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Walsall 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Conor McAleny
Conor McAleny also scored in Wigan's recent 2-0 win at Sheffield United

Wigan Athletic climbed into the League One automatic promotion places as substitute Yanic Wildschut's injury-time goal gave them victory at Walsall.

In a first half with more bookings than shots on target, Conor McAleny struck from 25 yards to put the Latics ahead.

Wigan threatened a second before Sam Mantom thumped in the equaliser after a Jason Demetriou free-kick was blocked.

There were chances at both ends before Wildschut cut inside to win it, beating keeper Neil Etheridge at his near post.

Wigan rise to second in the table after extending their unbeaten run to 11 games, while the Saddlers slip a place to fourth after a second successive home defeat.

Sean O'Driscoll's side, who have won just once in six matches, in all competitions, are still without a home win in 2016.

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Wigan

Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"We struggled first half to get any rhythm. Early on, you realised that Wigan's game plan was to stop the full-backs. You've got to give them some credit.

"Our game plan all week was to do certain things and that went out the window early on. We got a little frustrated with each other, and it was a bit like a chess match first half.

"We sort of cancelled each other out. But a worldie goal got them in front which you can't really legislate for."

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Caldwell on Walsall v Wigan

"If we'd put the game to bed in the first half, it would have been a lot easier for everyone.

"We never know when we're down or when we're beat - we keep coming back. At 1-1, we made attacking subs. We had an intent to go and win.

"I thought in terms of the whole 90 minutes, we were the better team and deserved to win."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Taylor
  • 16PrestonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCookat 90+2'minutes
  • 6Downing
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 90mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 44mins
  • 10Sawyers
  • 8MantomBooked at 6mins
  • 12Forde
  • 15LalkovicBooked at 10mins
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
  • 29Kouhyar

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 7McCann
  • 28Pearce
  • 20Morgan
  • 5DanielsSubstituted forWabaraat 85'minutes
  • 8Morsy
  • 24McAlenySubstituted forDaviesat 87'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 14mins
  • 27ColcloughSubstituted forWildschutat 73'minutes
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 10Davies
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15Flores
  • 29Vuckic
  • 31Wildschut
  • 33Hendry
  • 34Wabara
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
6,740

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Matt Preston.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Conor McAleny.

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Reece Wabara replaces Donervon Daniels because of an injury.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

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

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by William Grigg.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Hand ball by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Yanic Wildschut replaces Ryan Colclough.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Power.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Matt Preston (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton30203741241763
2Wigan321611552302259
3Gillingham32177858391958
4Walsall31169649331657
5Millwall321651151401153
6Coventry311410755332252
7Sheff Utd32139104742548
8Bradford3113993734348
9Southend31138104138347
10Barnsley31143145044645
11Port Vale33129123537-245
12Peterborough31135135448644
13Scunthorpe31135133739-244
14Bury31127124251-943
15Swindon32126144950-142
16Rochdale31109124144-339
17Doncaster3199133541-636
18Blackpool3297163241-934
19Chesterfield32104184252-1034
20Fleetwood3089133638-233
21Shrewsbury3196163751-1433
22Oldham30514112941-1229
23Crewe32610163456-2228
24Colchester3258194078-3823
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