Wigan made it five league games unbeaten under manager Uwe Rosler as they beat Derby to knock the Rams out of the top two.

The Latics had the better of the first half with Nick Powell, Emmerson Boyce and James McArthur missing the target.

The only goal came when Jean Beausejour played a one-two with Callum McManaman before firing the ball over Lee Grant from the edge of the box.

Simon Dawkins and Chris Martin squandered chances to equalise.

Wigan are up to 11th in the table and only three points off the play-offs, six points closer than they were when Rosler took over on the back of five straight defeats last month.

Derby's run comes to an end

Derby had been unbeaten in their last nine matches, winning eight and drawing the other. They moved into second place in the Championship on Sunday by winning 2-1 at Barnsley

Derby came into the game in second place and unbeaten in nine matches but were second best for large periods of the game.

Powell fired tamely wide for Wigan from 15 yards and Boyce headed off-target before McArthur sent a dipping shot over the bar.

Beausejour put a cross into the side-netting and Roger Espinoza volleyed wide late in the first half.

After the break, the visitors finally took a deserved lead when Beausejour and McManaman, who had only been on the pitch for seconds, exchanged passes following a short corner and the Chilean finished from 18 yards.

Derby belatedly started creating chances and Dawkins should have done better when he took a touch from Conor Sammon's ball and saw his shot deflected wide. Will Hughes had a shot parried by Ali Al Habsi, who denied Sammon the rebound.

And with five minutes left they should have equalised when Martin reached Andre Wisdom's cross, but he sent it wide as his side dropped to fourth.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:

"We had a game plan and played differently than they expected us to. We decided not to play our passing game and wanted to have a high line and I think it worked very well - we had more attempts on goal and the better chances in the first half.

"The substitution played a part in the goal and it was great individual skill from Beausejour. He's a player we can use in all positions on the left-hand side and he showed today why he is probably going to the World Cup.

"What I didn't like so much was the last 10 minutes when we allowed them to run with the ball and they had two massive chances. Overall, they had more possession but we had more attempts on target and I think we deserved to win the game."

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"We were done by a sucker punch and Wigan came to stop us playing and frustrate us. It was going to be one of those games and I said at half-time it would be won or lost on a set play.

"Wigan will say they did a great job on Derby and we have to make sure we pay greater attention to details. But at the end of the day, we've had good fortune over the recent months and won games when maybe we could have drawn or lost so I've got no complaints.

"We didn't do enough to win this game, although I didn't think we deserved to lose it and it's a harsh lesson."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace (Sammon - 71' )
  • 38 Keane
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson (Hendrick - 45' )
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin
  • 10 Ward (Dawkins - 64' )
  • 11 Russell

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 32 Dawkins
  • 34 Cissé

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 24 Perch Booked
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 25 Barnett Booked
  • 21 Ramis (Crainey - 29' )
  • 17 Boyce Booked
  • 18 Espinoza (McManaman - 69' )
  • 16 McArthur
  • 32 Fortuné (Kiernan - 75' )
  • 19 Powell Booked
  • 07 McCann

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 09 Holt
  • 11 McClean
  • 12 Pollitt
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 15 McManaman
  • 30 Kiernan
Ref: David Webb
Att: 26,740

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

1 2

Corners

6 6

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +5:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +1:31

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:31

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

89:46

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

89:46

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:55 Booking

Booking Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

88:25

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

88:25

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:16

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:16

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

85:40

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

82:09

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

81:41

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

80:57

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:57

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

79:14

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

78:37

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

78:37

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

77:21

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:21

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

76:37

Attempt saved. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

75:58

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

74:41

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Robert Kiernan replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

73:45

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

73:43

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

70:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces John Eustace.

68:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman following a corner.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Roger Espinoza.

67:25

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

65:54

Foul by Michael Keane (Derby County).

65:54

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jamie Ward.

62:48

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

62:48

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:06

Delay in match John Eustace (Derby County) because of an injury.

59:05

Delay in match Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

57:46

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by James Perch.

54:26 Booking

Booking James Perch (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:01

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:01

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

51:01

Michael Keane (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:01

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

50:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:14

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

48:22

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

48:22

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:10

Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross following a set piece situation.

46:24

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

46:24

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:45

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces Craig Bryson.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

44:30

Attempt missed. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Barnett.

44:10

Attempt blocked. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell with a headed pass.

43:38

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

43:38

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:37

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

41:37

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:02

Hand ball by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

37:55

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

37:24

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

35:43

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

34:55

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:55

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

34:24 Booking

Booking Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

34:10

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

31:37

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:37

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

30:28

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephen Crainey following a set piece situation.

29:58

Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

28:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey replaces Iván Ramis because of an injury.

28:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:43

Delay in match Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

27:15

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:15

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

26:28

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:28

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

23:20

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James Perch tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

21:52

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:52

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

21:06

Attempt saved. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:23

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

18:32

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

16:16

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

14:52

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nick Powell.

11:48

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

11:48

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:53

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris McCann.

9:54

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

9:54

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:35

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

9:35

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:50

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Grant.

4:36

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

2:42

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:42

Foul by Lee Grant (Derby County).

2:18

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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