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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Birmingham City: Lee Camp error gifts Latics win

Lee Camp
Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp's error fifteen minutes from time proved the difference between the teams

Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp allowed a long-range Anthony Pilkington effort to slip under his body to gift Wigan Athletic victory at the DW Stadium.

Before Camp's error, the game had looked destined for a draw, with neither side able to create any real openings.

The hosts made a promising start with Kieffer Moore having an early shot blocked and Josh Windass going close.

But Camp's error ultimately proved the difference.

Wigan, who climb two places to 17th in the Championship table, started the evening searching for only their third victory of the campaign and began brightly.

Gavin Massey found Windass, who in turn fed Moore, but his shot was blocked.

Windass then found space to shift the ball on to his left foot and force Camp into a save.

Dan Crowley shot wide with Birmingham's first effort at goal and that set the tone for the night, as the Blues failed to hit the target in 12 attempts.

Blues youngsters Odin Bailey and Jude Bellingham added energy in the second half but the visitors failed to seriously threaten as they searched for an equaliser.

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet: "Obviously Lee spoke to the lads after the game, but we are a team. Inside the dressing room we're a team when we win and we're a team when we lose. I just want the fans to back us to bounce back now.

"I understand that goalkeepers get criticism in these situations, but I don't think Lee's confidence will be affected.

"For me he's started this season well, certainly at a better level than last season. I've been very happy with all his work so far this season."

Wigan boss Paul Cook: "This win gives us such a different atmosphere around the club.

"I didn't ever think we looked like losing to be honest, but I suppose were a bit fortunate with the goal. We just have to keep going. I think that's the third clean sheet in a row at home.

"We need points on the board. I don't care who scores, but it really is a big step up to Championship level. The standard is so high. This was an important win for us, but we must keep challenging."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 3Robinson
  • 20Williams
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseySubstituted forEvansat 87'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 9LoweSubstituted forPilkingtonat 69'minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forGarnerat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 7Pilkington
  • 8Evans
  • 14Garner
  • 23Jones
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 12DeanBooked at 89mins
  • 14Clarke-SalterSubstituted forBellinghamat 83'minutes
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forMrabtiat 66'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 34Sunjic
  • 17Villalba RodrigoSubstituted forBaileyat 73'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 24Giménez

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 13Stockdale
  • 18Mrabti
  • 22Bellingham
  • 26Davis
  • 37Bailey
  • 43Bajrami
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
9,244

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Birmingham City 0.

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

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Odin Bailey (Birmingham City).

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a set piece situation.

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Lee Evans replaces Gavin Massey.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Williams.

Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jude Bellingham replaces Jake Clarke-Salter.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen with a cross.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Antonee Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kerim Mrabti.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Birmingham City 0. Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Odin Bailey replaces Fran Villalba.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Lee Camp (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Offside, Birmingham City. Álvaro Giménez tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Anthony Pilkington replaces Jamal Lowe.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Mrabti replaces Daniel Crowley.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds10622145920
2West Brom105411711619
3Nottm Forest10541159619
4Fulham105321881018
5Preston105321811718
6Swansea9531136718
7Charlton9522128417
8Sheff Wed10514159616
9Bristol City94411612416
10QPR95131414016
11Blackburn104241111014
12Hull103431413113
13Cardiff93421112-113
14Birmingham10415913-413
15Brentford932487111
16Derby92521113-211
17Wigan10325915-611
18Luton93151417-310
19Middlesbrough102441014-410
20Millwall9243712-510
21Reading102261116-58
22Huddersfield10127918-95
23Barnsley9126515-105
24Stoke10028921-122
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