Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Wigan recorded a third League One win in a row for the first time this season to see off 10-man Crewe 2-0 and take another huge step towards safety.
Leam Richardson's men took the lead inside 15 minutes thanks to a freakish deflection from Joe Dodoo and never looked back.
Funso Ojo twice came close to doubling the lead before the all-important second goal did arrive with 18 minutes to go.
Callum Lang drove into the Crewe box and was taken out by Omar Beckles as he attempted to strike for goal.
The Crewe centre-back's afternoon came to a premature end thanks to the inevitable red card.
Although Will Jaaskelainen got two hands to Lee Evans' spot-kick, the ball had enough pace on it to find the corner of the net.
The win moved Wigan four points clear of the drop zone with only four matches remaining.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2DarikwaBooked at 66mins
- 12OjoSubstituted forCloughat 90+5'minutes
- 9LangSubstituted forJosephat 90+5'minutes
- 10KeaneSubstituted forGardnerat 87'minutes
- 17Solomon-OtaborSubstituted forAasgaardat 84'minutes
- 20DodooSubstituted forProctorat 88'minutes
- 29BecklesBooked at 70mins
- 12MandronSubstituted forPorterat 73'minutes
- 10KirkSubstituted forDanielsat 73'minutes
- Declan Bourne
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kyle Joseph replaces Callum Lang.
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Zach Clough replaces Funso Ojo.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Jaaskelainen.
Attempt saved. Thelo Aasgaard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Evans.
Antony Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic).
Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Antony Evans (Crewe Alexandra).
Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jamie Proctor replaces Joseph Dodoo.
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Dan Gardner replaces Will Keane.
Will Jaaskelainen (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joseph Dodoo (Wigan Athletic).
Antony Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Will Keane (Wigan Athletic).
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Thelo Aasgaard replaces Viv Solomon-Otabor.
Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Antony Evans with a cross following a set piece situation.
Hand ball by Curtis Tilt (Wigan Athletic).