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Wigan Athletic 1-3 Derby County

Wigan v Derby

Derby County scored three times in the opening 29 minutes to beat Wigan Athletic and move up to fifth position in the Championship.

Scotland international midfielder Craig Bryson powered home a 20-yard free kick early on before Tottenham loanee Simon Dawkins pounced on a defensive error.

Steve McClaren's side sealed the win when Chris Martin converted a penalty after he was fouled by James McClean.

Nick Powell's header reduced the deficit but Derby claimed the victory.

The Latics have now lost three consecutive games including a 2-1 defeat to SV Zulte Waregem in the Europa League on Thursday.

Wigan were never in this contest as confident Derby took the game to the hosts from the off and were rewarded when Bryson's superbly-placed set piece beat Lee Nicholls.

The Wigan keeper picked the ball out of his own net again 12 minutes later when Dawkins collected a loose ball from Ben Watson's error before finishing well.

Richard Keogh headed wide from another Bryson free kick for Derby, who continued to dominate, before Martin's ninth goal of the season put the league's top scorers further in front.

Wigan could have reduced the arrears moments before the break when Stephen Crainey's free kick came back off the crossbar.

But after being jeered off at half-time and bringing on Grant Holt and Roger Espinoza, Wigan improved in the second 45 minutes.

They scored immediately through Powell's header, his sixth goal of the campaign, from Emmerson's Boyce cross and had numerous chances to set up a grandstand finish.

Jake Buxton sliced a clearance against his own bar from Holt's cross before Lee Grant made a fine save to keep out on-loan Manchester United midfielder Powell's volley.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle on the club's fans:

"The expectation can only come from being in the Premier League because it's not as if Wigan Athletic have been winning games every week for four or five years, far from it.

"If people want to be ultra critical that's the nature of football these days. I'm old enough to deal with that. If they think there's something better that's all well and good."

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"I've played many Sunday games after Europe and they are so hard.

"Normally you play the first half to get to the second half, that's what we call it. So we said we have to play a high tempo first half, squeeze, press, and the team did that.

"I think we took Wigan by surprise and the goals were terrific, the football was terrific and we controlled the game from start to finish."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 3Crainey
  • 16McArthurBooked at 74mins
  • 21Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 11McCleanBooked at 45mins
  • 8WatsonBooked at 33minsSubstituted forEspinozaat 45'minutes
  • 19PowellBooked at 2mins
  • 31KeaneSubstituted forHoltat 45'minutes
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forFortunéat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 4Shotton
  • 7McCann
  • 9Holt
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 18Espinoza
  • 32Fortuné

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1GrantBooked at 90mins
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14EustaceBooked at 58minsSubstituted forHendrickat 62'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 25Buxton
  • 4Bryson
  • 19HughesSubstituted forCisséat 85'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 32DawkinsBooked at 60mins
  • 11RussellSubstituted forBennettat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 16Davies
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 26Legzdins
  • 34Cissé
  • 35Keane
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
15,097

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home22
Away23

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Derby County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Derby County 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Powell with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Crainey with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McArthur.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Crainey following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kalifa Cissé (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

  18. Post update

    Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Kalifa Cissé replaces Will Hughes.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st December 2013

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester17122329161338
2Burnley17105229131635
3QPR1710521910935
4Blackpool178722215731
5Derby178453324928
6Reading177732620628
7Nottm Forest177642620627
8Leeds178272420426
9Brighton176742015525
10Watford176562724323
11Ipswich176562522323
12Huddersfield176562321223
13Blackburn176562119223
14Wigan166461816222
15Middlesbrough174762726119
16Bolton174761722-519
17Bournemouth175482232-1019
18Doncaster175481627-1119
19Birmingham175392123-218
20Charlton174581420-617
21Millwall174581934-1517
22Yeovil1733111324-1112
23Sheff Wed161871827-911
24Barnsley1725101635-1911
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