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Rochdale 0-2 Wigan Athletic

Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs scored his fifth goal of the season for Wigan

Wigan scored a goal in each half to seal victory at Rochdale.

Donervon Daniels' low drive from 20 yards was kept out by Dale keeper Josh Lillis before an unmarked Jason Pearce headed home Michael Jacobs' whipped free-kick at the back post.

After the break Joe Bunney scooped over the bar from close range after Wigan's Jussi Jaaskelainen spilled a cross.

Jacobs made it 2-0 on the hour by poking home from 12 yards off the underside of the crossbar.

Bunney later forced a fine fingertip save from Jaaskelainen with a low curled shot from 20 yards, while Lillis was at full stretch to keep out David Perkins' fierce late strike.

The victory temporarily saw Wigan move into fifth place and within two points of League One leaders Walsall and Burton.

Meanwhile, the Latics have been drawn at home to Barnsley in the northern area semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Gary Caldwell on Wigan v Rochdale

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's our first clean sheet away from home and it's something we spoke about in recent weeks, so to get that is pleasing.

"First half, we thought we could have scored more; second half, we didn't play as well with the ball, but we looked pretty solid.

"Although they had a lot of the ball, we kept it in front of us and restricted them to shots from distance and scored a fantastic counter-attack at the right time.

"We're constantly growing as a team and that's shown by the results that we are getting."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Keith Hill on Rochdale v Wigan

"We're not quite on point with our performance individual or collectively. We came up with a game plan, but I think Wigan were really at it today and that's the inconsistencies of the league.

"If you look at it on paper with resources, being able to recruit players, we're a million miles apart. For the first 20 minutes, we looked a million miles apart.

"I'm disappointed with the nature of the first goal we concede, but we grew into the game.

"The finances that have assembled that team are something we could only dream about.

"It would probably be 10 seasons worth of budget that would accumulate that type of side. We'd never be able to do that."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 27CannonSubstituted forMcDermottat 81'minutes
  • 5EasthamBooked at 34mins
  • 4McNulty
  • 17Tanser
  • 3Bennett
  • 25RoseSubstituted forHendersonat 63'minutes
  • 7Vincenti
  • 28Camps
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forAndrewat 62'minutes
  • 39Bunney

Substitutes

  • 6Lancashire
  • 9Andrew
  • 10Alessandra
  • 12McDermott
  • 21Musangu
  • 33Kennedy
  • 40Henderson

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 5Daniels
  • 20MorganBooked at 36mins
  • 28Pearce
  • 2JamesSubstituted forMcCannat 37'minutes
  • 31Wildschut
  • 6PowerSubstituted forChowat 81'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 17Jacobs
  • 12Revell
  • 10DaviesSubstituted forCowieat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 7McCann
  • 8Cowie
  • 9Grigg
  • 18Chow
  • 22Francisco Júnior
  • 25Barnett
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
3,835

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Donal McDermott replaces Andrew Cannon.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Tim Chow replaces Max Power.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Attempt saved. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Don Cowie replaces Craig Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Ian Henderson replaces Michael Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Wigan Athletic 2. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Max Power.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Max Power.

Foul by Scott Tanser (Rochdale).

Alex Revell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Reece James because of an injury.

Booking

Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham17104334191534
2Coventry17104332181434
3Walsall1695228141432
4Burton1610241613332
5Wigan1786328181030
6Bury177642927227
7Bradford177641918127
8Sheff Utd177462824425
9Millwall167452423125
10Peterborough177373428624
11Southend176651920-124
12Scunthorpe177282220223
13Port Vale176562019123
14Chesterfield177282325-223
15Rochdale175662020021
16Doncaster175571522-720
17Colchester175572637-1120
18Oldham1731041924-519
19Shrewsbury165291923-417
20Swindon174492228-616
21Blackpool174491525-1016
22Fleetwood1743102026-615
23Barnsley1742112029-914
24Crewe1734101426-1213
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