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Burton Albion 0-2 Wigan Athletic

Callum Connolly
Callum Connolly, who joined on a season-long loan from Everton, signed just in time to be included in Wigan's match-day squad.

Callum Connolly scored twice on his debut as Wigan narrowed the gap to fellow relegation rivals Burton Albion.

Burton began the brighter with their best chance falling to Chris O'Grady, but his shot was blocked on the line.

For the second game running, the home side switched off in first-half stoppage time and an unmarked Connolly headed home to put Wigan ahead.

The 19-year-old defender, who joined on loan from Everton before the game, nodded in his second after the break.

England Under-19 international Connolly's move - which is for the remainder of the season - was confirmed by Wigan in time for him to make the trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

The Liverpool-born teenager, who spent a month on loan at Barnsley last season, came through Everton's academy.

And he helped his new club to their first victory over Burton Albion and back-to-back wins following victory in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest.

The Brewers have now lost their past four home games in the Championship and sit just one point above the relegation zone.

Wigan remain 23rd, but are now just three points behind them.

Burton manager Nigel Clough:

"It's a frustrated dressing room because we have given away two of the softest goals we have given away all season.

"The timing as well is difficult. I think that is three in recent games just before half-time, in added time, and that is something that has to be addressed.

"Both penalty areas, which is where it really counts, they were better than us today."

Wigan manager Warren Joyce:

"It's a great win but it's just three points and there is still a long way to go in the season.

"Today, Burton could have scored a couple of goals but the way the defenders put their bodies on the line consistently you sometimes earn a little bit of luck when you are that brave."

On new signing Callum Connolly: "He's a player I've known about for a long time.

"Obviously when you are looking at the make-up of players and looking at their attributes and qualities, we are not a big side and its important in this league that you have got full-backs that can head the ball as well.

"Every credit to the kid today, enthusiasm and bravery gets us the points."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlinSubstituted forBywaterat 45'minutes
  • 3Brayford
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 10Akins
  • 16Palmer
  • 30MurphySubstituted forNaylorat 84'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forMcCroryat 84'minutes
  • 12WardBooked at 69mins
  • 9SordellBooked at 33mins
  • 8O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 4Mousinho
  • 7Williamson
  • 13Bywater
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Naylor
  • 25Barker

Wigan

  • 28Haugaard
  • 12ConnollyBooked at 77mins
  • 3BuxtonBooked at 57mins
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17Jacobs
  • 6PowerSubstituted forMorganat 85'minutes
  • 8Morsy
  • 31WildschutSubstituted forFloresat 80'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 11Le Fondre
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 15Flores
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 27Colclough
  • 29Burke
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
4,411

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Sam Morsy tries a through ball, but William Grigg is caught offside.

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Brayford with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Morgan replaces Max Power because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Luke Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Delay in match Max Power (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Jordan Flores (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Flores (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordan Flores replaces Yanic Wildschut because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Delay in match Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion).

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

Booking

Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Burton Albion).

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

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton25166340172354
3Leeds26153835241148
4Reading2514473633346
5Huddersfield2614483030046
6Sheff Wed2613673024645
7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
9Preston2611693532339
10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
12Birmingham269983035-536
13Aston Villa2681172625135
14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
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