Midfielder Adam Clayton's late strike gave Huddersfield a narrow victory over fellow mid-table side Wigan.

Clayton fired in his fourth goal of the season, beating away goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi at his near post with a 20-yard strike five minutes from time.

Wigan had looked set to register a sixth clean sheet in eight league games until the former Leeds player struck.

Huddersfield's Oliver Norwood had hit the bar with a 40-yard free-kick four minutes before Clayton's winner.

The home side, boosted by the return of striker James Vaughan from a knee injury, dominated the early exchanges.

A goal-line clearance from James McArthur kept out Tommy Smith's header before Vaughan twice narrowly failed to connect with teasing crosses from Adam Hammill.

Wigan, who have now failed to score in their past three away games, grew into the match, with loan signing Martyn Waghorn providing their brighter moments.

But he was first involved in a bizarre incident on 14 minutes when, affected by the wind, he kicked the flag instead of the ball at a corner.

Referee Mark Brown insisted the corner be taken again, much to the disgust of Norwood, who was lucky not to be booked for dissent.

Marc Antoine-Fortune hit the top of the bar with a shot from Waghorn's pass after 52 minutes before Waghorn himself twice went close.

The on-loan Leicester player first hit the side-netting from close range when Fortune put him in, then blazed over from McArthur's cross.

At the other end, substitute Danny Ward grazed the side-netting with a near-post shot from Norwood's diagonal through-ball.

But Ward's introduction turned the tide in Town's favour and they began to dominate, with Clayton and Norwood coming in their own in the closing stages.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I am delighted with the win because the conditions were so tough.

"At times it looked like no one had played the game before but I thought what quality there was on show came from us.

"The game was just strange and surreal and the conditions dictated it."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"I am as happy as I can be having lost the game. Huddersfield caused us big problems but we coped very well in difficult circumstances.

"We had more chances and more possession and we restricted them to shots from long distances.

"I felt the wrong team won. If we play like that we will win more than we lose."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill
  • 03 Dixon
  • 33 Lynch Booked
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith
  • 06 Hogg
  • 08 Clayton
  • 21 Wells (Ward - 61' )
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 04 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 05 Clarke
  • 07 Scannell
  • 11 Ward
  • 13 Bennett
  • 16 Southern
  • 18 Lolley

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 24 Perch
  • 03 Crainey
  • 14 Jordi Gómez (McCann - 82' )
  • 17 Boyce
  • 25 Barnett
  • 33 Waghorn (McManaman - 71' )
  • 08 Watson
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 16 McArthur (Maynard - 88' )
  • 22 Beausejour

Substitutes

  • 04 McEachran
  • 07 McCann
  • 11 McClean
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 15 McManaman
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 29 Maynard
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 15,576

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

2 1

Corners

12 13

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +2:39

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

90:00 +2:39

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +1:18

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

89:24

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

89:24

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:58

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

87:58

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces James McArthur.

86:34

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

86:34

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

86:08

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

84:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

82:38

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

82:13

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ben Watson.

82:08

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

81:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Jordi Gómez.

80:50

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

79:42

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from more than 35 yards from a direct free kick.

79:00

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

79:00

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:13

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

75:54

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

74:30

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

74:15

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ali Al-Habsi tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

72:33

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by James McArthur.

72:08

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

70:39

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

70:39

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

70:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Martyn Waghorn.

68:45

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

67:00

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

67:00

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:35 Booking

Booking Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:07

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

66:07

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

64:52

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

64:50

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

63:13

Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:13

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

62:46

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

61:36

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

60:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Daniel Ward replaces Nahki Wells.

59:54

Attempt missed. Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McArthur.

57:50

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross following a corner.

57:17

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

57:15

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

56:16

Attempt blocked. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a headed pass.

52:47

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:47

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

50:01

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

49:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

48:45

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

48:45

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:44

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a corner.

47:24

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

47:22

Attempt blocked. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross.

46:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

45:32

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

45:00

Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:11

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

44:40

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Smith.

42:16

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce.

41:27

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Nahki Wells following a corner.

40:49

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

39:36

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:44

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

38:44

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:33

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

36:33

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

32:03

Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

31:33

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

30:57

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:57

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

29:31

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a headed pass.

28:08

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

28:08

Dangerous play by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

26:01

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

26:01

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:40

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

23:51

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Vaughan.

22:17

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

21:44

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a headed pass.

21:11

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by James McArthur.

21:06

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

20:44

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

20:06

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

20:06

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:59

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

18:59

Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:21

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Smith.

17:52

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

17:50

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross.

16:41

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

16:41

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:01

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill following a corner.

13:24

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

9:43

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

9:19

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

6:14

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:14

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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