you don't work hard it's impossible to win here.

"I'm pleased because no other team has won here and to be the first to do it means a lot to us.

"We had some good chances to score and they had one or two but we took our chance and it made the difference."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 17 Boyce Booked
  • 24 Perch
  • 07 McCann
  • 04 Shotton
  • 25 Barnett
  • 33 Albrighton (McClean - 65' )
  • 08 Watson
  • 32 Fortuné (Holt - 60' Booked )
  • 19 Powell
  • 15 McManaman (Jordi Gómez - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Rogne
  • 09 Holt
  • 11 McClean
  • 12 Pollitt
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 16 McArthur
  • 18 Espinoza

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno Booked
  • 17 Ward Booked
  • 38 Ince (Bridcutt - 77' )
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 08 Crofts
  • 09 Barnes
  • 21 D. López (El-Abd - 93' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Agustien
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 44 Lita
Ref: Iain Williamson
Att: 14,057

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 6

Corners

7 1

Fouls

23 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +4:12

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +4:12

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam El-Abd replaces David López.

90:00 +1:58 Booking

Booking Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +1:43

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:25

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

89:29

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

89:28

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

89:09

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

89:07

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

88:19 Booking

Booking Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:55

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:55

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

87:47

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Holt with a headed pass.

86:12

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:12

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

84:30

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.

83:33

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

82:42

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:42

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

82:09

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

82:09

Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:30

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Shotton tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

80:08

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David López with a cross.

77:47

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:47

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

76:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt replaces Rohan Ince.

75:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Callum McManaman.

74:35

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:35

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

73:17

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

71:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

71:19

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David López with a cross.

70:17

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

69:25

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:25

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

68:18

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

68:18

Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:14 Booking

Booking Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

66:54

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:54

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

65:37

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David López with a cross.

64:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Marc Albrighton.

64:06

Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).

64:06

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:08

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:08

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

61:16

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

59:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Grant Holt replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

58:58

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

58:37

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58:37

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:52

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:52

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

57:35

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:35

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

55:15

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

52:39

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

51:06

Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

50:20

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:20

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Wigan Athletic).

49:34

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

49:34

Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:19

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +0:51

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:51

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +0:11

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

44:19

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:35

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:35

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

40:44

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

39:12

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts tries a through ball, but Stephen Ward is caught offside.

36:40

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

36:40

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:54

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:54

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

35:32

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

35:32

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:05

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

32:05

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:38

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

31:38

Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:09

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:09

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

29:42

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:42

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

28:06

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:06

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

27:32

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

26:46 Booking

Booking Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:29

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

26:29

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:47

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:47

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

23:54

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.

23:25

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

19:06

Hand ball by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

18:16

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.

16:58

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

16:58

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:11

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris McCann.

14:28

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:51

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Wigan Athletic).

12:22

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

10:39

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

9:45

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

9:44

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a cross.

7:50

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

7:49

Attempt saved. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:01

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:35

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

4:10

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

4:10

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:30

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:30

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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