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Leeds United 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Leeds striker Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack scored twice as Leeds beat managerless Wigan to move up to seventh in the Championship table.

For Wigan, who parted company with manager Owen Coyle on Monday, it was their fourth successive defeat.

McCormack bundled home his eighth goal in six matches to open the scoring before adding a second with a curling free-kick.

Will Keane had the best chances for Wigan, who were led by caretaker boss Graham Barrow.

The visitors were able to call upon England goalkeeper Scott Carson for the first time since October, after he recovered from an ankle injury and he endured a busy night of action.

He saved well from Luke Murphy before the opening goal came, when McCormack reacted quickest to Jason Pearce's header from a corner.

Keane, on loan from Manchester United, twice went close to equalising but was thwarted by Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny, who first beat him to a ricochet and then brilliantly blocked his point-blank shot.

Matt Smith went close for the home side, shooting straight at Carson, before Leeds' leading scorer McCormack scored his and Leeds second of the night.

He swung over a free-kick from the left and although Pearce reacted quickest and appeared to get the faintest of touches, replays showed the ball evaded everybody before bouncing beyond Carson and the home side comfortably held out for their fifth straight home win.

After the game Wigan confirmed that assistant manager Sandy Stewart has left the club.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott: "We're trying to build a winning mentality. We've played better this season, but we're learning how to win together.

"Paddy made a good save at 1-0 and Ross McCormack obviously, I thought he was terrific, he led the line very well and we were solid.

"They had a lot of the ball in the second half, but I didn't think they really got behind us and two good finishes by Ross, that's it in a nutshell.

Wigan caretaker manager Graham Barrow

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Post-match: Wigan caretaker Barrow

Wigan caretaker boss Graham Barrow: "The disappointing thing for me was our lack of finishing power.

"With the people we've got we should be doing better, but I can't fault the lads in how they applied themselves.

"It's been a difficult week as you can imagine, but in training I can't fault the players for effort."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Pugh
  • 5PearceBooked at 18mins
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 4Lees
  • 6MurphyBooked at 35mins
  • 36Mowatt
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 8Austin

Substitutes

  • 11Varney
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 24Perch
  • 16McArthur
  • 21Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 7McCann
  • 8Watson
  • 19PowellSubstituted forMcManamanat 67'minutes
  • 31KeaneSubstituted forHoltat 55'minutes
  • 22BeausejourSubstituted forMcCleanat 55'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Shotton
  • 9Holt
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Espinoza
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
25,888

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Booking

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

Attempt saved. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Wigan Athletic 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Danny Pugh is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Nick Powell.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Burnley1810621636
4Derby189451031
5Reading18873731
6Blackpool18873631
7Leeds18927629
8Nottm Forest18774628
9Ipswich18756526
10Huddersfield18756326
11Brighton18675425
12Watford18666324
13Blackburn18657023
14Wigan17647022
15Doncaster18558-1120
16Middlesbrough18477019
17Birmingham18549-219
18Bolton18477-619
19Bournemouth18549-1319
20Millwall18468-1518
21Charlton18459-717
22Yeovil184311-1015
23Sheff Wed17287-814
24Barnsley183510-1814
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