Jordi Gomez's late penalty boosted Wigan's play-off hopes as they recorded a seventh straight win in all competitions with victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

Blackburn Rovers loanee Leon Best earlier had a spot-kick saved for the visitors by goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan were awarded their penalty on 87 minutes when Caolan Lavery tripped James Perch.

Gomez calmly converted to lift Wigan into seventh, with two games in hand.

Penalty king

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has saved eight penalties since joining the Latics in 2010

The Latics, who beat Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, are level on points with sixth-placed Reading and have lost just once in their last 11 matches.

Wednesday gave as good as they got for long periods against their lacklustre hosts and were awarded a penalty before half-time when Jacques Maghoma raced through and was taken out by Al Habsi.

The Oman goalkeeper, who the visitors believe should have been sent off, made up for his error though when he dived to his right to save Best's penalty.

Wigan improved after the break with James McClean and Callum McManaman going close as the hosts pushed for the winner.

And, after Perch was fouled by Lavery, Gomez scored a crucial winner.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"Sheffield Wednesday's was a clear penalty for me. Was it a red card? I have to say the ball had travelled away from goal, and James Perch was in a position to intercept.

"I would say no, it wasn't a red card. But I can understand Stuart being very disappointed.

"In his position, I would probably be the same."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"It was definitely a red card, definitely.

"I was thinking we had a penalty, against a substitute goalkeeper, and I couldn't believe it when the yellow card came out.

"Jacques Maghoma has got the ball, he's gone around the goalkeeper and he's wiped him out.

"I was amazed when he only got a yellow, and then he pulls off a save that stops us from taking the lead."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi Booked
  • 24 Perch
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 14 Jordi Gómez Booked
  • 17 Boyce
  • 25 Barnett
  • 16 McArthur (Powell - 54' )
  • 31 Tunnicliffe
  • 29 Maynard
  • 33 Waghorn (McManaman - 54' )
  • 11 McClean (Fortuné - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Crainey
  • 04 McEachran
  • 15 McManaman
  • 19 Powell
  • 21 Ramis
  • 32 Fortuné

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 02 Buxton
  • 17 Helan Booked
  • 35 Oshilaja (Prutton - 62' )
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 22 Palmer
  • 14 Coke
  • 42 Best (Nuhiu - 75' )
  • 25 Lavery
  • 10 Maghoma (Maguire - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Prutton
  • 13 Davies
  • 18 Maguire
  • 28 Afobe
  • 32 Llera
  • 34 Nuhiu
Ref: Andy Haines
Att: 15,039

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

4 1

Corners

11 4

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +4:35

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +4:35

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:51

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

90:00 +3:51

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

90:00 +0:33

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +0:02

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

89:24

Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:24

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

88:40

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

88:40

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

87:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

86:21

Penalty Wigan Athletic. James Perch draws a foul in the penalty area.

86:21

Penalty conceded by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:52

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

84:09

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

84:09

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

83:40

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

83:40

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

83:02

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

82:11

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

79:48

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

78:40

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

75:32

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:32

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

74:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Leon Best.

72:51

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

72:25

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

71:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Caolan Lavery.

71:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces James McClean.

70:10 Booking

Booking Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:53

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

69:53

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

67:53

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Oguchi Onyewu tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

67:01

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:01

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

64:09

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

64:09

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:31

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

62:44

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

62:44

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

61:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. David Prutton replaces Adedeji Oshilaja.

61:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire replaces Jacques Maghoma.

60:32

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

59:12

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

57:15

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

56:23

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

56:04

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

55:18

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

55:18

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

54:36

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

54:36

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

53:50

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

53:50

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:29 Substitution

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

53:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces James McArthur.

51:21

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Damián Martinez tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

50:58

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

50:58

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:33

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:58

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:27

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

47:16

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +3:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +0:28

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:33

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

44:33

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

43:09

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

43:09

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:16

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

42:12

Attempt saved. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

41:56

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

41:44

Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

40:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

40:44

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Giles Coke.

40:05 Booking

Booking Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

39:20

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

39:20

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:42

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

37:42

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:50

Penalty saved! Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top left corner.

36:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:01 Booking

Booking Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:55

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

33:42

Penalty conceded by Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

33:42

Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma draws a foul in the penalty area.

32:41

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

32:41

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:05

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

32:05

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:04

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

28:04

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

26:05

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

19:49

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

19:49

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:15

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

15:44

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

13:28

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by James McArthur.

12:33

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

10:11

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

10:11

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:27

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

3:48

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a corner.

3:29

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Giles Coke.

3:01

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

1:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Martyn Waghorn.

0:32

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:32

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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