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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Cardiff City

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Wigan Athletic will be relegated if Birmingham City draw or win against Aston Villa on Sunday

Wigan Athletic face an immediate return to League One after they played out a goalless draw against Cardiff City.

The Latics' hopes of remaining in the Championship are out of their hands and they will go down if Birmingham City avoid defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday.

In a quiet first half, Wigan almost broke the deadlock when Craig Morgan fired over the bar from close range.

Nick Powell could have given the hosts a vital three points but Rickie Lambert was on hand to block his shot.

The result leaves Wigan six points adrift of safety with two games still to play, but they will be relegated if 21st-placed Birmingham draw or beat city rivals Villa in their game in hand on Sunday.

Cardiff, on the other hand, remain in 13th place thanks to the draw, but their winless run on the road stretched to six league games.

Both sides struggled to gain a foothold in a tepid affair, with the first shot on target not coming until well after the hour mark.

Powell had scored five goals in his last three games but could not find the net on a day where Wigan desperately needed to win to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Latics pay the price for misfiring strikers

Relegation for Wigan would see them drop down to League One after only one season in the Championship.

The Latics have been unable to recover from a poor start to the season which saw them take only five points from their first nine games.

Their form resulted in the departure of manager Gary Caldwell just five months after their promotion, but Warren Joyce's appointment failed to produce a turnaround, and he too was sacked in March, replaced on an interim basis by Graham Barrow.

Regardless of who has been in charge, Wigan have been unable to provide a consistent threat going forward, with Nick Powell their leading scorer with only six goals in an injury-hit campaign.

Northern Ireland international Will Grigg, League One's top scorer last season, has scored only five goals this term, while Omar Bogle has found the net just three times since his winter deadline day move from Grimsby.

Those struggles have contributed to the Latics having the second-worst goalscoring record in the division, managing a meagre 39 goals in 43 games.

Wigan interim manager Graham Barrow: "To be honest, the only thing I'm disappointed about is the result. That's probably as good a 90 minutes as we've played for quite a while. I think we've played well in spells, both since I've been in charge and all season. But certainly from start to finish, it was as good as we've played.

"If I'm being brutally honest, I thought we missed our opportunity in the first 20-25 minutes by not being that little bit more ruthless, That's the only thing I can fault about the performance.

"I've said all along I'd like to take it all the way. If we get the right result tomorrow we can take it to the second-last game of the season, which I think would be an achievement. I'm not trying to escape anything but, since I've been in charge, we've never been in charge of our own destiny. I wanted to get in control of that, but we haven't managed to do that."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock: "It's incredible what they've done since I've been here [to climb above Wigan and away from trouble]. The lads have really knuckled down really well. It wasn't a pretty game but you can see the spine of the team is very good.

"If we can add a few goals and a bit more quality in certain areas I'm looking forward to a good season next year.

"I don't think anyone needs to be asking me what I'd like to get out of the next two games. Huddersfield are my old club and Newcastle are a team I'd love to beat, if I'm honest. Two wins out of two would be nice and we'll definitely be looking to finish like that."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 35Gilks
  • 32Burke
  • 20Morgan
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17Jacobs
  • 26HansonSubstituted forColcloughat 58'minutes
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forBruceat 80'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 11ObertanSubstituted forPowellat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Power
  • 8Morsy
  • 21Bruce
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 25Powell
  • 27Colclough
  • 31Byrne

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3Bennett
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 11NooneSubstituted forMeiteat 80'minutes
  • 31M HarrisSubstituted forLambertat 57'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 24K HarrisSubstituted forHalfordat 85'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 13Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 6Richards
  • 7Whittingham
  • 15Halford
  • 19Lambert
  • 27Meite
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
10,875

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

Booking

Greg Halford (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Halford (Cardiff City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Kadeem Harris.

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

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

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ibrahim Meite.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Alex Bruce replaces David Perkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Ibrahim Meite replaces Craig Noone.

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

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

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

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison tries a through ball, but Craig Noone is caught offside.

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

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Colclough replaces Jamie Hanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Gabriel Obertan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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As It Stood

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2Newcastle432671076393785
3Reading44247136362179
4Sheff Wed442391258431578
5Huddersfield43246135553278
6Fulham4421131082552776
7Leeds442271557431473
8Norwich441991678661266
9Brentford441891773611263
10Derby441712155048263
11Preston431613146257561
12Cardiff441611175759-259
13Aston Villa431513154546-158
14Barnsley441512176363057
15Wolves431510185254-255
16Ipswich441316154854-655
17Bristol City44149215965-651
18Burton441312194658-1251
19QPR44148225062-1250
20Nottm Forest44139225970-1148
21Birmingham431114184263-2147
22Blackburn441015194964-1545
23Wigan441011233955-1641
24Rotherham4456333896-5821
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