Wigan survived a late onslaught to win for the fifth time in six games with victory at Brighton's Amex Stadium.

James McArthur gave the Latics the lead when he struck a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Chris McCann doubled the lead after the break with a 12-yard header from Martyn Waghorn's inswinging corner.

Leonardo Ulloa reduced the deficit in the 78th minute with a close-range strike, while Brighton's Jonathan Obika and Andrea Orlandi also went close.

Victory took seventh-placed Wigan to within a point of a play-offs with their hosts three points adrift in eighth.

Brighton were on top early in the game and David Rodriguez should have hit the target after Dale Stephens played the ball across the six-yard box, before Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi did well to block a goalbound shot from Ulloa.

The Latics then had another lucky escape when Stephens rose unchallenged and put a firm header just over from Stephen Ward's cross.

A mistake by former England international defender Matthew Upson led to Wigan breaking the deadlock on 21 minutes through McArthur, who burst through before beating Kuszczak.

Midfielder McCann increased the lead five minutes after the break, when he ran across the penalty spot to head in Waghorn's delivery.

Brighton piled on the pressure with Orlandi driving a shot into the side-netting, before Rodriguez sent a glancing header wide.

Ulloa finally made it 2-1 when Upson headed back Orlandi's corner and the home side almost snatched a draw but Ali Al-Habsi was at his best to deny substitute Obika.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"This was a big win for us and it is dedicated to Ben Watson, who broke his leg in midweek.

"He had his operation on Friday and the reaction of the players to his injury was first class.

"They showed will power to get that win and not to get beaten.

"For the last 15 minutes it was backs to the wall and fortunately lady luck was on our side."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"We had 20 chances yet we only scored one goal. Wigan had two chances and scored two goals.

"We should have scored more than two for sure; we fully deserved to win. We dominated the whole game.

"I can take positives from the performance, but what is less positive is that we need to be more clinical in front of goal."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward (Lua Lua - 70' )
  • 06 Stephens
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 21 D. López (Obika - 76' )
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez (Buckley - 59' )
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 19 Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dunk
  • 14 Calderón
  • 22 Obika
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 30 Buckley

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 17 Boyce
  • 22 Beausejour Booked
  • 04 McEachran (Jordi Gómez - 59' )
  • 21 Ramis
  • 25 Barnett
  • 33 Waghorn (Espinoza - 73' )
  • 07 McCann
  • 29 Maynard
  • 16 McArthur
  • 11 McClean (Perch - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Holgersson
  • 03 Crainey
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 24 Perch
  • 32 Fortuné
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 27,490

Match Stats

Shots

23 7

On target

6 2

Corners

10 4

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +3:10

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

90:00 +3:10

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:31

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

90:00 +1:25

Attempt blocked. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris McCann.

90:00 +0:45

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

89:18

Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

87:49

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

86:59

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno.

85:45

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

85:34

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

85:34

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

85:10

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

84:24

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

83:23

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a cross.

81:57

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

80:34

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

80:34

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:49

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley.

79:23 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

77:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

77:49

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross following a corner.

77:30

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James McArthur.

76:53

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:53

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

75:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces David López.

75:22

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

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Martyn Waghorn.

71:36

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Stephen Ward.

63:40

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

58:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces David Rodríguez.

58:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Joshua McEachran.

57:52

Attempt missed. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David López with a cross.

56:37

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:11

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross following a corner.

52:50

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

52:39

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

52:06

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

51:27

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

49:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Wigan Athletic 2. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a corner.

48:55

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.

47:22

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

46:12

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

46:10

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Perch replaces James McClean.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

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

45:00 +0:36

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

40:33

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

37:47

Attempt blocked. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David López.

35:14

Attempt blocked. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David López.

34:36

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

34:05

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

34:05

Dangerous play by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

33:17

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

33:17

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

32:04

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

30:13

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

30:13

Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:11

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

25:11

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

24:19

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

24:19

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

22:31

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

20:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Wigan Athletic 1. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

18:39

Attempt saved. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Rodríguez with a cross.

18:03

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

14:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:41

Delay in match Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

12:06

Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:06

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

11:26

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

10:30

Hand ball by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

10:14

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by David López.

9:50

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

8:34

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

8:34

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

7:08

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

7:08

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

6:31

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David López.

2:59

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

2:00

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

2:00

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

0:54

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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