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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Watford

Martyn Waghorn
Martyn Waghorn

Martyn Waghorn's second-half goal against Watford earned Wigan a ninth win in 10 matches to strengthen the Latics' play-off chances.

Lewis McGugan drove the Hornets in front from 12 yards in the 36th minute.

Four minutes later, Ivan Ramis picked out Jean Beausejour and, after Manuel Almunia saved the Chilean's volley, the Wigan man converted the rebound.

Waghorn then turned in James McArthur's scuffed shot just before the hour to give Uwe Rosler's side the victory.

Wigan are now five points clear of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest with a game in hand.

Watford have failed to win in their last 14 away matches but moved in front when McGugan finished from Gabriele Angella's pass.

Beausejour pulled his team level when he turned in after Almunia had saved his first effort.

On-loan Leicester forward Waghorn then scored his third goal in eight appearances for the Latics when he collected McArthur's mis-hit shot to score from the edge of the area.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

"We had the majority of the possession and far more attempts on goal.

"I felt we were very unfortunate to go a goal down, but we had to sort out one of two things defensively.

"We didn't panic when we went 1-0 down; we carried on playing and I felt we had chances in the second half to kill the game off completely."

Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino:

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Post-match: Watford coach Chamberlain

"When I lose I am always disappointed but I can say my lads gave everything in terms of effort, spirit and commitment.

"Let's not forget we were playing a very good side and we gave a good account of ourselves.

"I can see some positives from the performance. The lads showed me something more."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 22Beausejour
  • 30KiernanSubstituted forRogneat 79'minutes
  • 17Boyce
  • 21Ramis
  • 16McArthur
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33WaghornBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCollisonat 61'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forPowellat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 6Rogne
  • 15McManaman
  • 19Powell
  • 29Maynard
  • 31Tunnicliffe
  • 34Collison

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 18Pudil
  • 4Angella
  • 27Cassetti
  • 5BelkalemSubstituted forEkstrandat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 28TözsérBooked at 58mins
  • 10McGuganSubstituted forDiakitéat 81'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9Deeney
  • 21Anya
  • 7Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 6Ekstrand
  • 8Merkel
  • 12Doyley
  • 23Diakité
  • 29Neill
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,556

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Watford 1.

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Collison.

Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Booking

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

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

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Attempt blocked. Samba Diakité (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

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

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Samba Diakité (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Samba Diakité (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Samba Diakité replaces Lewis McGugan.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Thomas Rogne replaces Robert Kiernan because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Joel Ekstrand replaces Essaïd Belkalem.

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

Attempt missed. Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces James McClean.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Collison.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jack Collison replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Watford 1. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McArthur.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester36256569343581
2Burnley372113362313176
3Derby37199965432266
4QPR37199946321466
5Wigan361881050351562
6Reading3716111058421659
7Nottm Forest37141585546957
8Brighton361511103930956
9Ipswich371412114842654
10Blackburn361311124445-150
11Bournemouth371310144552-749
12Watford3612121253431048
13Leeds36138155052-247
14Middlesbrough371015124541445
15Sheff Wed371112144643345
16Huddersfield37128174751-444
17Bolton37914144854-641
18Blackpool371011163252-2041
19Doncaster371010173354-2140
20Birmingham37910184453-937
21Charlton34711162544-1932
22Millwall37711193364-3132
23Yeovil37710203557-2231
24Barnsley36611193163-3229
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