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Middlesbrough 2-0 Wigan: Jordan Hugill double moves Boro up to second

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill's goals were his first in 11 league appearances for Midlesbrough

A first-half double from Jordan Hugill sent Middlesbrough back up to second in the Championship with a routine win over Wigan.

Hugill opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Cedric Kipre had brought down George Friend in the penalty area before making it 2-0 with a header from Martin Braithwaite's cross.

The Latics, playing for the first time since Hong Kong-based company International Entertainment Corporation completed their takeover of the club, improved after the break but sub Callum McManaman's fierce shot over the crossbar was as close as they came.

Norwich's late winner over Millwall meant that Boro's first league win since 19 October was not enough to send them back to the top of the table.

Boro had drawn their previous three league games but were unlikely to make it a fourth once West Ham loanee Hugill scored his second goal in six minutes just before the break.

Hugill's goals were his first in the league since scoring for Preston against Boro on 1 January and he could have scored more but for Wigan keeper Christian Walton's excellent save to deny him an early opener.

A fourth straight defeat for Paul Cook's side leaves them just four points above the relegation zone but their improved second-half showing will at least have been some consolation.

Tony Pulis' men face a trip to Brentford after the international break, while Wigan host struggling Reading.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"I was really pleased that Jordan got the two goals. What people have missed, and I've said it before, is that the lad went from Preston to West Ham and was never involved in any football at all in the Premier League.

"Then in pre-season he got an injury, so he hasn't really done anything for six months. He came here really cold, his fitness levels were nowhere near those of the rest of the group, but he's worked really hard and, in the last few games, we've seen some good signs.

"The great thing about him is that he's got that little bit of steel about him. He's a local lad and he's desperate to do well for this football club."

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook:

"You come to places like the stadium today playing against a very strong team, know you're going to have to defend and come under pressure, but from my point of view the goals we're giving away aren't coming from pressure, they're coming from individual mistakes.

"It's a sucker-punch. You can make a million excuses, but if you offer good strong teams like Middlesbrough the opportunity to gain confidence you're going to give yourself a mountain you can't climb.

"If you make individual errors, as I say with Middlesbrough, they're an excellent side, very strong all over the pitch, they'll cause you loads of problems and when they have to defend they'll defend as good as anyone."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 6Batth
  • 24FlintBooked at 61mins
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 37BesicSubstituted forSavilleat 84'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 11HugillSubstituted forAssombalongaat 69'minutes
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forWingat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 39Gestede

Wigan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Burn
  • 3Robinson
  • 2ByrneBooked at 60mins
  • 36Evans
  • 4Gibson
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 83'minutes
  • 10WindassSubstituted forMcManamanat 74'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forVaughanat 74'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 8Vaughan
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 19Da Silva Lopes
  • 20Naismith
  • 23Jones
  • 41Garner
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
22,207

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

  9. Booking

    James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. George Saville replaces Muhamed Besic.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds1786329171230
4Sheff Utd179352719830
5West Brom1784537251228
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich171881428-1411
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