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Wigan Athletic 3-2 Cardiff City: Josh Windass inspires Wigan comeback against Cardiff

Gary Madine of Cardiff and Danny Fox of Wigan
Gary Madine led the line for Cardiff City after returning from his loan spell last season

Cardiff City's first game back in the Championship after Premier League relegation ended in defeat as Wigan Athletic came from behind at the DW Stadium.

Joe Ralls, who could well have seen a straight red for his early tackle, gave the Bluebirds the lead after 20 minutes, finishing through a crowd of bodies.

Wigan's Josh Windass missed a penalty early in the second half but the former Rangers midfielder set up Michael Jacobs to equalise before scoring himself minutes later to give the hosts the lead.

Former Latics striker Omar Bogle came off the bench for Neil Warnock's side to level for the visitors but Wales international Lee Evans' strike handed Wigan an opening-day win.

Chasing a record ninth promotion, Warnock would have been pleased with his side's defensive efforts in the first half, but it was all change after the break.

Windass, who caused Cardiff captain Sean Morrison problems all afternoon, drew a foul from the centre-back soon after the restart but his spot-kick hit the post.

Minutes later the Bluebirds were forced into a change when goalkeeper Neil Etheridge went down holding his hamstring, handing summer signing Joe Day a league debut.

But it was not the bow Day would have been hoping for, the former Newport shot-stopper twice had to pick the ball out of his own net within 10 minutes as Windass made amends for his penalty miss.

Bogle replaced Madine up top for Cardiff, who were missing £5.5m summer signing striker Robert Glatzel through suspension, and made an immediate impact against the team he spent last season on loan with.

However, the Latics did not drop their heads against one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, and Newport-born Lee Evans curled home a winner from 25 yards with 15 minutes remaining.

Wigan boss Paul Cook continues his impressive opening-day record, this victory his seventh in eight games. The only other ended in a draw.

For Warnock it is a first opening-day defeat outside the Premier League since 2002 and for Cardiff a first in 10 seasons in the second tier.

Wigan manager Paul Cook:

"If you'd asked me at 10 past three last Saturday - when we'd just gone 2-0 down at home against Burnley in our last pre-season friendly, and we couldn't even lift a leg - that we'd win an enthralling game like this first up, I'd have taken it.

"It was two teams who were genuinely trying to win a game of football. The game had everything and sometimes as a manager, you count yourselves fortunate when you come out the right side of a game like that.

"There were so many incidents, so many talking points, and to take all three points against such a very strong team is massive for us. Whenever you go a goal down, you'd be happy to take a point. To take all three points, you're absolutely delighted."

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock:

"It was nothing I wasn't expecting, we know exactly how tough this league is. You have to take your chances and I thought we had chances to kill the game. We didn't take them and poor defending at the other end has cost us dearly.

"They scored some cracking goals, but they were poor defending from our point of view. They were preventable goals, and that's something we have to learn from.

"I'm so disappointed because I thought it was a game we could have got three points from, never mind one."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2ByrneBooked at 90mins
  • 22Dunkley
  • 6Fox
  • 3Robinson
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forKipreat 77'minutes
  • 8Evans
  • 7PilkingtonSubstituted forLoweat 76'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 17Jacobs
  • 14GarnerBooked at 66minsSubstituted forNaismithat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lowe
  • 11Massey
  • 21Kipre
  • 23Jones
  • 24Lang
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt

Cardiff

  • 1EtheridgeSubstituted forDayat 56'minutes
  • 2Peltier
  • 5FlintBooked at 66mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 3Bennett
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8RallsBooked at 7mins
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 44mins
  • 11MurphyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWhyteat 76'minutes
  • 24MadineSubstituted forBogleat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Vaulks
  • 16Nelson
  • 20Whyte
  • 23Ward
  • 25Day
  • 27Bogle
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
12,169

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Cardiff City 2.

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Omar Bogle (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Day tries a through ball, but Aden Flint is caught offside.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Joe Garner.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gavin Whyte.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Aden Flint (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Cedric Kipre replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jamal Lowe replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gavin Whyte replaces Josh Murphy.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Cardiff City 2. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Hand ball by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Cardiff City 2. Omar Bogle (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Booking

Aden Flint (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Aden Flint (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Omar Bogle replaces Gary Madine.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Cardiff City 1. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Garner.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Cardiff City 1. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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1Sheff Wed11003123
2Wigan11003213
3Charlton11002113
4QPR11002113
5Swansea11002113
6West Brom11002113
7Barnsley11001013
8Birmingham11001013
9Millwall11001013
10Luton10103301
11Middlesbrough10103301
12Bristol City00000000
13Derby00000000
14Huddersfield00000000
15Leeds00000000
16Cardiff100123-10
17Blackburn100112-10
18Hull100112-10
19Nottm Forest100112-10
20Stoke100112-10
21Brentford100101-10
22Fulham100101-10
23Preston100101-10
24Reading100113-20
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