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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Brighton

Brighton's Andrew Crofts

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.

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."

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."



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 6Rogne
  • 9Holt
  • 11McClean
  • 12Pollitt
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 16McArthur
  • 18Espinoza


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 44Lita
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

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

  6. Booking

    Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Booking

    Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).