League One
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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Coventry City

Will Grigg
Will Grigg (left) was watched from the stands by Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

Striker Will Grigg scored his 23rd goal of the season as Wigan beat Coventry to move a step closer to promotion.

Coventry made a bright start as Jodi Jones caused problems with his pace and keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen did well to keep out John Fleck's long-range drive.

Wigan raised the tempo after the interval and Grigg slotted home from Stephen Warnock's cross.

He had the chance for a second when Conor McAleny was fouled, but Reice Charles-Cook saved his penalty kick.

The victory put Wigan four points clear of Burton, and 10 points ahead of third-placed Bradford, while it also extended their unbeaten run to 20 games.

Two more victories from their five remaining matches will secure a return to the Championship, while defeat left Coventry in 13th place, 11 points outside the play-off places.

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Caldwell on Wigan v Coventry

"I think the performance again was excellent against a very difficult team to play against.

"I knew they'd pose us a lot of problems and they did.

"We looked very strong, especially second half I didn't feel in any danger."

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry And Warwickshire:

"It's been the problem for the past three months really, not scoring goals.

"The grind of this league has taken its toll on us now.

"I thought we worked hard enough, the commitment was there and the endeavour was there, but we're falling a little bit short at the moment."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 5Daniels
  • 25Barnett
  • 28Pearce
  • 22Warnock
  • 6Power
  • 8Morsy
  • 4Perkins
  • 24McAlenySubstituted forWabaraat 72'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVuckicat 89'minutes
  • 31WildschutSubstituted forJacobsat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 10Davies
  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Jacobs
  • 27Colclough
  • 29Vuckic
  • 34Wabara

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18Ricketts
  • 21Martin
  • 15Stephens
  • 17Phillips
  • 45Jones
  • 19BigirimanaSubstituted forColeat 54'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 4VincelotSubstituted forMurphyat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Armstrong
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forFortunéat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 12Lorentzson
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 14Cole
  • 25Murphy
  • 32Fortuné
  • 43Addai
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
10,415

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Coventry City 0.

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

Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

Booking

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

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

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Haris Vuckic replaces William Grigg.

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

Foul by Joe Cole (Coventry City).

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Yanic Wildschut.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Reece Wabara replaces Conor McAleny.

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

Foul by Joe Cole (Coventry City).

Foul by Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Reice Charles-Cook.

Penalty saved! William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Wigan Athletic. Conor McAleny draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by John Fleck (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by Jack Stephens (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Marcus Tudgay.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jacob Murphy replaces Romain Vincelot.

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

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

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

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City).

Booking

Joe Cole (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Cole (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan412214571363580
2Burton412371151351676
3Bradford412010114738970
4Millwall412091263451869
5Gillingham4019111065442168
6Walsall391911957411668
7Barnsley401951661501162
8Rochdale411710145953661
9Scunthorpe411611145044659
10Sheff Utd411611145853559
11Southend411611145554159
12Port Vale421611155051-159
13Coventry4115121459451457
14Peterborough41166196965454
15Bury411412155063-1354
16Swindon41149185767-1051
17Chesterfield41147205463-949
18Oldham401017134050-1047
19Fleetwood411113174851-346
20Shrewsbury401210184965-1646
21Blackpool42129213951-1245
22Doncaster41911214159-1838
23Colchester41911215287-3538
24Crewe41612234075-3530
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