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Wigan Athletic 3-2 Rotherham United

Nick Powell
Nick Powell returned as a substitute, after three months out with hamstring trouble, to score a dramatic winner

Nick Powell kept Wigan's slim survival hopes alive with a stoppage-time winner against already-relegated Rotherham.

Danny Ward's cool finish put the Millers ahead but Gabriel Obertan levelled within five minutes, smashing home from Ryan Colclough's knock-down.

Anthony Forde put the Millers back in front from long range, but soon after Alex Gilbey turned home Obertan's pass.

Powell fired in a free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box six minutes into stoppage time.

Wigan had failed to score in their previous four home matches, and 13 of their 20 league matches at the DW Stadium this season, as the Championship's two lowest scorers went head-to-head.

But both sides carved out plenty of chances, with Rotherham's leading scorer Ward missing an empty net from a tight angle, and Joe Newell firing weakly at Jakob Haugaard, who also kept out Carlton Morris' curling shot.

Gilbey forced Lewis Price into a fine diving save late on as Rotherham looked to have earned only their second away point of the season.

But substitute Powell came off the bench after a three-month injury lay-off to give interim manager Graham Barrow his first win in his fourth game in charge.

Second-bottom Wigan stayed seven points behind fourth-bottom Bristol City, who beat Wolves, with the rock-bottom Millers 20 point adrift of the Latics.

Wigan interim boss Graham Barrow: "I try and keep my emotions under control, but it's a good win for the club and it keeps things alive.

"I didn't think we were ever going to lose the game, although I suppose it was a looking a bit tight as to whether we were going to win it.

"The players responded very well in very difficult circumstances, and they showed a lot more character than they've done in previous performances."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne: "I'm biased, of course but my team didn't deserve to lose, so to come away with a defeat in such circumstances is hard to take.

"I can take pride that my team stood toe-to-toe in such a game. We've been on a terrible run, but I think we've lost 10 games by one goal and six by two.

"It's not like the lads are getting embarrassed - they're giving me everything they've got."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 28Haugaard
  • 26Hanson
  • 20Morgan
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 7GilbeySubstituted forPowellat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16MacDonald
  • 6PowerSubstituted forMorsyat 52'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 11ObertanSubstituted forByrneat 85'minutes
  • 27Colclough

Substitutes

  • 3Buxton
  • 8Morsy
  • 12Connolly
  • 25Powell
  • 31Byrne
  • 35Gilks
  • 39Mandron

Rotherham

  • 12PriceBooked at 90mins
  • 17FisherBooked at 83mins
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6WoodSubstituted forBelaidat 72'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 7FordeSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 85'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 4Vaulks
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 10Morris
  • 9D Ward

Substitutes

  • 11Taylor
  • 18O'Donnell
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 26Belaid
  • 27Bray
  • 30Purrington
  • 39Yates
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
10,085

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Rotherham United 2.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Rotherham United 2. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lewis Price (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Wigan Athletic) for violent conduct.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Price (Rotherham United).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Burn.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic).

Carlton Morris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross.

Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jakob Haugaard tries a through ball, but Ryan Colclough is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Price.

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Anthony Forde because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jack Byrne replaces Gabriel Obertan because of an injury.

Delay in match Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Newell.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Carlton Morris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks tries a through ball, but Joe Newell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Alex Gilbey.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle41266974353984
3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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