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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic's James McArthur

Wigan survived a late onslaught to win for the fifth time in six games with victory at Brighton's Amex Stadium.

James McArthur gave the Latics the lead when he struck a left-footed effort past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Chris McCann doubled the lead after the break with a 12-yard header from Martyn Waghorn's inswinging corner.

Leonardo Ulloa reduced the deficit in the 78th minute with a close-range strike, while Brighton's Jonathan Obika and Andrea Orlandi also went close.

Oscar Garcia

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

Victory took seventh-placed Wigan to within a point of a play-offs with their hosts three points adrift in eighth.

Brighton were on top early in the game and David Rodriguez should have hit the target after Dale Stephens played the ball across the six-yard box, before Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi did well to block a goalbound shot from Ulloa.

The Latics then had another lucky escape when Stephens rose unchallenged and put a firm header just over from Stephen Ward's cross.

A mistake by former England international defender Matthew Upson led to Wigan breaking the deadlock on 21 minutes through McArthur, who burst through before beating Kuszczak.

Uwe Rosler

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Post-match: Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

Midfielder McCann increased the lead five minutes after the break, when he ran across the penalty spot to head in Waghorn's delivery.

Brighton piled on the pressure with Orlandi driving a shot into the side-netting, before Rodriguez sent a glancing header wide.

Ulloa finally made it 2-1 when Upson headed back Orlandi's corner and the home side almost snatched a draw but Ali Al-Habsi was at his best to deny substitute Obika.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"This was a big win for us and it is dedicated to Ben Watson, who broke his leg in midweek.

"He had his operation on Friday and the reaction of the players to his injury was first class.

"They showed will power to get that win and not to get beaten.

"For the last 15 minutes it was backs to the wall and fortunately lady luck was on our side."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"We had 20 chances yet we only scored one goal. Wigan had two chances and scored two goals.

"We should have scored more than two for sure; we fully deserved to win. We dominated the whole game.

"I can take positives from the performance, but what is less positive is that we need to be more clinical in front of goal."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17WardSubstituted forLua Luaat 70'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forObikaat 76'minutes
  • 9Rodríguez SánchezSubstituted forBuckleyat 59'minutes
  • 11Orlandi
  • 19Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 14Calderón
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 30Buckley

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 17Boyce
  • 22BeausejourBooked at 80mins
  • 4McEachranSubstituted forJordi Gómezat 59'minutes
  • 21Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forEspinozaat 73'minutes
  • 7McCann
  • 29Maynard
  • 16McArthur
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forPerchat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Holgersson
  • 3Crainey
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 18Espinoza
  • 24Perch
  • 32Fortuné
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
27,490

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt blocked. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris McCann.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno.

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley.

Booking

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James McArthur.

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces David López.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Stephen Ward.

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces David Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Joshua McEachran.

Attempt missed. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David López with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

goal

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