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Wigan Athletic 2-0 Barnsley

Ben Watson

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.

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:

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Post-match: Wigan manager 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."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24PerchBooked at 62mins
  • 22Beausejour
  • 16McArthur
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 33Waghorn
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forMcEachranat 20'minutesSubstituted forEspinozaat 75'minutes
  • 29MaynardSubstituted forFortunéat 75'minutes
  • 7McCann
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 4McEachran
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 18Espinoza
  • 30Kiernan
  • 32Fortuné

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 27McLaughlinSubstituted forNyatangaat 45'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 4Kennedy
  • 15FrimpongBooked at 90mins
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 7O'BrienBooked at 77mins
  • 11WoodsSubstituted forMcCourtat 64'minutes
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forSheaat 45'minutes
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 16Jennings

Substitutes

  • 5Nyatanga
  • 8Dawson
  • 14Lawrence
  • 19Cywka
  • 31Turner
  • 33Shea
  • 42McCourt
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
14,121

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Barnsley 0.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Luke Steele.

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.

Booking

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

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

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.

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

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

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

Hand ball by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

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

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.

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Joshua McEachran.

Substitution

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

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

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

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

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Martyn Waghorn.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by James McClean.

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

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

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick McCourt replaces Martin Woods.

Booking

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

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

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As It Stood

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1Leicester30214554302467
2Burnley311612347252260
3Derby31177759401958
4QPR30168637241356
5Nottm Forest301412450302054
6Reading31148950361450
7Wigan30137103528746
8Brighton30121083225746
9Ipswich31111284334945
10Blackburn30111093735243
11Watford31101294437742
12Leeds30126124339442
13Huddersfield31117134042-240
14Middlesbrough31912104136539
15Bournemouth3099123750-1336
16Blackpool31811122842-1435
17Sheff Wed30712113638-233
18Birmingham3189143740-333
19Bolton31612133549-1430
20Doncaster3179152847-1930
21Millwall31610153159-2828
22Charlton2859142338-1524
23Barnsley30411152951-2223
24Yeovil3057182647-2122
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