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Cardiff City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

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Wigan celebrate their winning goal

Jordi Gomez's late goal gave managerless Wigan a dramatic win to end Neil Warnock's unbeaten start as Cardiff City boss.

Cardiff were marginally the better side in a poor first half, with Sol Bamba's header cleared off the line.

Having defended for long spells, Wigan struck on the break as David Perkins teed up Gomez for a simple finish.

Wigan are now up to 22nd in the Championship table, one point and one place below Cardiff.

The goal from former Swansea midfielder Gomez may have come against the run of play, but that will not matter to a Wigan team who battled valiantly following former manager Gary Caldwell's sacking on Tuesday.

There was also a sense of fate to the fact that, a day after Warnock had claimed Cardiff are the "biggest club in Wales", it was a former Swansea player who inflicted the 67-year-old's first defeat as Bluebirds manager.

The visitors were under the temporary tutelage of assistant manager Graham Barrow and development squad coach Peter Atherton, and they were compact and competitive in the first half.

However, they looked fragile from set-pieces as goalkeeper Adam Bogdan twice denied Anthony Pilkington before Bamba's header.

Aron Gunnarsson
Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City takes a shot at goal

Despite threatening from Peter Whittingham's corners, Cardiff's attacks lacked a focal point in the absence of injured striker Rickie Lambert.

They managed a handful of chances after the break - Bogdan saving from Aron Gunnarsson and Bamba heading wide - but their failures in attack were punished.

With four minutes left, Wigan's Perkins raced into the Cardiff penalty area and squared the ball to Gomez, who converted from close range.

Wigan hearts skipped a beat in added time as Joe Bennett's half-volley looked to be heading for the bottom corner, but visiting captain Stephen Warnock was on hand to block the ball on the line and secure a vital victory.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

"I knew it was going to be a 1-0 result but I thought we would be the team to get the one goal.

"If you don't take your chances then you have no chance, and it felt like we were always going to get caught with a sucker punch at the end and that's what happened.

"Rickie Lambert has done well for us and we were missing our talisman today but that's life in the Championship, you get injuries and you have to get on with it."

Wigan assistant manager Graham Barrow:

"It's been a tough week, especially for the staff. I think they did hurt when Gary left the club. The win is a relief for the football club because we need to win.

"I think it was a good thing we had two days to prepare for the game - we came down last night and were together. If it was a home game, it might have been even more difficult to get them right.

"By the time they went onto the pitch, they were determined to do it for him (Caldwell) and the football club.."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 11NooneSubstituted forImmersat 84'minutes
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forO'Keefeat 72'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forK Harrisat 72'minutes
  • 13Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 10Immers
  • 15Richardson
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson

Wigan

  • 1Bogdan
  • 32Burke
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonald
  • 4Perkins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forKnoyleat 90+5'minutes
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 31WildschutSubstituted forByrneat 57'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forDaviesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Byrne
  • 12Knoyle
  • 15Flores
  • 18Woolery
  • 20Morgan
  • 21Davies
  • 22Jääskeläinen
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
15,969

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Cardiff City. Ben Amos tries a through ball, but Sol Bamba is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kyle Knoyle replaces Michael Jacobs.

Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Shaun MacDonald tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kadeem Harris with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Perkins.

Foul by Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Lex Immers replaces Craig Noone.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Foul by Reece Burke (Wigan Athletic).

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces William Grigg.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Peter Whittingham.

David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

goal

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