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Derby County 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Uwe Rosler

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 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:

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

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Post-match: Wigan manager 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:

Steve McClaren

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Post-match: Derby coach 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."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14EustaceSubstituted forSammonat 71'minutes
  • 38Keane
  • 25Buxton
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forHendrickat 45'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 9Martin
  • 10WardSubstituted forDawkinsat 64'minutes
  • 11Russell

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 26Legzdins
  • 27Whitbread
  • 32Dawkins
  • 34Cissé

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24PerchBooked at 55mins
  • 22Beausejour
  • 25BarnettBooked at 69mins
  • 21RamisSubstituted forCraineyat 29'minutes
  • 17BoyceBooked at 89mins
  • 18EspinozaSubstituted forMcManamanat 69'minutes
  • 16McArthur
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forKiernanat 75'minutes
  • 19PowellBooked at 35mins
  • 7McCann

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 9Holt
  • 11McClean
  • 12Pollitt
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 15McManaman
  • 30Kiernan
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
26,740

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Wigan Athletic 1.
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).
Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).
Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).
James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).
Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.
Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.
Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).
Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

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2Burnley2413831847
3QPR2413741246
4Derby2413561844
5Nottm Forest24101041040
6Ipswich24996936
7Brighton24996736
8Leeds241059735
9Reading24987235
10Blackburn24978234
11Wigan23968233
12Blackpool24888-432
13Huddersfield24879431
14Watford23797630
15Middlesbrough24798530
16Bournemouth248610-1030
17Birmingham24789129
18Bolton24699-527
19Charlton245910-824
20Sheff Wed234109-722
21Millwall245712-2322
22Doncaster245613-2321
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley243813-2117
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