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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic's James McArthur

Wigan survived a late onslaught to win for the fifth time in six games with victory at Brighton's Amex Stadium.

James McArthur gave the Latics the lead when he struck a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Chris McCann doubled the lead after the break with a 12-yard header from Martyn Waghorn's inswinging corner.

Leonardo Ulloa reduced the deficit in the 78th minute with a close-range strike, while Brighton's Jonathan Obika and Andrea Orlandi also went close.

Victory took seventh-placed Wigan to within a point of a play-offs with their hosts three points adrift in eighth.

Brighton were on top early in the game and David Rodriguez should have hit the target after Dale Stephens played the ball across the six-yard box, before Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi did well to block a goalbound shot from Ulloa.

The Latics then had another lucky escape when Stephens rose unchallenged and put a firm header just over from Stephen Ward's cross.

A mistake by former England international defender Matthew Upson led to Wigan breaking the deadlock on 21 minutes through McArthur, who burst through before beating Kuszczak.

Midfielder McCann increased the lead five minutes after the break, when he ran across the penalty spot to head in Waghorn's delivery.

Brighton piled on the pressure with Orlandi driving a shot into the side-netting, before Rodriguez sent a glancing header wide.

Ulloa finally made it 2-1 when Upson headed back Orlandi's corner and the home side almost snatched a draw but Ali Al-Habsi was at his best to deny substitute Obika.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"This was a big win for us and it is dedicated to Ben Watson, who broke his leg in midweek.

"He had his operation on Friday and the reaction of the players to his injury was first class.

"They showed will power to get that win and not to get beaten.

"For the last 15 minutes it was backs to the wall and fortunately lady luck was on our side."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"We had 20 chances yet we only scored one goal. Wigan had two chances and scored two goals.

"We should have scored more than two for sure; we fully deserved to win. We dominated the whole game.

"I can take positives from the performance, but what is less positive is that we need to be more clinical in front of goal."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17WardSubstituted forLua Luaat 70'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted forObikaat 76'minutes
  • 9Rodríguez SánchezSubstituted forBuckleyat 59'minutes
  • 11Orlandi
  • 19Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 14Calderón
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 30Buckley

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 17Boyce
  • 22BeausejourBooked at 80mins
  • 4McEachranSubstituted forGómez García-Pencheat 59'minutes
  • 21Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forEspinozaat 73'minutes
  • 7McCann
  • 29Maynard
  • 16McArthur
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forPerchat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Holgersson
  • 3Crainey
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 18Espinoza
  • 24Perch
  • 32Fortuné
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
27,490

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris McCann.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

As It Stood

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2Burnley321712350262463
3Derby32187760402061
4QPR31168737251256
5Nottm Forest321413553351855
6Reading321481050371350
7Wigan31147103729849
8Brighton31121093327646
9Blackburn31121093835346
10Ipswich32111294337645
11Leeds31127124339443
12Watford321012104439542
13Middlesbrough32913104136540
14Huddersfield32117144044-440
15Sheff Wed31812113838036
16Birmingham3299143941-236
17Bournemouth3199133751-1436
18Blackpool32811132944-1535
19Bolton32712133749-1233
20Doncaster3279162848-2030
21Millwall32610163160-2928
22Charlton2969142438-1427
23Barnsley31511153051-2126
24Yeovil3167182747-2025
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