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Wigan Athletic 2-3 Northampton Town

A grandstand finish was not enough to secure a point for Wigan as Northampton edged a League One thriller 3-2.

Visitors Northampton - who had lost each of their five visits to Wigan's home since 1999 - took the lead in the 13th minute.

It was former Wigan academy starlet Ryan Watson who got the last touch, with Jamie Jones unable to get across in time.

It was 2-0 just eight minutes later, with Sam Hoskins taking advantage of some poor defending to walk through the middle before slotting into the net.

Credit must go to Wigan for their response in the second half, and it was game on when Tom Pearce was tripped in the box in the 63rd minute.

Skipper Joe Garner made no mistake from the spot, but the visitors took only three minutes to re-establish their two-goal advantage.

Chris Merrie gave the ball away cheaply, and he was punished as Caleb Chukwuemeka made no mistake from inside the area.

Still Wigan refused to throw in the towel, and Tom James made it 3-2 with a brilliant header from Pearce's left-wing cross.

And it was almost 3-3 with five minutes to go, when Scotland Under-19s striker Kyle Joseph - off the bench for his league debut - turned sharply before seeing his low shot come back off the post.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jones
  • 19CrankshawBooked at 13minsSubstituted forObiat 22'minutes
  • 27James
  • 32Long
  • 3PearceBooked at 77mins
  • 24Perry
  • 23Merrie
  • 12Palmer
  • 30AasgaardSubstituted forJosephat 73'minutes
  • 15Gardner
  • 14GarnerBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 20Obi
  • 22Joseph
  • 25Evans
  • 26Jolley
  • 28Baningime
  • 34Robinson
  • 99McHugh

Northampton

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 13MitchellBooked at 90mins
  • 5Bolger
  • 6Horsfall
  • 44Sheehan
  • 4SowerbyBooked at 81mins
  • 2Harriman
  • 8Watson
  • 7Hoskins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forMarshallat 68'minutes
  • 29RoseSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 61'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forRacicat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 11Korboa
  • 15Racic
  • 19Roberts
  • 27Missilou
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 45Marshall
Referee:
Josh Smith

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Northampton Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Northampton Town 3.

  3. Booking

    Jonathan Mitchell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom James (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Mark Marshall (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mark Marshall (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Alan Sheehan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Matthew Palmer (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Caleb Chukwuemeka (Northampton Town).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom James.

  13. Post update

    Chris Merrie (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Luka Racic replaces Harry Smith.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Alan Sheehan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dan Gardner (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Jack Sowerby (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Emeka Obi (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough107121991022
2Ipswich10712167922
3Lincoln City10712146822
4Hull10703169721
5Charlton9612115619
6Sunderland9531126618
7Portsmouth10523169717
8Doncaster9513169716
9Fleetwood10514138516
10Plymouth94321311215
11Wimbledon103431212013
12Accrington7403910-112
13Bristol Rovers93331013-312
14Rochdale103341015-512
15Crewe931588010
16Blackpool10316914-510
17Gillingham10316915-610
18Northampton103161020-1010
19MK Dons102351113-29
20Swindon83051114-39
21Wigan10217817-97
22Shrewsbury9135613-76
23Burton101361220-86
24Oxford Utd8206816-86
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