Wigan moved to within four points of the Championship play-off positions with a win over lowly Barnsley, but the match was marred by a bad leg injury to the hosts' Ben Watson.

Watson, who broke his leg 15 months ago, was taken to hospital after a first-half collision with Martin Woods.

Nicky Maynard slotted home his third goal in two games from Jean Beausejour's cross.

And James McClean set up Martyn Waghorn for his first Wigan goal.

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Wigan have dropped just two points when leading in the Championship this season, winning 13 out of 14 games.

Latics boss Uwe Rosler said it was too early to tell the extent of Watson's injury, who left on a stretcher with an oxygen mask on in the first half.

The 28-year-old scored the winner in last season's FA Cup final but is out of contract in the summer,

"The sore note is now Ben Watson; we don't know (how serious it is) at the moment, it's too early to say," the German said.

"He's in hospital now. We will find out later on or Wednesday morning. I don't want to speculate, the worst thing is speculation.

"We could lose him for three days or we could lose him for three months. I've seen many players going to hospital to have an X-ray, to have a scan, that does not necessarily mean it is something serious."

Rosler's side are now unbeaten in their last six home league matches and moved to within one place of the top six, with a game in hand on sixth-placed Reading.

The hosts reacted well to a four-minute delay caused by Watson's injury and took the lead when Maynard converted from close range from Beausejour's left-wing cross.

Waghorn's maiden goal for the Latics, from McClean's cross, doubled the lead before the break to leave Barnsley second from bottom in the Championship.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:

"These games against the so-called underdogs are the most difficult ones.

"The players have been tremendous in their application, they didn't get carried away or lose their focus with Ben's injury - sometimes it's difficult but we kept it.

"The left-hand side combination football - Beausejour, McClean, Chris McCann, Nicky Maynard was excellent, breathtaking. Both goals came from that side, I didn't feel they could cope with that."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"They're a very good side and they'll be challenging for (promotion to) the Premier League this year.

"The top six is their target and when you see them play in full flow, you can see them being there.

"We gave it everything in the second half, which pleased me. It wasn't there but we move on."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 24 Perch Booked
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 16 McArthur
  • 17 Boyce
  • 25 Barnett
  • 33 Waghorn
  • 08 Watson (McEachran - 20' )
  • 29 Maynard (Fortuné - 75' )
  • 07 McCann
  • 11 McClean

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 04 McEachran (Espinoza - 75' )
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 32 Fortuné

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 27 McLaughlin (Nyatanga - 45' Booked )
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 15 Frimpong Booked
  • 03 Ramage
  • 06 Cranie
  • 07 O'Brien Booked
  • 11 Woods (McCourt - 64' )
  • 10 O'Grady (Shea - 45' )
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 08 Dawson
  • 14 Lawrence
  • 19 Cywka
  • 31 Turner
  • 33 Shea
  • 42 McCourt
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 14,121

Match Stats

Shots

13 16

On target

5 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +3:38

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Luke Steele.

90:00 +3:35

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean.

90:00 +3:01 Booking

Booking Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:50

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

90:00 +2:50

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:41

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

86:40

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

86:12

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:12

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

83:20

Hand ball by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

83:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:17

Delay in match Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) because of an injury.

79:37

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:37

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

78:04

Attempt missed. Brek Shea (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

76:56

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Barnett following a set piece situation.

76:54

Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a set piece situation.

76:25 Booking

Booking Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:10

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

76:10

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

75:11

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

74:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Joshua McEachran.

74:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Nicky Maynard.

72:37

Attempt missed. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

72:17

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

71:35

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:35

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

71:04

Martin Cranie (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:04

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

67:16

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Martyn Waghorn.

66:46

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by James McClean.

66:42

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:39

Brek Shea (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:39

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

64:03

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

63:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick McCourt replaces Martin Woods.

62:58 Booking

Booking Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:45

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

62:45

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:05

Attempt saved. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:02

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

61:12 Booking

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

60:56

Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:56

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

54:17

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dale Jennings.

53:48

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:48

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

52:45

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

52:02

Offside, Barnsley. Luke Steele tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

50:48

Attempt blocked. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:03

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

47:57

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:57

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Brek Shea replaces Chris O'Grady.

45:00 +5:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +3:33

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

45:00 +3:33

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

45:00 +1:59

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

45:00 +1:14

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

40:36

Attempt blocked. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:05

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Frimpong.

37:18

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

34:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Barnsley 0. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

32:11

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

31:46

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

31:04

Attempt missed. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jim O'Brien with a cross following a set piece situation.

30:35

Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:35

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

29:34

Offside, Barnsley. Peter Ramage tries a through ball, but Jim O'Brien is caught offside.

28:31

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean.

26:53

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Perch.

25:37

Hand ball by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

25:01

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

21:00

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joshua McEachran replaces Ben Watson because of an injury.

15:21

Delay in match Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

15:21

Delay in match Martin Woods (Barnsley) because of an injury.

14:58

Attempt blocked. Martin Woods (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

13:39

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

13:39

Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:44

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

9:59

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

9:59

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:19

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Martin Woods.

3:59

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

3:59

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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