League One
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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Rochdale

Wigan striker Conor McAleny
Conor McAleny scores Wigan's winning goal

Wigan Athletic stretched their unbeaten run in League One to 18 games as they saw off a resilient 10-man Rochdale.

Everton loanee Conor McAleny poked home the only goal of the game midway through the second half after Yanic Wildschut's initial effort hit the bar.

Rochdale played for almost an hour with 10 men after Ian Henderson was sent off for kicking out at Jason Pearce.

Henderson's red card was his second in three games, having been sent off in Rochdale's win at Oldham.

Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis kept the score goalless with a string of fine saves until McAleny, who came on as a half-time substitute, was left with the easiest of finishes into an empty net.

The striker should have made it 2-0 late on but struck the ball straight at Lillis when clean through.

Second-placed Wigan are now just one point behind leaders Burton Albion who travel to Millwall on Monday evening.

A quick turnaround...

Wigan posts
Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors were both scheduled to play at DW Stadium on Monday, so down came the football posts at full-time...
Wigan posts
... and up went the rugby league posts, ahead of the Warriors' Super League game with Hull KR

Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Caldwell on Wigan v Rochdale

"The score reads 1-0 and that's the most important thing at this stage, that we are winning games.

"I thought we showed great desire and determination in a game where both teams didn't look at their best, but we managed to grind it out and get over the line.

(On the red card) "I think Jason Pearce has tried to win the ball and clearly fouled him. That's a yellow card in anybody's book. I'd be very disappointed if any of my players reacted the way their player reacted. You can't do that in football, everybody knows that. I think the referee got it spot on."

Rochdale boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Keith Hill on Rochdale's defeat at Wigan

"It's difficult enough with 11 players against Wigan, but when you're down to 10 men, unfairly as well, it probably gives Wigan more of an opportunity to win the game.

"The way the referee came to decision with the fourth official is beyond me, because I don't think the referee saw anything.

"Wigan have got a very good squad of players and are capable of winning the league, but I thought we were a fair match today, even with 10 men.

"I think we're in great form. We haven't had a good result today, but if we take our form into the next seven games, we'll pick up points."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 22Warnock
  • 28PearceBooked at 34minsSubstituted forVuckicat 55'minutes
  • 20Morgan
  • 34Wabara
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 29mins
  • 6Power
  • 8MorsySubstituted forMcCannat 74'minutes
  • 31Wildschut
  • 9Grigg
  • 27ColcloughSubstituted forMcAlenyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Daniels
  • 7McCann
  • 10Davies
  • 13Nicholls
  • 18Chow
  • 24McAleny
  • 29Vuckic

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 4McNultyBooked at 70mins
  • 15Canavan
  • 5Eastham
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 74mins
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forHoltat 60'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 24Allen
  • 28CampsSubstituted forBunneyat 71'minutes
  • 40HendersonBooked at 33mins
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forVincentiat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lancashire
  • 7Vincenti
  • 18Holt
  • 23Collis
  • 27Cannon
  • 29Syers
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
10,407

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rochdale 0.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Perkins.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic).

Grant Holt (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Vincenti.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Rochdale).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Sam Morsy.

Booking

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Rochdale) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Callum Camps.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Rochdale 0. Conor McAleny (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Grant Holt replaces Donal McDermott.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton392361050331775
2Wigan392014565353074
3Walsall371911757381968
4Gillingham381991065442166
5Millwall391981260441665
6Bradford391810114538764
7Barnsley391951560481262
8Rochdale39169145550557
9Coventry3815111259431656
10Scunthorpe391511134943656
11Port Vale401511144547-256
12Sheff Utd381510135550555
13Southend381510135049155
14Peterborough38156176561451
15Swindon38148165663-750
16Bury391311154862-1450
17Shrewsbury381210164757-1046
18Chesterfield39127204860-1243
19Blackpool40119203750-1342
20Fleetwood381011174348-541
21Oldham38817133750-1341
22Doncaster39910203956-1737
23Colchester38710215087-3731
24Crewe39612214069-2930
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