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Wigan Athletic 3-0 Stoke City: Latics reach 50 points but Potters still in trouble

By Jay FreemanBBC Sport
Kal Naismith
Kal Naismith's first goal was a close-range effort, but he found the net again with a spectacular long-range strike shortly afterwards

Kal Naismith scored twice as Wigan Athletic extended their unbeaten run to nine games with a comfortable win over relegation-threatened Stoke City.

The Latics took the lead just before the break when Kieran Dowell's cross from an acute angle squeezed under Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

After the break, Naismith poked home from close range when Butland fumbled Jamal Lowe's delivery before he scored a sensational second from outside the box.

It was a night to forget for Stoke, who rarely looked a threat and are only one point above the relegation places with just six games remaining.

Wigan, meanwhile, maintain the record which has seen them keep a clean sheet in their past seven matches - going past more than 10 hours since they last conceded in the process.

Wigan's victory, their third in three games since the season's resumption, took them to 50 points and moved them up to 14th in the Championship.

Sam Vokes' first-half header was the closest that Stoke came to testing the hosts.

Their defeat leaves them 20th in the table, but Michael O'Neill's side have now played a game more than 21st-placed Hull and Huddersfield in 22nd - who both play later this week before the Potters return to action on Saturday.

In-form Wigan continue their impressive record

Since losing against Preston in February, the Latics have gone nine games unbeaten - the longest current run in the Championship.

Off the back of wins against Huddersfield and Blackburn since football's return, Wigan started confidently and put together an assured first-half performance, with Lowe hitting the side-netting in the early stages.

Despite losing Michael Jacobs to injury, Wigan never faltered and his replacement Naismith almost found the net in the build-up to Dowell's opener.

Naismith had not scored in 31 games in all competitions for Wigan this season before his introduction from the bench, but scored two in the space of three minutes after the break and in some style as his side cruised to a comfortable win.

Desperate Stoke staring at relegation battle

Billy McKinlay and Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill (right) has seen his Stoke side pick up only one point from their three games since the resumption of the Championship

With the season reaching its crescendo, there was little to inspire Stoke fans from this performance as O'Neill's side await their first win since the Championship returned.

With games against promotion-chasing Leeds, Brentford and Nottingham Forest still remaining, as well as positive results for Barnsley and Luton on Tuesday, Stoke needed a good performance under their belt.

Coming into the game with a five-game winless run on their travels, however, they struggled to gain a foothold against a team which had looked like they would join them in a relegation battle not so long ago.

The hosts were camped in Stoke's half for much of the match and the visitors rarely managed to hold on to possession, with Butland at fault for the first two goals.

Naismith's stunning second goal midway through the second half ended the visitors' slim chances of getting back into the game.


Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook: "Credit to the players, they started the game on the front foot, they created chances and managed the game well.

"After three months out, they seem to have quickly come quite far and it's great as a manager to stand on the sidelines and see that.

"Every game in this division is a challenge and these lads are meeting that challenge head on.

"One more win will put us in a great position in the league. I feel 53 points will be a mountain for anybody to get above us that's down there, but we have to get that other win."

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill: "You have to be told the truth, which they have been in no uncertain terms. Hopefully that will resonate with them and they will react to that.

"At the end of the day, these players are in a very good situation at this club and they owe the club a lot more than they did tonight.

"I told them they should hang their heads in shame given the performance tonight."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 21Kipre
  • 37Balogun
  • 3Robinson
  • 20WilliamsBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGelhardtat 89'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forNaismithat 32'minutes
  • 30DowellSubstituted forEvansat 80'minutes
  • 9LoweSubstituted forMasseyat 80'minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forGarnerat 89'minutes


  • 6Fox
  • 8Evans
  • 11Massey
  • 12Pearce
  • 14Garner
  • 23Jones
  • 27Mlakar
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 37CollinsBooked at 51minsSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 17ShawcrossSubstituted forChesterat 71'minutes
  • 6Batth
  • 3WardBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMartins Indiat 69'minutes
  • 34ThompsonBooked at 3minsSubstituted forGregoryat 56'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 7InceSubstituted forCampbellat 56'minutes
  • 22Clucas
  • 11McClean
  • 9Vokes


  • 12Chester
  • 14Smith
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 16Davies
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 26Campbell
  • 33Sørensen
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Stoke City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Cousins (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrese Campbell.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Joe Williams.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces Jamal Lowe.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Lee Evans replaces Kieran Dowell.

As It Stood

2West Brom391914664382671
5Nottm Forest391713952401264
12Bristol City391510145358-555
13Sheff Wed391410154951-252
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