Cardiff City continued their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a narrow victory over a Wigan side who are still without a win this term.

Striker Nicky Maynard, who had a loan spell at the DW Stadium last season, netted the only goal of the game with a low finish from six yards.

Martyn Waghorn almost equalised, but diverted Don Cowie's pass just wide.

Victory for Cardiff was their second home win in a row and the first in 12 meetings with Wigan.

It took the Bluebirds into second in the Championship table, behind leaders Nottingham Forest only on goal difference.

Uwe Rosler's Latics, though, have lost three of their four league and cup games so far this season.

Cardiff, who beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Saturday, nearly took the lead after just 98 seconds when midfielder Aaron Gunnarsson shot through a crowd of players, but Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson made the save.

Bluebirds keeper David Marshall was also called into action in the first half, saving Callum McManaman's header from former Cardiff full-back Andrew Taylor's cross.

Rosler on Cardiff v Wigan

Maynard, who scored four league goals in 11 starts for Wigan last season, broke the deadlock early in the second half.

The 27-year-old latched onto Kenwyne Jones's header following a corner to net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Waghorn went close after coming on as a substitute, but Cardiff held on.

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

"It wasn't very pretty and we didn't play anywhere to the potential in the team, but the back five were magnificent.

"We didn't play well and the big thing for me is that I know we can improve. We're just happy we have shown we have developed and improved our defending as a unit in the box.

"Now it's about gelling this team together. We had two new players this week and it will take time to play the football we really want to.

"Once that transfer window has closed we'll get a run of games and we'll know each other better."

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:

"You think there will be more teams who dominate here like today? I don't think so.

"We were dominant for 90 minutes apart from putting the ball in the net. Cardiff were passive and I thought we were very good apart from the final third.

"We have players who are very good, but I think we need more pace and more Championship experience up front.

"I know the market is more or less destroyed in the Championship and the Premier League but that is what we will try to get."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 Brayford
  • 03 Fabio
  • 18 Adeyemi Booked
  • 36 Morrison
  • 16 Connolly
  • 20 Daehli (Pilkington - 45' )
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 09 Jones (Javi Guerra - 88' )
  • 23 Maynard (Le Fondre - 80' )
  • 07 Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 04 Torres Ruiz
  • 05 Hudson
  • 10 Le Fondre
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 19 Pilkington
  • 22 Javi Guerra
  • 33 Moore

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 24 Perch
  • 03 Taylor (Tavernier - 76' )
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 04 Ramis
  • 17 Boyce
  • 19 Cowie
  • 16 McArthur
  • 32 Fortuné (Riera Magem - 61' )
  • 15 McManaman (Waghorn - 61' )
  • 14 Huws

Substitutes

  • 02 Tavernier
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 09 Riera Magem
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 33 Waghorn
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 20,662

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

3 2

Corners

6 8

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +2:41

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +2:41

Javi Guerra (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Javi Guerra replaces Kenwyne Jones.

84:53

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

84:26

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

84:26

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

83:00

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

83:00

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:46

Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:46

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

79:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Adam Le Fondre replaces Nicky Maynard.

78:45

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

76:11

Offside, Cardiff City. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Tavernier replaces Andrew Taylor.

75:08

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:08

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

72:26

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

71:56

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Emyr Huws.

71:24

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

69:58

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

69:18

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McArthur with a cross following a set piece situation.

69:07

Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:01

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:16

Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:16

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

67:03

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

66:41

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

65:53 Booking

Booking Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:47

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

65:47

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

63:04

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Oriol Riera replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Callum McManaman.

59:57

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Fabio.

59:28

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

59:28

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

56:52

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:52

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

54:47

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

53:30

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:30

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

52:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones with a headed pass following a corner.

51:53

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

51:22

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

51:05

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:05

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

47:05

Attempt blocked. Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

46:42

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

46:41

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Mats Daehli.

45:00 +1:40 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:58

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

45:00 +0:19

Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

44:19

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

44:19

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:36

Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:36

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

42:08

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

40:07

Foul by Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic).

40:07

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Attempt blocked. Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:07

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

38:07

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

36:59

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

36:29

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

35:13

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

35:03

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

30:56

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

30:56

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:20

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:20

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

29:32

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Iván Ramis tries a through ball, but Callum McManaman is caught offside.

27:58

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Marshall.

27:56

Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Taylor with a cross.

24:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:20

Delay in match Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

22:48

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mats Daehli.

19:26

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

19:26

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:23

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

15:23

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

12:17

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:17

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic).

9:52

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross following a corner.

9:31

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

7:42

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Don Cowie.

6:50

Offside, Cardiff City. John Brayford tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

3:29

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Fabio.

1:38

Attempt saved. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:07

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James McArthur.

1:05

Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mats Daehli.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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