Wigan Athletic 4-0 Birmingham City

Callum McManaman celebrates
Callum McManaman has now scored four goals for Wigan this season

Winger Callum McManaman's first-half double helped Wigan to a comfortable Championship win against Birmingham.

The hosts were 3-0 up by half-time, with McManaman netting first with a fine solo run and finish.

Andrew Taylor fired in a second in off the post, and after McManaman scored again from 15 yards, sub Martyn Waghorn completed the victory from close range.

James McArthur played the full 90 minutes for the Latics following the collapse of a £7m move to Leicester.

The Scotland midfielder was instrumental throughout, providing the assist for Taylor's stunning second past Darren Randolph.

James McArthur
James McArthur (left) started for Wigan after a proposed move to Leicester fell through

After a slow start to the campaign, Uwe Rosler's Wigan have now won consecutive home games, while Lee Clark's Blues are yet to win away from home in the league this term.

The home side dominated the contest from start to finish and could have won more convincingly as Oriol Riera, McArthur, McManaman and Waghorn all went close.

Substitite Shaun Maloney set up Wigan's fourth goal shortly after coming off the bench, crossing for former Leicester man Waghorn to find the net from four yards, while defender Emmerson Boyce was denied a fifth by a flying save from Randolph.

Birmingham were unable to find a consolation in the closing minutes, with Paul Caddis and Clayton Donaldson both denied by Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Earlier, young defender Rob Kiernan had blocked a Caddis effort on the edge of the box and Donaldson headed straight at Carson.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

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Rosler on Wigan v Birmingham

"It was a perfect follow-up from the Blackpool game - a mirror image. The one big difference was this time we made the goalkeeper work. We were clinical.

"It was collectively a very strong performance, and it's nice to sign off for a two-week break with back-to-back wins.

"We know we can score goals and we showed that today."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"Everything's that's been good about us has been flipped on its head today.

"The hard-working and powerful team that everyone has been talking about wasn't there.

"The scoreline doesn't flatter Wigan at all. That was the difference between the two teams. It was like chalk and cheese.

"We didn't stick to what we've been doing really well. All in all it was a really horrible day for us."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 4RamisSubstituted forBarnettat 45'minutes
  • 30Kiernan
  • 24PerchBooked at 36mins
  • 14Huws
  • 19Cowie
  • 16McArthur
  • 3A Taylor
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forMaloneyat 76'minutes
  • 9Riera MagemSubstituted forWaghornat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 10Maloney
  • 18Espinoza
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 6Edgar
  • 15Hall
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 10mins
  • 31Caddis
  • 8GleesonSubstituted forDuffyat 45'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 11CotterillBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGrayat 69'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 12NovakSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 7Duffy
  • 10Thomas
  • 16Johnstone
  • 17Reilly
  • 21Doyle
  • 33Gray
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
11,708

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Foul by Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Edgar.

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

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney replaces Callum McManaman.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Emyr Huws.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces David Cotterill.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Oriol Riera.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James McArthur.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Spector.

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

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Scott Carson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James Perch tries a through ball, but Oriol Riera is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt saved. Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest5410113813
2Watford5401136712
3Wolves540162412
4Norwich531183510
5Millwall531163310
6Charlton52309729
7Derby52219548
8Brentford52216428
9Cardiff52216428
10Sheff Wed52215418
11Bournemouth52129637
12Wigan52128537
13Brighton52126517
14Blackburn5212810-27
15Reading521258-37
16Middlesbrough52036606
17Rotherham520325-36
18Leeds520338-56
19Ipswich512256-15
20Birmingham512249-55
21Huddersfield5113613-74
22Bolton5014410-61
23Fulham5014310-71
24Blackpool500539-60
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