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Ipswich Town 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Freddie Sears goal gives Paul Lambert first win

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Paul Lambert had previously overseen two draws and four defeats since replacing Paul Hurst

Paul Lambert picked up his first win as Ipswich boss as the Championship's bottom side edged past Wigan for their first home victory since April.

Forward Freddie Sears scored the winner with his fifth goal in seven games, his shot in the box deflecting past Latics keeper Christian Walton.

It was the home side's only shot on target in a poor match, with Wigan earlier hitting the bar through Reece James' drive from 18 yards.

Paul Cook's visitors pushed for a leveller but Callum Connolly headed over and Dean Gerken tipped a James free-kick wide.

Ipswich's second victory of the season moves them four points behind second-bottom Bolton and five from safety, with none of the six sides above them winning.

Wigan, meanwhile, stay 16th and have lost eight of their past nine away league matches.

The away side had the ball in the back of the net in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, but a foul was given for a challenge on Ipswich goalkeeper Gerken.

They had 16 shots to the home side's three but could only test Gerken on two occasions as Josh Windass was particularly wasteful in the first half.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"It was brilliant - that was probably the best since I've been here, for different reasons.

"First half I thought we were dominant with the ball but the conditions were horrendous - the wind spoiled the game.

"You can tell by the atmosphere in the stadium, this doesn't feel like a football club that's at the bottom of the table."

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Everyone will have their own opinion on the game but I didn't think we were ever in danger of losing the game, that's for sure.

"We've got a pattern of away results now that are very disappointing, but it's a tough league.

"It was two honest teams having a good go at each other in a really poor day for football - so the game was never going to be a good game."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 12Spence
  • 4ChambersBooked at 73mins
  • 5Pennington
  • 3Knudsen
  • 6ChalobahBooked at 49mins
  • 21DownesSubstituted forDozzellat 72'minutes
  • 36LankesterSubstituted forEdwardsat 62'minutes
  • 11Nolan
  • 20Sears
  • 19RobertsBooked at 84minsSubstituted forJacksonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Edwards
  • 9Jackson
  • 15Bishop
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23Dozzell
  • 30Kenlock
  • 33Bialkowski

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33BurnBooked at 90mins
  • 26ConnollyBooked at 50mins
  • 2ByrneSubstituted forMcManamanat 80'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 18Roberts
  • 10WindassSubstituted forGarnerat 71'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVaughanat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 8Vaughan
  • 11Massey
  • 15McManaman
  • 22Dunkley
  • 23Jones
  • 41Garner
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,640

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Booking

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

Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Jordan Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Connolly.

Attempt saved. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

Attempt saved. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

Booking

Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town).

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Nathan Byrne.

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Freddie Sears.

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

Booking

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Andre Dozzell replaces Flynn Downes.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Josh Windass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Roberts.

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich22135440261444
3West Brom22116546311539
4Sheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea229582724332
10Birmingham2271053227531
11Stoke2271052927231
12Blackburn2271052933-431
13QPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston227783537-228
16Wigan2274112330-725
17Hull2266102330-724
18Sheff Wed2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich2228121837-1914
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