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Leeds United 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Leeds striker Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack scored twice as Leeds beat managerless Wigan to move up to seventh in the Championship table.

For Wigan, who parted company with manager Owen Coyle on Monday, it was their fourth successive defeat.

McCormack bundled home his eighth goal in six matches to open the scoring before adding a second with a curling free-kick.

Will Keane had the best chances for Wigan, who were led by caretaker boss Graham Barrow.

The visitors were able to call upon England goalkeeper Scott Carson for the first time since October, after he recovered from an ankle injury and he endured a busy night of action.

He saved well from Luke Murphy before the opening goal came, when McCormack reacted quickest to Jason Pearce's header from a corner.

Keane, on loan from Manchester United, twice went close to equalising but was thwarted by Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny, who first beat him to a ricochet and then brilliantly blocked his point-blank shot.

Matt Smith went close for the home side, shooting straight at Carson, before Leeds' leading scorer McCormack scored his and Leeds second of the night.

He swung over a free-kick from the left and although Pearce reacted quickest and appeared to get the faintest of touches, replays showed the ball evaded everybody before bouncing beyond Carson and the home side comfortably held out for their fifth straight home win.

After the game Wigan confirmedexternal-link that assistant manager Sandy Stewart has left the club.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott: "We're trying to build a winning mentality. We've played better this season, but we're learning how to win together.

"Paddy made a good save at 1-0 and Ross McCormack obviously, I thought he was terrific, he led the line very well and we were solid.

"They had a lot of the ball in the second half, but I didn't think they really got behind us and two good finishes by Ross, that's it in a nutshell.

Wigan caretaker boss Graham Barrow: "The disappointing thing for me was our lack of finishing power.

"With the people we've got we should be doing better, but I can't fault the lads in how they applied themselves.

"It's been a difficult week as you can imagine, but in training I can't fault the players for effort."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Kenny
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Pugh
  • 5PearceBooked at 18mins
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 4Lees
  • 6MurphyBooked at 35mins
  • 36Mowatt
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 8Austin

Substitutes

  • 11Varney
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 24Perch
  • 16McArthur
  • 21Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 7McCann
  • 8Watson
  • 19PowellSubstituted forMcManamanat 67'minutes
  • 31KeaneSubstituted forHoltat 55'minutes
  • 22BeausejourSubstituted forMcCleanat 55'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Shotton
  • 9Holt
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Espinoza
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
25,888

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Booking

    James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester18122430181238
2QPR18115222101238
3Burnley18106229131636
4Derby1894535251031
5Reading188732720731
6Blackpool188732216631
7Leeds189272620629
8Nottm Forest187742822628
9Ipswich187562823526
10Huddersfield187562421326
11Brighton186752117425
12Watford186662724324
13Blackburn186572222023
14Wigan176471818022
15Doncaster185581728-1120
16Middlesbrough184772828019
17Birmingham185492224-219
18Bolton184771723-619
19Bournemouth185492235-1319
20Millwall184682136-1518
21Charlton184591421-717
22Yeovil1843111424-1015
23Sheff Wed172872028-814
24Barnsley1835101836-1814
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