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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Huddersfield Town: Relegation rivals play out draw

Josh Windass
Josh Windass (left) scored for the first time since the opening day of the season

Championship relegation rivals Wigan and Huddersfield played out a 1-1 draw which helped neither side's fight against the drop.

Former Huddersfield youngster Josh Windass livened up an uninspiring first half by intercepting goalkeeper Kamil Grabara's poor clearance and calmly putting the Latics ahead just before the break.

Another defensive error almost let Windass in again early in the second half, but Jon Stankovic cleared off the line after the forward had picked up Danny Simpson's weak backpass and rounded Grabara.

Karlan Grant levelled with 20 minutes to go as he whipped the ball into the top corner after turning his man just inside the box.

The Latics stay second from bottom, but they are now two points from safety after Luton and Middlesbrough both lost, while Huddersfield remain in 19th place.

With only four points separating 23rd-placed Wigan and Huddersfield four spots above them, chances were few and far between in the opening period.

Jamal Lowe had an effort blocked for Wigan before Huddersfield went up the other end almost immediately, but Grant's effort was easily saved by Jamie Jones.

And the visitors almost made them pay as substitute Steve Mounie headed powerfully past Jones, only for Jamal Lowe to clear off the line in the nick of time.

In a better second period, Lowe cleared Steve Mounie's powerful header off the line, while Wigan thought they had won it in the dying moments, but Stankovic saved them again as he got a vital touch on a Nathan Byrne's ball into the box to deny substitute Anthony Pilkington a tap-in.

Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We'll accept the outcome. We were disappointed with the process, particularly first half.

"We find it difficult at the moment to play three games in a week. In the third game, the performance suffers, partly because we aren't able to rotate with the injuries we have, but also because the physical condition of the group is not quite where we want it to be.

"Second half we saw a better performance - Karlan scores a great goal, we have a good penalty shout - it looks handball - and Steve Mounie's header got cleared off the line."

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It is what it is with us, again we're so disappointed not to see the game out.

"Fair play to the lads, we played well. Our naivety shone through especially with our shape; at this level teams like Huddersfield can punish you.

"We've got to try and get better, so have the teams around us. I think the response this week has been very good from our players."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2Byrne
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Naismith
  • 3Robinson
  • 8EvansBooked at 67mins
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseySubstituted forPilkingtonat 83'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 17Jacobs
  • 9LoweSubstituted forGarnerat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 7Pilkington
  • 14Garner
  • 15Sterling
  • 18Roberts
  • 22Dunkley
  • 29Gyollai

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 17Simpson
  • 26Schindler
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33HadergjonajBooked at 65mins
  • 8ChalobahBooked at 85mins
  • 6Hogg
  • 9Kachunga
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19KoromaSubstituted forMounieat 60'minutes
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 13Coleman
  • 24Mounie
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 37Harratt
  • 38Duhaney
  • 41Daly
  • 43High
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
10,383

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Nathan Byrne tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

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

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Booking

Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Jamal Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Anthony Pilkington replaces Gavin Massey.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karlan Grant with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Florent Hadergjonaj tries a through ball, but Steve Mounie is caught offside.

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

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

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

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town).

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

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

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