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Wigan Athletic 2-0 Walsall

A goal in either half from Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg gave second-placed Wigan Athletic a comfortable victory over Walsall.

The Latics were always on top of a rather scrappy encounter at the DW Stadium, and deserved the points.

Grigg opened the scoring with a deadly finish after Nick Powell and Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie had collided while going for Callum Elder's cross.

And Powell was also involved in the second goal when his sublime through ball released Grigg who was in the act of pulling the trigger when cleaned out by James Wilson.

Grigg picked himself up and smashed home the penalty past Liam Roberts, who had replaced Gillespie at half-time.

Wigan could and should have added further goals in the last half-hour, with Powell seeing an effort hacked off the line.

Walsall almost pulled one back at the death, only for Jamie Jones to produce a fine save to deny Amadou Bakayoko.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Burn
  • 3Elder
  • 8EvansSubstituted forPowerat 68'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 5MorsyBooked at 10mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forPerkinsat 45'minutes
  • 11Massey
  • 25PowellSubstituted forRobertsat 78'minutes
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 6Power
  • 10Toney
  • 14Bruce
  • 18Roberts
  • 24Hunt
  • 31Sarkic

Walsall

  • 1GillespieSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutes
  • 6Devlin
  • 14WilsonBooked at 52mins
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 11Morris
  • 10Oztumer
  • 2Edwards
  • 19IsmailSubstituted forAgyeiat 57'minutes
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forBakayokoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Roberts
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 23Donnellan
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 32Agyei
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
8,107

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Walsall 0.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Agyei (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Nick Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tyler Roberts.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Daniel Agyei (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kieron Morris.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by James Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by James Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Max Power replaces Lee Evans.

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

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Daniel Agyei replaces Zeli Ismail.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Walsall 0. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Wigan Athletic. William Grigg draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

James Wilson (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by James Wilson (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury119201771029
2Wigan118122061425
3Bradford117221812623
4Peterborough116232217520
5Charlton116231915420
6Blackburn10613158719
7Scunthorpe11542115619
8Rotherham116052113818
9Blackpool115331613318
10MK Dons115241111017
11Fleetwood105141818016
12Southend114431618-216
13Oxford Utd114341814415
14Bristol Rovers115061723-615
15Portsmouth114251514114
16Walsall113441520-513
17Rochdale112541013-311
18Oldham113171726-910
19Doncaster112361114-39
20Bury112361217-59
21Wimbledon11236511-69
22Northampton11227816-88
23Gillingham11146615-97
24Plymouth11128719-125
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