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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Wigan Athletic: Visitors ease relegation fears with win

Anthony Pilkington scores for Wigan against Huddersfield
Anthony Pilkington's second-half strike was his third goal in 15 league games this season

Wigan Athletic pulled three points clear from the Championship relegation zone as they defeated fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Jamal Lowe put the hosts ahead, chesting in Kiefer Moore's cross which was deflected into his path by Harry Toffolo.

There was another deflection in the build-up to the second away goal as Anthony Pilkington doubled their lead against his former club when his shot cannoned off Lewis O'Brien and into the net.

Huddersfield could not find a way through Latics goalkeeper David Marshall, who made superb saves to keep out a close-range Christopher Schindler header and a powerful Toffolo shot late on.

The result moves Wigan up to 17th in the Championship table, while the Terriers drop to 20th just one point and two places above the bottom three.

Prior to kick-off, there was pre-match applause in recognition of the National Health Service and front line workers' efforts in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, before the players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The game was one of a number of fixtures to be hit by a technical issue meaning that some fans missed the start of the match on the English Football League's iFollow streaming service.

Robinson revels in Wigan return

The visitors welcomed back defender Antonee Robinson following treatment on a heart issue.

The 22-year-old had been poised to make a seven-figure deadline day move from the Latics to Serie A side AC Milan in January, but an irregular heart rhythm showed up during his medical and he has since had further tests and treatment.

Robinson shored up the Wigan defence, which was without Chey Dunkley, Leon Balogun and Dujon Sterling, with an admirable performance and ensured the Latics kept a clean sheet.

Huddersfield's frailties exposed

Jamal Lowe scores for Wigan
Jamal Lowe's first-half strike was just his second in 38 Championship appearances this season

Before Covid-19 halted the football calendar, Wigan had turned around their form around and began to move away from the bottom three and from the threat of relegation back to the third tier for the third time in five years.

Huddersfield's situation and form - despite being ahead of their opponents - perhaps looked starker before the break, however, as they hovered above the drop zone due to their inconsistent form.

Town boss Danny Cowley described the delayed end-of-season run-in as a 'mini season' ahead of the restart, but it started badly against the Latics.

Lowe's opener and Pilkington's clinching second exposed the defensive frailties of a team which have kept just eight clean sheets from 39 games in all competitions so far this term.

In May, the club's chairman Phil Hodgkinson warned "50 or 60" clubs could go bust due to the financial impact of coronavirus and Cowley will have much to think about from his side's performance if they are to avoid the further blow of a second relegation in as many seasons.

Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're bitterly disappointed with the levels of our performance. We worked very hard in the lead up to this game and we didn't get value for our hard work and that's tough to take.

"We'll go back and watch it back but we wanted to play with power and aggression and intensity and we didn't do that. We wanted to be dynamic and we weren't.

"I don't think it's time for excuses. I don't like to make them. They're for weak people and I don't think anyone wants to hear them."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester: "The reality is it's just about the points on the board now and while clean sheets are great, the brutal reality we've got to get more points.

"I'd rather look forward than back. If we've been on a great run, it doesn't mean we're going to stay on a great run.

"The challenge for us now it train hard, recover. We've got to make sure we look after our lads and keep believing in what we're doing."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 49Lössl
  • 17SimpsonSubstituted forDuhaneyat 72'minutes
  • 12StearmanSubstituted forStankovicat 60'minutes
  • 26Schindler
  • 3Toffolo
  • 6HoggSubstituted forKingat 72'minutes
  • 39O'BrienBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKachungaat 60'minutes
  • 10Willock
  • 32Smith RoweBooked at 34minsSubstituted forPritchardat 51'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 8Chalobah
  • 9Kachunga
  • 13Coleman
  • 21Pritchard
  • 23Quaner
  • 27Stankovic
  • 29King
  • 38Duhaney
  • 41Daly

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 21Kipre
  • 6FoxSubstituted forPearceat 86'minutes
  • 3RobinsonSubstituted forNaismithat 86'minutes
  • 7PilkingtonSubstituted forJacobsat 61'minutes
  • 20Williams
  • 5MorsyBooked at 82mins
  • 19MooreSubstituted forGarnerat 86'minutes
  • 30DowellSubstituted forEvansat 75'minutes
  • 9Lowe

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 8Evans
  • 12Pearce
  • 14Garner
  • 17Jacobs
  • 23Jones
  • 27Mlakar
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

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

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Antonee Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Tom Pearce replaces Daniel Fox.

Attempt saved. Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karlan Grant.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Demeaco Duhaney (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Lee Evans replaces Kieran Dowell.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Kieran Dowell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Andy King replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Demeaco Duhaney replaces Danny Simpson.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic).

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

goal

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