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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

James Perch
James Perch (right) had not scored since October

Wigan beat struggling Brighton to record a first home win since August and keep their slim hopes of Championship survival alive.

Home debutant Tim Chow put the Latics in front with a header.

Dale Stephens levelled for the visitors after the break after the hosts switched off at a corner.

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With time running out and the hosts looking set to be relegated for the second time in three seasons, James Perch won it from close range.

Gary Caldwell's side are now five points off safety with two games remaining.

They must beat play-off chasers Wolves and Brentford and hope that Rotherham fail to win any of their three games if they are to avoid relegation to League One.

Caldwell was leading the side at the DW Stadium for the first time after replacing fellow Scot Malky Mackay last week.

The former Latics captain has already managed what Mackay failed to do in his 119 days in charge and win a home game.

What a difference a year makes
Wigan and Brighton both reached the Championship play-offs last season. The Latics lost to eventual winners QPR while the Seagulls were knocked out by Derby.

Their last win in front of their own fans came with a 4-0 success over Birmingham City under Uwe Rosler on 30 August.

Chow, who was given his debut by Caldwell in Tuesday's defeat at Millwall, put the Latics in front with a good header from Jermaine Pennant's cross.

The lead was nearly cancelled out just seconds later when Beram Kayal worked his way forward before forcing a fine low save from Scott Carson.

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Despite that scare, Wigan finished the half firmly in control and defender Jason Pearce came close to doubling their lead with a header before James McClean was denied one-on-one by Brighton keeper David Stockdale.

Brighton, who face games against Premier League hopefuls Watford and Middlesbrough in their last two matches, could yet find themselves dragged into relegation danger as they sit just six points above 22nd-placed Millwall.

They improved after the break and levelled when Stephens was left unmarked at a corner before Kazenga LuaLua had two good chances to put them in front.

Chris Hughton's men were left to rue their missed chances as Marc Antoine Fortune fired in a low cross that was eventually converted by James Perch after poor defending.

The hosts saw it out but know that survival remains out of their hands.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell: "All we can do is win our games, and I've said that since day one. This was a big win, because it was the first at home for so long, and to get this will be great for confidence.

"When you've not won for so long at home, the confidence perhaps isn't there to keep playing, so you try to protect what you've got. They get their goal and all credit to them for that, but we went 4-2-4 at the end and tried to be as attacking as we could. The second goal was all about desire and eagerness to get a goal, and I thought our play overall deserved that."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: "It was a game we should never have lost. We weren't good enough in that first half, and if you're going through parts of a game when you're not at your best, you've got to remain resolute.

"We got back into the game at 1-1, and for 15 minutes it looked like if one team was going to go on and win the game, it was going to be us. We then conceded another poor goal and, at that stage, it becomes difficult because you've got to throw more men forward and it becomes even more open."

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell was club captain of Wigan when they beat Manchester City 1-0 in the 2013 FA Cup final
Tim Chow
Tim Chow has been with Wigan since the age of 10

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 4Maguire
  • 28Pearce
  • 20Bong
  • 36KvistSubstituted forBoyceat 61'minutes
  • 19CowieSubstituted forFortunéat 61'minutes
  • 15PennantSubstituted forMckayat 79'minutes
  • 39Chow
  • 16Kim Bo-kyung
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 17Boyce
  • 18Ojo
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 32Fortuné

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 33HalfordBooked at 90mins
  • 30Bennett
  • 22HollaBooked at 51minsSubstituted forCarayolat 86'minutes
  • 28Kayal
  • 14CalderonSubstituted forBestat 84'minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 38mins
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 12Mackail-SmithSubstituted forO'Gradyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 11O'Grady
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19Best
  • 24Ince
  • 31Walton
  • 32Carayol
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
11,100

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno.

Booking

Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Mustapha Carayol replaces Danny Holla.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Billy McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leon Best replaces Íñigo Calderón.

Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Billy McKay replaces Jermaine Pennant.

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Carson.

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

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Holla with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Attempt saved. Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Holla.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Attempt saved. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Holla.

Foul by Tim Chow (Wigan Athletic).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

goal

As It Stood

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3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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