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Preston North End 4-0 Wigan Athletic: North End off bottom with big win

Callum Robinson celebrates scoring for Preston against Wigan
Callum Robinson celebrates scoring the first of his two goals for Preston against Wigan

Callum Robinson scored twice as Preston impressively beat Wigan at Deepdale to move off the bottom of the Championship and end a 10-game winless run.

Tom Barkhuizen fired home the opener after neat build-up play in the first half.

He then turned provider just after the break, creating space for Daniel Johnson to play in Robinson who slotted home.

Wigan's task became huge moments later when former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson was sent off for a bad tackle on Ben Pearson.

Victory was sealed with a few minutes left, Paul Gallagher scoring a penalty after Lukas Nmecha was fouled in the box, before Robinson turned in Sean Maguire's pull-back to make it 4-0 deep into injury time.

Victory was not quite enough to lift North End out of the relegation zone, with Reading just above them on goal difference.

Wigan drop to 10th following their fifth defeat in 12 league games this season.

Preston manager Alex Neil said:

"It's obviously pleasing to score four goals but we have been scoring regularly, the most pleasing thing for me is the clean sheet.

"Minutes on the pitch are crucial for Sean Maguire and I think he showed in the build-up to the fourth goal why he is such an important player for us.

"He will go away with the Republic of Ireland now and they have said they will make sure he doesn't do too much - they have been top class with us.

"Everyone will go home a lot happier tonight and it means we will be going in to the international break in much better spirits."

Wigan manager Paul Cook said:

"I have to be careful what I say because emotions are raw just after full-time.

"We are disappointed but the best team won and that really is the disappointment because it is maybe the lowest point I have had at the club.

"The players have been fantastic to date but that was an all-time low.

"Irrespective of the sending-off, Preston were a lot better than us and fully deserved the win."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 2Fisher
  • 5Clarke
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 30mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forGallagherat 75'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forMaguireat 75'minutes
  • 8BrowneBooked at 41mins
  • 7RobinsonBooked at 40mins
  • 45NmechaSubstituted forDaviesat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 6Davies
  • 9Moult
  • 12Gallagher
  • 21Barker
  • 24Maguire

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 4GibsonBooked at 56mins
  • 5Morsy
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forGarnerat 69'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forBurnat 45+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10WindassBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 69'minutes
  • 9GriggBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 33Burn
  • 36Evans
  • 41Garner
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
15,280

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 4, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 4, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Goal!

Own Goal by Dan Burn, Wigan Athletic. Preston North End 4, Wigan Athletic 0.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ben Davies replaces Lukas Nmecha.

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Wigan Athletic 0. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha draws a foul in the penalty area.

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Daniel Johnson.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Josh Windass.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Michael Jacobs.

Booking

William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by William Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd128132113825
2West Brom1273231171424
3Leeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottm Forest124711713419
6Brentford124622014618
7Derby125341513218
8Norwich125341515018
9Blackburn124621415-118
10Swansea12453129317
11Wigan125251416-217
12Bristol City114431512316
13Sheff Wed114431717016
14Stoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton124351015-515
17Birmingham122821312114
18QPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston122371824-69
23Ipswich121651118-79
24Hull122281019-98
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