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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Bristol City: Nick Powell gives Latics victory

Nick Powell
Nick Powell scored his fourth goal of the season having netted in each of Wigan's opening three matches

Nick Powell's second-half header gave Wigan Athletic victory over Bristol City in the Championship.

The former Manchester United midfielder guided Josh Windass' superb ball in back across goal and into the corner past Niki Maenpaa.

After a low-quality first half during which both teams cancelled each other out, it was always likely that one goal would prove decisive and Powell's opener gave the Latics something to hold onto.

Famara Diedhiou had City's best chance of grabbing an equaliser, but his stoppage-time header from close range went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Until that point Lee Johnson's side had never seriously threatened and it had been the Latics who came closest to scoring again, but Sam Morsy and Callum Connolly both fired wide.

It was both sides' third game in six days and, for much of the match, it showed through a lack of tempo and intensity.

Wigan, promoted from League One last season, are now two points off leaders Leeds, while City drop down to sixth.

Wigan boss Paul Cook told Sky Sports: "Both teams looked like they were cancelling each other out in the first half. It wasn't a great game.

"A draw probably on the night would have been a fair result but that one moment of magic won it.

"We had a little bit of luck at the end but, while things are going for us, we're delighted.

"Nick Powell is a very special player and has the ability to change games like tonight when there's nothing in the match."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol: "I'm almost a little bit embarrassed tonight and I'm really sad to have to say that.

"We didn't play with any cohesion. We were outfought. We were outplayed and we didn't deserve to win.

"The statistics will probably tell you we had more possession but it was in the inches, it was in the desire levels.

"We have got to be better. Full stop. We'll get a bit of stick for tonight and that'll be deserved."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 5Morsy
  • 36Evans
  • 10Windass
  • 25PowellSubstituted forGibsonat 71'minutes
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forNaismithat 90+2'minutes
  • 41GarnerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forConnollyat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 4Gibson
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Da Silva Lopes
  • 20Naismith
  • 26Connolly
  • 40Evans

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Hunt
  • 22KalasSubstituted forBakerat 76'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 17Kelly
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 61'minutes
  • 21PackBooked at 85mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forWatkinsat 61'minutes
  • 9Diedhiou
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 6Baker
  • 10Taylor
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Watkins
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
10,192

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Bristol City 0.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

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

Attempt saved. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Baker with a headed pass.

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City).

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

Marley Watkins (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Michael Jacobs.

Attempt missed. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Nathan Baker (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly with a cross.

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs tries a through ball, but Josh Windass is caught offside.

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Bristol City. Adam Webster tries a through ball, but Marley Watkins is caught offside.

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Nathan Baker replaces Tomas Kalas because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Joe Garner.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Darron Gibson replaces Nick Powell.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

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

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marley Watkins replaces Jamie Paterson.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 21st September 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85301851318
2Middlesbrough8521113817
3Wigan95131411316
4Brentford8431157815
5West Brom84222012814
6Bristol City94231411314
7Sheff Utd8413129313
8Aston Villa83411412213
9Derby8413109113
10Swansea833276112
11Nottm Forest8251109111
12Norwich83231213-111
13Sheff Wed83231213-111
14Blackburn825189-111
15Bolton8323912-311
16QPR8314714-710
17Stoke82331013-39
18Rotherham8305613-79
19Hull8215913-47
20Birmingham806257-26
21Millwall8134711-46
22Reading8125913-45
23Preston8125715-85
24Ipswich8044612-64
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