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Stoke City 0-3 Wigan Athletic

Will Grigg has scored three goals in his past two games for Wigan Athletic
Will Grigg has scored three goals in his past two games for Wigan Athletic

Stoke City's winless start in the Championship continued as they were well beaten by newly promoted Wigan Athletic.

Wigan took the lead when Will Grigg poked home from Gavin Massey's low cross into the box, and they doubled their advantage when Massey finished from a tight angle.

The hosts conceded a penalty when Joe Allen brought down Grigg, who fired past Jack Butland from the spot for his second.

As the game drew to a close, Stoke were reduced to 10 men when Ashley Williams was sent off for a second yellow card after a bad tackle on Massey.

Stoke struggled for long periods and the result means they have now failed to win their past nine home league games, stretching back to last season when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Williams, meanwhile, has been sent off in two of his past three league starts, with his previous red card coming for Everton against Burnley in March.

Boos rang around the Bet365 Stadium at the final whistle after another poor performance from the Potters, who have taken just two points from a possible 12 under Gary Rowett.

Perhaps more worryingly for Rowett, his side failed to register a shot on target in the whole 90 minutes.

The hosts had in fact started well, with Benik Afobe having the ball in the net early on when he finished coolly past Christian Walton, but the flag was raised for offside.

However, Northern Ireland striker Grigg's brace and Massey's first-half goal ensured Stoke's search for a first league win since their relegation from the top flight continues.

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I'll take responsibility for that performance and I'll look at what I've done and be brave enough to say that. What I need is some of the players brave enough to say that.

"If the fans want to boo me, I'm fine with that. I can't complain about it or say they're unjustified in doing it.

"I'll be man enough to stand outside there and try and turn this thing around."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We always felt we'd have moments in the game and obviously the key moments tonight have gone our way.

"The goals were scored at good times in the game for us and when you win a game like that, everything has to fall into place.

"Stoke not scoring early in the game was massive for us."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 78mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 7InceSubstituted forBojanat 45'minutes
  • 24FletcherSubstituted forEteboat 72'minutes
  • 4AllenBooked at 56mins
  • 11McCleanBooked at 45mins
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forCrouchat 64'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 8Etebo
  • 16Adam
  • 23Martina
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 36Souttar

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12JamesBooked at 73mins
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 11Massey
  • 25PowellBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 81'minutes
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forWindassat 76'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forConnollyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Windass
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
23,158

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

    Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Crouch.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Edwards.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Connolly with a through ball.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Nick Powell.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Etebo.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

  16. Post update

    Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ashley Williams (Stoke City) for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass replaces Michael Jacobs.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds4310114710
2Middlesbrough431082610
3Bolton431063310
4Brentford422010468
5Aston Villa42209638
6Swansea42205328
7West Brom421113767
8Wigan421110737
9Blackburn41305416
10Nottm Forest41305416
11Derby420267-16
12Sheff Utd420257-26
13Bristol City41216515
14Millwall41215505
15Norwich41128804
16Hull411257-24
17Sheff Wed411257-24
18Preston411235-24
19Rotherham4103410-63
20Birmingham402224-22
21Ipswich402236-32
22Stoke402249-52
23Reading401336-31
24QPR4004213-110
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