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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Brighton

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 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.

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Post-match: Wigan boss Coyle

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."

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Oscar Garcia: Brighton head coach after win over 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."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 13Nicholls
  • 17BoyceBooked at 89mins
  • 24Perch
  • 7McCann
  • 4Shotton
  • 25Barnett
  • 33AlbrightonSubstituted forMcCleanat 65'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forHoltat 60'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 19Powell
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forJordi Gómezat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rogne
  • 9Holt
  • 11McClean
  • 12Pollitt
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 16McArthur
  • 18Espinoza

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2BrunoBooked at 27mins
  • 17WardBooked at 90mins
  • 38InceSubstituted forBridcuttat 77'minutes
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 8Crofts
  • 9Barnes
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forEl-Abdat 90+3'minutes
  • 23Conway

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 44Lita
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
14,057

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home23
Away15

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).
James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

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

Booking

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.
Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.
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.

Booking

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).
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.
Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.
Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.
Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Shotton tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.
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.
Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Callum McManaman.
Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).
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.

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.
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.
Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).
Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Marc Albrighton.
Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).
Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Grant Holt replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.
Delay in match Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.
Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).
Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

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4Blackpool16772528
5Nottm Forest16763727
6Leeds16826526
7Derby16745725
8Reading16673525
9Brighton16664524
10Watford16655623
11Wigan15645422
12Ipswich16556220
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14Blackburn16556120
15Bolton16475-419
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17Millwall16457-1217
18Middlesbrough16376016
19Doncaster15447-1016
20Birmingham16439-515
21Charlton15357-714
22Sheff Wed15186-711
23Barnsley16259-1611
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