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Nottingham Forest 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Chris Burke

Dougie Freedman celebrated his first home game as Nottingham Forest manager with a victory over Wigan Athletic.

Striker Britt Assombalonga slid home Chris Burke's through-ball to put Forest ahead.

The home side doubled their lead after the break when Michail Antonio found Burke, who blasted home via the post.

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Mackay on Nottingham Forest v Wigan

Henri Lansbury sealed the win when he curled in from the edge of the box but Freedman's day was not perfect as Forest lost Assombalonga to injury.

Freedman has won his two opening games, after a run of six defeats in seven had cost predecessor Stuart Pearce his job.

The result, Forest's first home win since 8 November, takes them up two places into 10th, having slipped from the top of the Championship table in September to 12th spot.

Britt Assombalonga
Injured Forest striker Britt Assombalonga cost a reported club-record £5.5m in the summer

But Wigan are in real danger of relegation to League One, eight points off safety with 16 games left, less than two years after they beat Manchester City at Wembley to win the FA Cup.

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Freedman on Forest v Wigan

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has failed to turn things around since taking over as manager in November. They have only won once in his 14 games, against Leeds on Boxing Day.

The Latics' first chance came through Kim Bo-kyung, who joined the club last week despite being allegedly the subject of an offensive text message sent by Mackay at their previous club, Cardiff.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"We don't know exactly how bad Britt Assombalonga's injury is yet, but he will go for an MRI scan in the morning.

"Then the doctor will give me his opinion on what's happening. He will get a second reading and will let me know by Friday.

"He slipped as he went to shoot and his knee gave way on the grass. We're looking at least a few weeks, but we don't really know.

"I felt it dampened the crowd a little bit and both sides went very null and just wanted to finish the game. I was, though, so pleased for the fans that saw a convincing win, three different goalscorers, a clean sheet and a committed performance."

Wigan boss Malky Mackay:

"I was disappointed with the result and performance. We lost a poor goal and then we had too many players below par. Players have to take responsibility and there wasn't enough of that, and not enough quality.

"We had two or three who passed muster, but the rest were not up to it.

"We have to make sure we give our fans who travel to Reading for our next game a better display than that."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 25Hobbs
  • 5Collins
  • 13Fox
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forPatersonat 76'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 18AntonioSubstituted forBlackstockat 86'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forFryattat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Fryatt
  • 16Lascelles
  • 17Kane
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries

Wigan

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 25Barnett
  • 27Ridgewell
  • 3A Taylor
  • 16Kim Bo-kyungSubstituted forOjoat 54'minutes
  • 8HerdSubstituted forWaghornat 64'minutes
  • 36Kvist
  • 19Cowie
  • 11McClean
  • 21ClarkeSubstituted forMckayat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 4Maguire
  • 10Mckay
  • 18Ojo
  • 28Pearce
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
19,619

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Liam Ridgewell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett tries a through ball, but Sheyi Ojo is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Billy McKay replaces Leon Clarke.

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

Attempt blocked. Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Michail Antonio.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic).

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

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

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Taylor with a cross.

Hand ball by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matty Fryatt replaces Britt Assombalonga because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Chris Herd.

Delay in match Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Wigan Athletic 0. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by William Kvist.

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt missed. Chris Herd (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Sheyi Ojo replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 11th February 2015

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough30178548202859
2Bournemouth30177664313358
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Nottm Forest301010104342140
11Sheff Wed3091292328-539
12Birmingham30911103241-938
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan30410162742-1522
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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