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

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.

Reaction

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."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Stoke

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 12Chester
  • 14Smith
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 16Davies
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 26Campbell
  • 33Sørensen
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

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

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

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Joe Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

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

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

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

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.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

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

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces Jamal Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Lee Evans replaces Kieran Dowell.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. James Chester replaces Ryan Shawcross.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Tommy Smith replaces Nathan Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Bruno Martins Indi replaces Stephen Ward.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Stoke City 0. Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.

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

Foul by Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Stoke City 0. Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Collins with a cross.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Antonee Robinson tries a through ball, but Jamal Lowe is caught offside.

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

Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Lee Gregory replaces Jordan Thompson.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds40229960332775
2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford402091170333769
4Fulham4019101154441067
5Nottm Forest391713952401264
6Cardiff40151695751661
7Preston39169145249357
8Swansea401415115047357
9Derby391512125452257
10Blackburn401511145550556
11Millwall401317104744356
12Bristol City391510145358-555
13Sheff Wed391410154951-252
14Wigan401311164550-550
15QPR40148185966-750
16Reading401310174848049
17Birmingham391213145160-949
18Charlton401210184654-846
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke40127215061-1143
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield39119194663-1742
23Barnsley401011194562-1741
24Luton40117224673-2740
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