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Wigan Athletic 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Josh Windass strike halts Baggies' unbeaten run

Jake Livermore.
Jake Livermore is shown his first yellow card at Wigan - he would receive a second late on as West Bromwich Albion ended the game with 10 men

Josh Windass ended West Bromwich Albion's seven-game unbeaten run to lift Wigan Athletic up to seventh in the Championship.

Summer signing Windass got the only goal 16 minutes from time.

Latching onto Nick Powell's knockdown from Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton's long clearance, he accelerated, then veered to his right past the last defender to drill low right-footed past Sam Johnstone.

Albion would have regained top spot with a point or better but failed to score in the league for only the second time this season.

Only a string of fine saves from Johnstone prevented Wigan winning by more and Albion ended with 10 men as Jake Livermore was sent off for a second yellow card late on.

After a free-scoring few weeks, this defeat would have acted as a timely reminder to Albion that promotion back to the Premier League will not be straightforward.

Paul Cook's Wigan proudly protected their own undefeated sequence - they have not lost in the league at the DW Stadium since February - and were unfortunate not to win by more.

Despite hamstring injuries keeping out Latics attackers Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs, they created several chances and limited Albion - by far the Championship's top scorers - to just one shot on target.

Albion's front duo of Dwight Gayle (eight) and Jay Rodriguez (seven) had scored more than Wigan's team (14) combined this season - but Windass levelled that statistic.

The Latics dominated a feisty game that featured nine bookings, including Livermore's pair of yellows, and Windass was denied three times by Johnstone before opening the scoring.

Johnstone also twice denied Gary Roberts, while Albion's best chance of rescuing a point saw Ahmed Hegazi's header hit the side netting late on.

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm just pleased with the performance, no matter how the game goes. As a manager I'm very much into how we perform.

"It comes on the back of the break and the worst performance under me at Preston, and it hurt. But the lads have shown what they're all about. They bounced back excellently. Everything about them was good.

"We came up against a really good West Brom side. They're in such good form, free-scoring, such a good style of play. They open you up and we had to be in tune.

"We defended really well, we were organised and always carried a threat going forward. We deserved to win but West Brom will get to where they want to be in the end."

West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore told BBC WM:

"We were in bits and pieces. It was stop start really. For the first 25 minutes we played really well, started brightly, and as they grew into it, they restructured their game plan and grew more and more into the game.

"It was a physical battle, and both teams were at it. Wigan were very good in their work rate off the ball, defended well as a team and also went up against us.

"The game was evenly balanced from that aspect, but the all-important chance fell to them and they stuck it away. It was a poor goal in our aspect,

"We were better off the ball in terms of nullifying areas, but you're never happy after a defeat."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12JamesBooked at 19mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 59mins
  • 33Burn
  • 2ByrneSubstituted forVaughanat 90+2'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 18mins
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 90'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 25PowellSubstituted forConnollyat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Vaughan
  • 15McManaman
  • 19Da Silva Lopes
  • 20Naismith
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
  • 41Garner

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 25DawsonBooked at 24minsSubstituted forAdarabioyoat 49'minutes
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5Bartley
  • 12MearsSubstituted forEdwardsat 78'minutes
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 84mins
  • 11BruntBooked at 58mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 15BarnesBooked at 48mins
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 28mins
  • 16GayleSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 28Field
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,739

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces Nathan Byrne.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Nick Powell because of an injury.

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gary Roberts.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Roberts with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Tyrone Mears.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Dwight Gayle.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nick Powell with a headed pass.

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Reece James.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ahmed Hegazi tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheff Utd138142215725
3West Brom1373331181324
4Leeds1365223111223
5Derby136341714321
6Norwich136341716121
7Blackburn135621616021
8Wigan136251516-120
9Nottm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheff Wed135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham133821412217
15Swansea134541210217
16QPR135261119-817
17Stoke134451719-216
18Bolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham133371020-1012
21Preston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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