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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Middlesbrough

Malky Mackay
Mackay was taking charge of his first game since leaving Cardiff in December 2013

Malky Mackay's first game in charge of Championship strugglers Wigan ended in a draw against Middlesbrough.

The Scot received a mixed reception at his first game since allegations that he sent homophobic, sexist and racist text messages while at Cardiff.

Shaun Maloney put Mackay's Wigan ahead with a free-kick but Boro sub Patrick Bamford equalised coolly from Kike's pass seconds after coming on.

The draw left Wigan second-bottom of the table while Boro stayed third.

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Mackay on Wigan v Middlesbrough

The appointment of Mackay amid a Football Association investigation into the text message allegations prompted an ethical debate, and sections of the DW Stadium crowd expressed their displeasure.

But others, concerned about Wigan's disappointing league position, were openly supportive of manager who took Cardiff into the Premier League for the first time.

Club chairman Dave Whelan, who said he would step down if found guilty by the FA for his own controversial comments, enjoyed a rousing reception from the home support on taking his place in the stands.

Dave Whelan was applauded to his seat by fans in the Wigan sections of the ground
Dave Whelan was applauded to his seat by fans in the Wigan sections of the ground

On the field, the visitors enjoyed early possession, but the first real opportunity came when Maloney's dead-ball effort for Wigan clipped the bar on its way over.

It brought the hosts into the game and they took the lead when a second Maloney free-kick curled past Dimi Konstantopoulos in the Boro goal from 25 yards out.

Mackay, perhaps buoyed by the goal, was a prominent figure on the edge of his technical area.

His side were playing well and denying Boro chances, other than Kike's effort at the end of the first-half that scraped wide of a post.

Adam Forshaw's flashing volley from a loose Konstantopoulos punch was the closest Wigan came to boosting their lead before the break.

Having continued to lack a cutting edge after half-time, Boro boss Aitor Karanka replaced Adam Reach with Bamford.

And that had an immediate impact when the striker exchanged passes with Kike at close quarters and fired the ball into the Wigan net just seconds after coming on.

Chris McCann's effort cleared the crossbar as Wigan sought to regain the lead, while Bamford could also have won it had he converted George Friend's teasing cross.

Albert Adomah was fouled late on, prompting Boro's supporters to claim for a penalty, but the referee ruled it was outside the box and the set-piece came to nothing.

Shaun Maloney's free-kick beat Dimi Konstantopoulos to put Wigan ahead
Shaun Maloney's goal gave Malky Mackay's Wigan a first-half lead that Patrick Bamford equalised

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17BoyceBooked at 67minsSubstituted forPerchat 83'minutes
  • 4Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 3A Taylor
  • 7McCannBooked at 50mins
  • 29ForshawSubstituted forWatsonat 82'minutes
  • 18EspinozaSubstituted forMcCleanat 70'minutes
  • 15McManaman
  • 32Fortuné
  • 10Maloney

Substitutes

  • 8Watson
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Huws
  • 24Perch
  • 31Figueroa

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 24NsueSubstituted forFredericksat 71'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Friend
  • 27AdomahBooked at 63mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 24mins
  • 20ReachSubstituted forBamfordat 56'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 9KikeSubstituted forWildschutat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fredericks
  • 17Husband
  • 18Whitehead
  • 21Vossen
  • 23Bamford
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
16,347

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by James Perch.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Perch replaces Emmerson Boyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ben Watson replaces Adam Forshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Yanic Wildschut replaces Kike.

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter following a set piece situation.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Hand ball by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ryan Fredericks replaces Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Roger Espinoza.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Booking

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bournemouth1895435181732
3Middlesbrough1895427131432
4Ipswich188732719831
5Brentford189452624231
6Blackburn188642925430
7Watford1885531211029
8Nottm Forest187742923628
9Charlton1861022018228
10Norwich187652822627
11Wolves187652225-327
12Cardiff187562322126
13Sheff Wed1841041214-222
14Huddersfield185672531-621
15Reading186392329-621
16Leeds185582126-520
17Fulham185492833-519
18Millwall184771924-519
19Birmingham184771529-1419
20Brighton183962023-318
21Bolton1853102128-718
22Rotherham184681525-1018
23Wigan183871923-417
24Blackpool1815121230-188
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