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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Jake Buxton
Jake Buxton scored his first goal of the season in his 28th Championship appearance

Jake Buxton headed in a late winner to earn Wigan a vital league win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After a scrappy game the defender rose highest to power in Max Power's corner and move the Latics into 22nd place, just two points from safety.

Wolves went close through Dave Edwards, but Wigan goalkeeper Matt Gilks produced a great save to palm the Wales midfielder's header away.

The hosts have now lost three straight Championship matches and stay 18th.

Going into the fixture Wolves had won just one of their last five league games at Molineux against Wigan and struggled to fashion chances despite enjoying 59% possession.

Bright Enobakhare threatened, but Paul Lambert's side lacked cutting edge in the final third and were punished late on from a set-piece.

Buxton headed in a first goal since February 2015 to put Wigan ahead from just their second shot on target and Gilks tipped over Connor Ronan's 30-yard effort to make sure of the points.

The victory sees Wigan move up one place past Blackburn Rovers, who suffered a 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

Wolves boss Paul Lambert:

"I'm like everyone else, disappointed and angry with the way that we performed.

"We never did enough, that's for sure; it wasn't good enough. We were too passive, we never dominated the ball and were not aggressive enough with or without the ball.

"Normally my teams come out of the traps and that is the disappointing thing. If you don't do things right then you will get beat. We have to be better than that."

Wigan manager Warren Joyce:

"It was a tough game against a good side and the game could have gone either way, but in the end we have ended up with three points and we have got that really through effort, endeavour, bravery and guts.

"We have had a few kicks in the teeth and it shows a lot of character to come to a place like Wolves and stand up to them with the backing that they have got from the supporters and the stadium here."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 64MarshallSubstituted forCoadyat 76'minutes
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 14EvansSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 63'minutes
  • 17Costa
  • 26EnobakhareBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWeimannat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 43Ronan
  • 22Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 16Coady
  • 31Burgoyne
  • 34Wilson
  • 55Gibbs-White
  • 60Williamson
  • 63Weimann

Wigan

  • 35Gilks
  • 12Connolly
  • 3Buxton
  • 33BurnBooked at 73mins
  • 23Warnock
  • 6Power
  • 16MacDonald
  • 8MorsyBooked at 90mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forHansonat 45'minutes
  • 9Grigg
  • 14BogleSubstituted forObertanat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 11Obertan
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 26Hanson
  • 43Browne
  • 47Weir
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
17,156

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Obertan (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by William Grigg.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

Attempt saved. Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson tries a through ball, but David Edwards is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Power with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Booking

Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andreas Weimann replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt blocked. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by William Grigg.

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady with a cross.

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Obertan (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Hanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady replaces Ben Marshall.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jamie Hanson.

Attempt saved. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Ronan with a cross.

Booking

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Ronan with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Power with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Connor Ronan.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Lee Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gabriel Obertan replaces Omar Bogle.

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle31213760253566
2Brighton31198452262665
3Huddersfield3119484235761
4Reading3218684741660
5Leeds321831144331157
6Sheff Wed31167839291055
7Norwich321561157451251
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley32147115145649
10Preston32139104440448
11Derby31138103629747
12Cardiff32126144047-742
13Ipswich321010123340-740
14Birmingham321010123344-1140
15Brentford31107144445-137
16Aston Villa31812113036-636
17Nottm Forest32106164556-1136
18Wolves3198143842-435
19QPR3197153044-1434
20Bristol City3195174246-432
21Burton3187163145-1431
22Wigan3178162938-929
23Blackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham3245233068-3817
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