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Birmingham City 2-3 Wigan Athletic: Latics beat Blues for first away win of season

Cedric Kipre sealed Wigan's first away win since April with the Latics' third goal at St Andrew's
Cedric Kipre sealed Wigan's first away win since April with the Latics' third goal at St Andrew's

Wigan Athletic recorded their first away win of the season to climb off the bottom of the Championship.

Kerim Mrabti cancelled out Josh Windass's early Wigan opener to tie it up 1-1 at the break.

But after being involved in a mix-up for the first goal, Gary Gardner's 50th-minute own goal put the Latics 2-1 in front.

Cedric Kipre stretched that lead to 3-1 with 73 minutes gone, only for Jacques Maghoma to give Blues hope eight minutes later.

But, following Sunday's remarkable nine-goal thriller with Leeds United, when four goals were scored in the final 10 minutes, this time there was no astonishing late comeback.

Wigan climb to 22nd, above both Barnsley and new backmarkers Luton Town, while City's fifth defeat in six games leaves them just six points clear of safety.

Kerim Mrabti scored his side's second goal in three Birmingham City games over the festive period
Kerim Mrabti scored his side's second goal in three Birmingham City games over the festive period

In one of their worst performances of the season, the blame for Blues' fourth straight home home defeat - and sixth at St Andrew's this season - pointed to a tactical move which backfired for home boss Pep Clotet, who has won just once in seven games since being confirmed as head coach.

He opted to play Gardner as a makeshift centre-back, but the midfielder was partly at fault for Wigan's first two goals.

The first came following a mix-up with Jude Bellingham, who slid into Gardner and took the ball off him, allowing Joe Williams to cross from the left for Windass to tap home - his third goal of the season - and 50th of his career in all competitions.

Blues had to thank goalkeeper Connal Trueman for keeping them in the game with four saves before they levelled against the run of play when Mrabti turned neatly in the box from Kristian Pedersen's pass and beat Kipre before firing home left-footed from a tight angle for his first goal at St Andrew's.

But after going 254 minutes without an away goal, Wigan got another when, from Lee Evans' defence-splitting pass, Windass beat the offside trap and rounded Trueman before his effort cannoned in off Gardner's thigh.

Wigan enjoyed another kind ricochet for their third when Lukas Jutkiewicz's header from Windass's corner hit Kipre on the chest and went in.

And, although Maghoma got on the end of Jutkiewicz's knockdown from Bellingham's cross to pull one back, that was as far as any escape bid went as Wigan keeper Jamie Jones parried substitute Alvaro Gimenez's header.

Blues now face fellow strugglers Luton and then Middlesbrough in two of their next three Championship games, while Wigan's next Championship fixture is at home to Bristol City on 11 January.

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet:

"We're having a bad run and we need to put our hands up for it. But there are a lot of things that give me confidence.

"This club has been struggling much more in the recent past than it is now. I have full trust in the players, but it's about getting them back mentally and fighting again because they have the right attitude.

"I'm massively confident we can turn things around. We have experience in the squad of being in bad situations. We're also scoring more goals than we were a couple of months ago."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"I feel confident we can get out of trouble. We can certainly cause most teams problems and over a season the league table doesn't lie.

"We create chances, we have got pace, energy and legs. We are on 23 points and we've got to make sure we get a points tally other teams will find hard to beat.

"If you win football games you won't be in trouble. We've just got to keep going. We've lost so many games in the last minute and stoppage time, it's untrue."

Josh Windass tapped in at the far post for Wigan's opener at St Andrew's after a mix-up between teenager Jude Bellingham and makeshift defender Gary Gardner
Josh Windass tapped in at the far post for Wigan's opener at St Andrew's after a mix-up between teenager Jude Bellingham and makeshift defender Gary Gardner

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5Colin
  • 20Gardner
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 22Bellingham
  • 34Sunjic
  • 16McEachranSubstituted forMaghomaat 61'minutes
  • 11BelaSubstituted forGiménezat 80'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forMonteroat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 2Harding
  • 7Crowley
  • 15Montero
  • 19Maghoma
  • 24Giménez
  • 26Davis

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2ByrneBooked at 87mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 33NaismithSubstituted forDunkleyat 45'minutes
  • 3Robinson
  • 8Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 9Lowe
  • 20WilliamsBooked at 51mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forRobertsat 59'minutes
  • 10Windass

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 7Pilkington
  • 11Massey
  • 14Garner
  • 18Roberts
  • 22Dunkley
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
18,616

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Wigan Athletic 3.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass tries a through ball, but Gary Roberts is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Booking

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

Jefferson Montero (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Hand ball by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Wigan Athletic 3. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jude Bellingham with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Álvaro Giménez replaces Jérémie Bela.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt blocked. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Wigan Athletic 3. Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Offside, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Jefferson Montero is caught offside.

Foul by Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt saved. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds26157443212252
2West Brom261410248282052
3Brentford26134941202143
4Nottm Forest2512763425943
5Fulham26126840301042
6Millwall26101063432240
7Sheff Wed26116937261139
8Hull2611694034639
9Preston2611693632439
10Swansea2510873130138
11Bristol City2610883940-138
12Cardiff2691073840-237
13Blackburn26106103434036
14Reading25105103328535
15QPR26105114448-435
16Middlesbrough268992632-633
17Derby257992433-930
18Birmingham2685133143-1229
19Charlton2577113436-228
20Huddersfield2677123042-1228
21Stoke2673163342-924
22Wigan2658132439-1523
23Barnsley2549123247-1521
24Luton2663173256-2421
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