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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells has scored seven goals in all competitions for Huddersfield this season.

Nahki Wells scored a late winner as Huddersfield Town beat Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic.

Wigan, looking for a first win in seven games, tried to take the game to their high-flying opponents early on.

Both teams struggled to produce anything of quality in a game that looked destined to end goalless.

But when Elias Kachunga struck from distance, goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen could only parry the ball and Wells reacted first to net from six yards.

The high-flying Terriers went into the game looking to avenge Wigan's 2-1 triumph at the John Smith's Stadium back in November, while the home side were in search of vital points in their fight against the drop.

Following a first-half with few chances, there was a flashpoint at the start of the second when Wigan's Yanic Wildschut raced clear and appeared to be hauled down by last man Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, but he was only shown a yellow card.

Wigan threw on Ryan Colclough, recalled from a loan spell at MK Dons, as they pushed for victory, but ended up with nothing when Jaaskelainen was unable to hold on to Kachunga's speculative strike.

Wells followed in to convert the winner 10 minutes from time, having also rescued his side three days earlier when he netted an injury-time equaliser against Blackburn.

Huddersfield remain fourth in the table, while Wigan are six points from safety in 23rd place.

Wigan boss Warren Joyce:

"It's certainly not a happy new year, no. It's a sickener, it's floored the lads - it's floored myself really.

"But things happen in life like that, and you've got to get on with it.

"It would be more disheartening if there weren't any performances going on. I think that's the positive we have to take from this.

"If we are going to get out of the situation we're in, we've got to be able to play well."

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner:

"We had a fighting attitude and we were also patient, which is very important against a team like Wigan who have a threat on the counter.

"We had the right balance behind the ball, to avoid the counters, but technically we weren't quite there.

"In the second half, when we had a little bit more space, we created some moments and Nakhi put one of them into the net. This is why we deserved the result at the end."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 6Power
  • 33Burn
  • 3BuxtonSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forLe Fondreat 85'minutes
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17JacobsBooked at 68mins
  • 9Grigg
  • 25PowellSubstituted forColcloughat 76'minutes
  • 31Wildschut

Substitutes

  • 11Le Fondre
  • 15Flores
  • 21Davies
  • 27Colclough
  • 29Burke
  • 34Whitehead
  • 40Evans

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 14Cranie
  • 5Hudson
  • 27StankovicBooked at 77mins
  • 12Holmes-DennisBooked at 55mins
  • 8BillingBooked at 12minsSubstituted forWhiteheadat 66'minutes
  • 10MooyBooked at 45mins
  • 9Kachunga
  • 16PayneSubstituted forHefeleat 90+1'minutes
  • 11BunnSubstituted forLolleyat 59'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 4Whitehead
  • 13Coleman
  • 15Löwe
  • 18Lolley
  • 44Hefele
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
13,480

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home4
Away5
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Michael Hefele replaces Jack Payne.

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Jake Buxton.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Adam Le Fondre replaces Shaun MacDonald.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Booking

Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Colclough replaces Nick Powell.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Booking

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Dean Whitehead replaces Philip Billing.

Foul by Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Harry Bunn.

Booking

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton24166240152554
2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2414463632446
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15Ipswich2587102529-431
16Wolves2578103234-229
17QPR2585122436-1229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
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