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Plymouth Argyle 1-2 Wigan Athletic: Callum Lang's late strike sends Latics second

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Will Keane with Charlie Wyke shirt
Will Keane dedicated his goal to team-mate Charlie Wyke, who collapsed at training earlier this week

Callum Lang's 90th-minute winner saw Wigan Athletic move up to second in League One as they claimed a thrilling victory at fellow high-fliers Plymouth Argyle.

Will Keane gave Wigan the lead as he tapped in from close range after a mistake by goalkeeper Michael Cooper, but Danny Mayor levelled powerfully from inside the box soon after.

Cooper made amends for his error with a good 85th-minute save from substitute Stephen Humphreys after the striker had wriggled clear in the area.

But Lang sealed the points as he fired low past Cooper after a good ball by Keane.

The loss was Plymouth's third in succession having not previously been beaten in the league since the opening day of the season and Ryan Lowe's side slip to fourth in the table.

Wigan warmed up for the game in t-shirts supporting striker Charlie Wyke, who collapsed at training at the start of the week and is still in hospital.

Argyle could have been in front inside the first three minutes when a clearance bounced off a Wigan defender and sent Luke Jephcott through on goal, but the Wales Under-21 striker pulled his shot wide.

Conor Grant and Panutche Camara both had shots blocked for the hosts while Jack Whatmough saw a shot deflected for Wigan before his side took the lead.

James McClean broke into the area and Cooper dived at his feet and appeared to gather the ball, but it squirmed away and McClean squared to Keane for a simple finish.

Argyle boss Lowe took off Jephcott soon after with Jordan Garrick replacing him, and a few minutes later the Swansea loanee set up Mayor who blasted in from 10 yards out.

Wigan started the second half the better side and should have gone ahead when Keane and McClean were foiled by Dan Scarr after a goalmouth scramble.

Argyle increased the pressure as the half went on, but could not find a way past the Wigan defence despite bringing on an extra striker in Kieran Agard in the final 10 minutes as Ryan Broom and Camara saw efforts go off target.

But it was the visitors who took the spoils in the final moments as Lang's goal ended a difficult week on a high note.

Line-ups

Plymouth

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Cooper
  • 5Wilson
  • 6Scarr
  • 3Gillesphey
  • 8Edwards
  • 28Pereira CamaráBooked at 73mins
  • 4Houghton
  • 10MayorSubstituted forBroomat 76'minutes
  • 15Grant
  • 31JephcottSubstituted forGarrickat 40'minutes
  • 9HardieSubstituted forAgardat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Broom
  • 14Garrick
  • 18Agard
  • 20Randell
  • 25Burton
  • 27Law
  • 32Cooper

Wigan

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 12Amos
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Whatmough
  • 16Tilt
  • 27Darikwa
  • 8PowerBooked at 63mins
  • 4NaylorBooked at 86mins
  • 23McCleanSubstituted forMasseyat 90+4'minutes
  • 30AasgaardSubstituted forHumphrysat 67'minutes
  • 10Keane
  • 19Lang

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 2Watts
  • 3Pearce
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Massey
  • 20Bayliss
  • 39Humphrys
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
15,329

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Conor Grant.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Broom (Plymouth Argyle).

  5. Post update

    Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces James McClean because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle).

  8. Post update

    Curtis Tilt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Broom (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Keane.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Will Keane tries a through ball, but Callum Lang is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

  13. Booking

    Tom Naylor (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Panutche Camará (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tom Naylor (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Humphrys (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Power.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Broom (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Grant.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Kieran Agard replaces Ryan Hardie.

  19. Post update

    Ryan Broom (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

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