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Huddersfield1Wigan0

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Huddersfield midfielder Adam Clayton

Midfielder Adam Clayton's late strike gave Huddersfield a narrow victory over fellow mid-table side Wigan.

Clayton fired in his fourth goal of the season, beating away goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi at his near post with a 20-yard strike five minutes from time.

Wigan had looked set to register a sixth clean sheet in eight league games until the former Leeds player struck.

Huddersfield's Oliver Norwood had hit the bar with a 40-yard free-kick four minutes before Clayton's winner.

The home side, boosted by the return of striker James Vaughan from a knee injury, dominated the early exchanges.

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

A goal-line clearance from James McArthur kept out Tommy Smith's header before Vaughan twice narrowly failed to connect with teasing crosses from Adam Hammill.

Wigan, who have now failed to score in their past three away games, grew into the match, with loan signing Martyn Waghorn providing their brighter moments.

But he was first involved in a bizarre incident on 14 minutes when, affected by the wind, he kicked the flag instead of the ball at a corner.

Referee Mark Brown insisted the corner be taken again, much to the disgust of Norwood, who was lucky not to be booked for dissent.

Marc Antoine-Fortune hit the top of the bar with a shot from Waghorn's pass after 52 minutes before Waghorn himself twice went close.

The on-loan Leicester player first hit the side-netting from close range when Fortune put him in, then blazed over from McArthur's cross.

At the other end, substitute Danny Ward grazed the side-netting with a near-post shot from Norwood's diagonal through-ball.

But Ward's introduction turned the tide in Town's favour and they began to dominate, with Clayton and Norwood coming in their own in the closing stages.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I am delighted with the win because the conditions were so tough.

"At times it looked like no one had played the game before but I thought what quality there was on show came from us.

"The game was just strange and surreal and the conditions dictated it."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"I am as happy as I can be having lost the game. Huddersfield caused us big problems but we coped very well in difficult circumstances.

"We had more chances and more possession and we restricted them to shots from long distances.

"I felt the wrong team won. If we play like that we will win more than we lose."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 12Hammill
  • 3Dixon
  • 33LynchBooked at 67mins
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27Smith
  • 6Hogg
  • 8Clayton
  • 21WellsSubstituted forD Wardat 61'minutes
  • 9Vaughan
  • 4Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 5P Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 11D Ward
  • 13Bennett
  • 16Southern
  • 18Lolley

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 3Crainey
  • 14Jordi GómezSubstituted forMcCannat 82'minutes
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forMcManamanat 71'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 32Fortuné
  • 16McArthurSubstituted forMaynardat 88'minutes
  • 22Beausejour

Substitutes

  • 4McEachran
  • 7McCann
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Espinoza
  • 29Maynard
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
15,576

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away13
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

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

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces James McArthur.

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

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

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

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Jordi Gómez.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from more than 35 yards from a direct free kick.

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ali Al-Habsi tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by James McArthur.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

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

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

goal

As It Stood

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3QPR28168436201656
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6Reading30138947351247
7Ipswich30111184334944
8Brighton29111083125643
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10Leeds29126114338542
11Wigan28117103028240
12Middlesbrough3091294135639
13Huddersfield29107123838037
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15Bournemouth2998123649-1335
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17Sheff Wed2871293634233
18Birmingham2989123637-133
19Bolton29611123447-1329
20Doncaster3078152645-1929
21Millwall2968152957-2826
22Charlton2859142338-1524
23Barnsley28410142747-2022
24Yeovil2855182546-2120
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