Championship
Ipswich3Wigan0

Ipswich Town 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Ipswich's David McGoldrick
David McGoldrick has scored four Championship goals this season

Wigan's Championship relegation worries deepened with defeat at Ipswich.

The Latics are seven points from safety with six games remaining including tough trips to Brighton and Reading.

David McGoldrick put Ipswich ahead midway through the first half, slotting in Myles Kenlock's pass, before Freddie Sears raced clear to double the lead.

Wigan improved after the break, Bartosz Bialkowski saving brilliantly from Ryan Colclough and Alex Gilbey, but Sears pounced late on to make it 3-0.

The win relieved some of the pressure on Town boss Mick McCarthy, following seven draws in their last eight matches, and they are now nine points clear of the relegation zone.

A lack of goals has been one of the Tractor Boys' main issues this campaign, with only Wigan and Rotherham scoring fewer, but striker McGoldrick ended a 15-game drought to set the ball rolling.

It was the Republic of Ireland international's first goal since netting the winner in the reverse fixture on 17 December.

Sears has also been struggling to score this campaign, but the former West Ham forward showed superb composure to fire past Matt Gilks for his fourth goal of the season.

His second had an air of fortune as Gilks saved his first effort, which then fell at his feet for an easy tap-in - but the game was already over at that point.

With an average of 49 points keeping teams in the second tier since three points were introduced for a win in the early 1980s, the Latics, on 34 points, may need to win five of their last six matches to avoid an immediate return to League One.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I am delighted about the result and the performance and also a little bit relieved about the fact we got three points and other results went for us.

"I thought David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears epitomised our performance, but I am also not going to just sit here crowing about everything.

"At the start of the second half, it seemed we were conspiring to give them a goal and our fabulous goalkeeper made sure it wasn't 2-1 - though I think we deserved the 3-0 win."

Wigan interim manager Graham Barrow: "The scoreline was fair as we gave them all three goals - but for Matt Gilks in goal, it could have been much worse.

"I am not even going to pretend that was okay. It was suicidal stuff, real kamikaze football and I do personally feel let down.

"Things were said in the dressing room, but they will stay in the dressing room, but the club, supporters and staff don't deserve that kind of performance. Our defending has actually been quite sound this season but all of a sudden that went up in smoke."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 2TaylorSubstituted forSmithat 45+2'minutes
  • 6Berra
  • 12Spence
  • 44HuwsSubstituted forBruat 77'minutes
  • 18G WardBooked at 68mins
  • 37DiagouragaBooked at 60mins
  • 30KenlockBooked at 55mins
  • 20Sears
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forSamuelat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 5Smith
  • 11Pitman
  • 17Bru
  • 21Williams
  • 28Moore
  • 42Samuel

Wigan

  • 35Gilks
  • 26Hanson
  • 20Morgan
  • 3Buxton
  • 33BurnBooked at 59mins
  • 23WarnockSubstituted forConnollyat 75'minutes
  • 6PowerBooked at 81mins
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forObertanat 79'minutes
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forGilbeyat 45'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 27Colclough

Substitutes

  • 2James
  • 7Gilbey
  • 11Obertan
  • 12Connolly
  • 21Bruce
  • 28Haugaard
  • 31Byrne
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
14,661

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Dominic Samuel replaces David McGoldrick.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Colclough.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Ward.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Wigan Athletic 0. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt saved. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Obertan with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Attempt saved. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross.

Booking

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gabriel Obertan replaces Shaun MacDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Emyr Huws.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Stephen Warnock.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Toumani Diagouraga (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Max Power tries a through ball, but Ryan Colclough is caught offside.

Booking

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a cross.

Hand ball by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Myles Kenlock.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Buxton with a headed pass.

Booking

Toumani Diagouraga (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton40258767343383
2Newcastle39256872333981
3Reading40227115550573
4Huddersfield38225114744371
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich39169146558757
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
View full Championship table

Top Stories