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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Rotherham United: James Vaughan extends Millers' away woes

James Vaughan
James Vaughan's goal was his second of the season for Wigan

Wigan's James Vaughan scored the only goal as Rotherham suffered their third away defeat of the new season.

Vaughan forced the ball home after goalkeeper Marek Rodak failed to hold Callum McManaman's initial effort.

Rodak had earlier kept the Millers on level terms with a superb double stop to deny Callum Connolly and McManaman.

Ryan Williams went close to an equaliser with a low effort from Kyle Vassell's cross, but Christian Walton made a fine fingertip save.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne's plans were disrupted early when they lost defender Sean Raggett to injury, with Clark Robertson coming on his place.

After Joe Mattock blocked a goalbound effort by Connolly, Josh Windass was only inches away from an opener for Wigan when his free-kick flew just wide of the top corner.

Ryan Manning tested Walton with a 25-yard attempt just before the break and the keeper had to save again from Mattock's effort following a free-kick early in the second half.

Substitute Vaughan, though, had the decisive say as he toe-poked the ball over the line and Wigan held out fairly comfortably for all three points.

Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson said:

"It was certainly a hard-fought victory.

"Rotherham made us work tirelessly for it, as we knew they would do.

"But our lads dug in and we really earned the win."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne said:

"I'm obviously biased, but I'm also honest and I thought we were the better side in the second half.

"Against an excellent Wigan side, who played Stoke off the park last week, I'm proud of the effort and how we went toe to toe with them.

"But at the same time I'm very disappointed to come away with nothing."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21KipreBooked at 80mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 57mins
  • 26Connolly
  • 25PowellSubstituted forMcManamanat 60'minutes
  • 10WindassSubstituted forGarnerat 90+1'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVaughanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 41Garner

Rotherham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 26RaggettSubstituted forRobertsonat 19'minutes
  • 6WoodBooked at 45minsSubstituted forProctorat 77'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorBooked at 5minsSubstituted forVassellat 59'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 5Ajayi
  • 17Manning
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 38mins
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 13Towell
  • 15Robertson
  • 19Vassell
  • 22Newell
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
9,584

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Josh Windass.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.