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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Millwall: Joe Garner gives Latics final-day win

On-loan Chelsea defender Reece James was captain for the day and got a standing ovation when Wigan boss Paul Cook took him off late on
On-loan Chelsea defender Reece James was captain for the day and got a standing ovation when Wigan boss Paul Cook took him off late on

Joe Garner scored the only goal as Wigan ended their first season back in the Championship with victory over Millwall.

With both sides safe from relegation, there was a predictably flat atmosphere inside the DW Stadium.

But Garner lifted the mood with what was to prove the only goal of the game when he smashed home left-footed after Nick Powell's shot was parried by Millwall keeper David Martin.

The visitors thought they had levelled when Ryan Leonard converted from Shaun Williams' corner only for the referee to award Wigan a free-kick for a foul.

And the Lions went close again when Jake Cooper stabbed the ball goalwards only for Powell to clear off the line.

Top scorer Lee Gregory - who Millwall boss Neil Harris afterwards confirmed had played his final game for the club - forced a fine save from Wigan keeper Christian Walton, but Millwall were unable to find a way through.

Wigan, whose victories over third-placed Leeds and Preston over Easter lifted them away from danger, took off captain for the day Reece James late on, to allow the on-loan Chelsea youngster a standing ovation.

Paul Cook's side, League One champions last season, finish 18th, nine points clear of the relegation zone, with Millwall 21st, four points better off than relegated third-from-bottom side Rotherham.

Wigan manager Paul Cook:

"I'm delighted for the players, I really am. The home form's been so good, especially in the latter stages of the season. In fact, it's probably been up there with some of the teams that have made it to the play-offs.

"Unfortunately the away form - with the same players and the same habits - hasn't been as good, and that's been a challenge.

"But to end up with 52 points in this league, it's such a reward for the efforts we've put in as a group and a staff."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"I have to say I quite enjoyed the game. As a neutral, it was quite entertaining. It could have been 4-4 if both sides had taken their chances.

"We played a little bit more expansive football than we have done. I wanted the players to pass the ball a bit more than we have been doing, and I knew it would leave us open at the other end.

"I can only thank Lee Gregory for his efforts while I've been in charge. Not just his goalscoring record but his quality as a person. Hugely popular in the changing room with players and staff. We're going to miss him immensely, but he goes with our complete blessing. It would be a great signing for somebody."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 21Kipre
  • 22Dunkley
  • 30Olsson
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 12JamesSubstituted forRobertsat 90+1'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forJolleyat 64'minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 20Naismith
  • 41GarnerSubstituted forMcManamanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 29Jolley
  • 31Merrie
  • 42Perry

Millwall

  • 16Martin
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 18TunnicliffeSubstituted forSkalakat 62'minutes
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forMitchellat 78'minutes
  • 28Leonard
  • 11Ferguson
  • 9GregorySubstituted forAlexanderat 67'minutes
  • 20Morison

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 13Amos
  • 19Elliott
  • 26Skalak
  • 32McNamara
  • 42Mitchell
  • 50Alexander
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
10,859

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    David Martin (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Reece James.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Billy Mitchell (Millwall).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Jiri Skalak (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Billy Mitchell replaces Shaun Williams.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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