Ross McCormack scored twice as Leeds beat managerless Wigan to move up to seventh in the Championship table.

For Wigan, who parted company with manager Owen Coyle on Monday, it was their fourth successive defeat.

McCormack bundled home his eighth goal in six matches to open the scoring before adding a second with a curling free-kick.

Will Keane had the best chances for Wigan, who were led by caretaker boss Graham Barrow.

Breaking the tradition

Leeds had never beaten Wigan before in any of their previous five meetings

The visitors were able to call upon England goalkeeper Scott Carson for the first time since October, after he recovered from an ankle injury and he endured a busy night of action.

He saved well from Luke Murphy before the opening goal came, when McCormack reacted quickest to Jason Pearce's header from a corner.

Keane, on loan from Manchester United, twice went close to equalising but was thwarted by Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny, who first beat him to a ricochet and then brilliantly blocked his point-blank shot.

Matt Smith went close for the home side, shooting straight at Carson, before Leeds' leading scorer McCormack scored his and Leeds second of the night.

He swung over a free-kick from the left and although Pearce reacted quickest and appeared to get the faintest of touches, replays showed the ball evaded everybody before bouncing beyond Carson and the home side comfortably held out for their fifth straight home win.

Home comforts

Leeds have won their last five league games at Elland Road, scoring at least two goals in each game (12 in total).

After the game Wigan confirmed  that assistant manager Sandy Stewart has left the club.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott: "We're trying to build a winning mentality. We've played better this season, but we're learning how to win together.

"Paddy made a good save at 1-0 and Ross McCormack obviously, I thought he was terrific, he led the line very well and we were solid.

"They had a lot of the ball in the second half, but I didn't think they really got behind us and two good finishes by Ross, that's it in a nutshell.

Wigan caretaker boss Graham Barrow: "The disappointing thing for me was our lack of finishing power.

"With the people we've got we should be doing better, but I can't fault the lads in how they applied themselves.

"It's been a difficult week as you can imagine, but in training I can't fault the players for effort."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 16 Pugh
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 24 Zaliukas
  • 04 Lees
  • 06 Murphy Booked
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 44 McCormack
  • 20 Smith
  • 08 Austin

Substitutes

  • 11 Varney
  • 15 Warnock
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 25 Byram
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 17 Boyce
  • 24 Perch
  • 16 McArthur
  • 21 Ramis
  • 25 Barnett
  • 07 McCann
  • 08 Watson
  • 19 Powell (McManaman - 67' )
  • 31 Keane (Holt - 55' )
  • 22 Beausejour (McClean - 55' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 04 Shotton
  • 09 Holt
  • 11 McClean
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 15 McManaman
  • 18 Espinoza
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 25,888

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

7 2

Corners

8 7

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:04 Booking

Booking James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:52

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +1:43

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:40

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

89:22

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

89:19

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

85:39

Attempt saved. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

85:08

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

84:37

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

84:37

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:21

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

81:49

Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

79:53

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

79:53

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:05

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

76:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

76:04

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

76:04

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:43

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:37

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

72:57

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

72:14

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:54

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

70:54

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:15

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

67:13

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Danny Pugh is caught offside.

67:04

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Nick Powell.

65:27

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

63:25

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:44

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

62:35

Attempt blocked. Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:11

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

61:34

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

61:34

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:54

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

60:54

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:54

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

57:10

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross following a corner.

56:32

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

56:07

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

54:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Jean Beausejour.

54:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Grant Holt replaces William Keane.

54:07

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

51:03

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:03

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

48:29

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:29

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

45:22

Offside, Leeds United. Patrick Kenny tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:50

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ben Watson tries a through ball, but Chris McCann is caught offside.

43:44

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross following a corner.

43:18

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

43:15

Attempt blocked. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce with a cross.

41:36

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

41:01

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

41:01

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:31

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:31

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

34:36 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:24

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

34:24

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

31:48

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Pearce following a set piece situation.

31:08

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

31:08

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:52

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

29:29

Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:29

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

28:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:27

Delay in match Patrick Kenny (Leeds United) because of an injury.

27:11

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

27:09

Attempt saved. William Keane (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McArthur.

27:02

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell.

26:23

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:23

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

25:34

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

25:31

Attempt blocked. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

24:35

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:35

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

22:25

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by James Perch.

22:20

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

21:56

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

20:22

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

19:36

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

19:36

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:48 Booking

Booking Jason Pearce (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:17

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

17:17

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

14:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lees with a headed pass following a corner.

14:14

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

14:11

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

12:13

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

12:13

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

11:52

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

11:13

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

11:13

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:32

Hand ball by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

8:22

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

7:32

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

5:05

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Iván Ramis tries a through ball, but William Keane is caught offside.

4:45

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:45

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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