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Summary

  1. Wednesday climb to sixth with win
  2. Ross Wallace gives Owls victory with deflected shot from six yards
  3. Jordan Rhodes provides assist on Wednesday debut
  4. Wigan remain third from bottom, three points from safety
  5. Get involved: #bbcefl

Live Reporting

By Ged Scott

All times stated are UK

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Friday night is Wednesday's night

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheff Wed fans
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It's one of football oldest cliches that any team hopeful of any lasting success must know how to win when they're not playing well. On this evidence, then, Wednesday look a good bet.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal blamed tiredness on his side not firing on all cylinders at the DW Stadium. But his team still won all three points, they're back in the top six - and that's all that matters, for them.

Wigan, on the other hand, need a spark from somewhere. And they must hope that one of their eight deadline day signings can provide it.

It was a scrappy night out in Wigan and, although the Owls fans above won't care, let's hope the next episode proves more entertaining. 

Goodnight. We're back at 14:00 GMT tomorrow with all Saturday's EFL action.

Read the match report

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

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That's almost all we have for you this evening, but before we go, and if you've just joined us, let me point you in the direction of Steve Marshall's match report.

It wasn't a classic game but Sheffield Wednesday fans won't care as they sit in sixth place tonight and have put pressure back on the chasing pack.

Owls boss blames tiredness for poor game

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal blamed his side's under-energised performance on having to play so soon after their late arrival back from Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Bristol City.

"It was not a good game," he said. "But we arrived home at 3am on Wednesday morning and two days later we are playing again, while Wigan did not play for six days. That can make a massive difference. It explains why we came down a little in the last 20 minutes.

"Jordan Rhodes is a player who knows very well this competition. Tonight, he was crucial to us winning the three points."

Wednesday's season 'built on clean sheets' - Bannan

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday's seventh 1-0 win this season is more than any other side in the Championship, while 11 of their overall total of 14 victories have been by a single goal.

"We've built this season on clean sheets," midfielder Barry Bannan told Sky Sports. "And we know we've got enough going forward to score goals.

"We've been on a good run in which we've not won games that should have gone our way so it's good to come and get three points at a tough place like this."

Barry Bannan
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View from the press box

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

BBC Radio Sheffield's sports editor Andy Giddings sums up the action at the DW Stadium.

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FULL-TIME

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal
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Finally, finally in the seventh minute of injury time, the final whistle goes, much to the relief of Sheffield Wednesday.

Carlos Carvalhal's side are back into the Championship's top six this evening thanks to that first-half goal from Ross Wallace.

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Corner to Wigan causes a late kerfuffle as the Owls fail to clear their lines before Michael Jacobs' suspiciously offside looking shot flashes across the face. But it's too little, too late!

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

All three previous Wigan Athletic-Sheffield Wednesday fixtures have been settled by a single goal. And this one looks like being no different.

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Three minutes into added time and Wednesday spurn an attacking free-kick opportunity to pass it square instead. Not hard to see what they've done there!

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Six minutes of added time to come. Largely down to the early second-half injury suffered by visiting keeper Keiren Westwood. But it offers the hosts a little late hope.

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Wigan had a chance to climb out of the Championship's bottom three if they had won tonight. But it's surely not going to happen now! They don't look like scoring once, never mind twice!

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Which deadline day signing can't you wait to see in action?

Thetruevillainavfc: Looking forward to seeing how Hogan will get on.

Liam R-W: Big Chris Taylor's return to Oldham!

SJ McNab: Wigan have done so little wrong tonight. They lack in individual skill but are a very well organised team. Can't see them going down.

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Time running out here for Wigan, with only four minutes, plus injury time, to get something.

After seeing their side's increased efforts in the second half come to nothing, the home fans have gone pretty quiet.

YELLOW CARD

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sam Morsy
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Sam Morsy is booked. Only the second caution of the night, but no real surprise as he's put himself about a bit.

SUBSTITUTION

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Almen Abdi comes on for his old Watford team-mate Fernando Forestieri - the Owls' second substitution.

Carlos Carvalhal certainly had to try something different as Wigan have been taking hold of the midfield tussle.

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Substitute James Weir very close to equalising. He heads over from eight yards after being neatly picked out by Michael Jacobs' cross. In all honesty, he should have scored though.

Connolly then has a shot blocked and the Owls' offside trap is again close to being breached as Wigan really start to threaten. 

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Close call as Wigan get the ball in the back of the net through Callum Connolly. Tight offside decision, but the linesman gets it right.

The on-loan Everton youngster took it well though.

SUBSTITUTION

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Warren Joyce
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Wigan have certainly not been at their best - and Will Grigg's certainly not been on fire tonight, having now gone 16 games without a goal.

He's hardly had much of a service but he's first to get the hook, along with David Perkins, as Wigan boss Warren Joyce makes a double substitution, bringing on two of his new signings, striker Omar Bogle and midfielder James Weir.

YELLOW CARD

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Jack Hunt receives the night's first booking from Mr Martin. It was unquestionably a late challenge on Michael Jacobs, who was looking to go clear down the left.

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Which of your club's January signings can't you wait to see?

Wayne Ellis: As an Ipswich fan, it's hard to say which of our loan signings I'm most excited about...

Cumbria Photos: Looking forward to seeing any players on the pitch for Morecambe, as they haven't been paid this month!

Nathan Brunnen: Looking forward to seeing Jamal Lowe in the Pompey first team after a hat-trick for the reserves.

For those of you who aren't aware of the goings-on at Morecambe, their takeover by Italian businessman Joseph Cala has been delayed after Diego Lemos, who bought the club in September, obtained a court order preventing the sale.

SUBSTITUTION

Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Callum McManaman enters the fray against his old club, coming on for Owls scorer Ross Wallace. Presumably an injury? 

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Keiren Westwood
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Wigan, the lowest scorers in the Championship, finally look a threat.

And it takes a brave save from Owls keeper Keiren Westwood to deny Sam Morsy as he comes off his line at the near post.

It's at a cost as Westwood gets extended treatment having been caught painfully by Morsy's outstretched boot. But, eventually, the Wednesday keeper is okay to continue, although he is clearly still wincing as he comes out to claim a high ball.

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KICK-OFF

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Back under way at the DW Stadium

Saturday's Championship fixtures

Derby v Newcastle
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As ever, there's a busy programme in the EFL on Saturday and we'll be bringing you our regular text service from 14:00 GMT.

Here's what we've got to look forward to in the Championship (15:00 GMT unless stated), with Derby's trip to Newcastle the stand-out fixture:

  • Barnsley v Preston
  • Birmingham v Fulham
  • Blackburn v QPR
  • Bristol City v Rotherham
  • Burton v Wolves
  • Cardiff v Norwich
  • Ipswich v Reading
  • Newcastle v Derby
  • Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

Friday's Championship news headlines

Away from the action, there's been a couple of significant stories off the pitch in the Championship.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino's 18-month ban from football has been reduced to a year after a successful appeal against the decision.

Rafael Benitez
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Meanwhile, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has reassured supporters he will remain at St James' Park to maintain the bid for an immediate Premier League return.

Benitez was frustrated after Wednesday's 2-2 draw with QPR and the lack of January additions to the squad for the second half of the season, and it was reported that the Spaniard's future was uncertain.

But Benitez told BBC Newcastle: "I will not leave, I will not quit."

Thursday night recap

Thursday night football in England doesn't sit right with some.

But fans of Huddersfield Town weren't complaining after they deservedly beat Championship leaders Brighton 3-1 yesterday to bolster their own play-off hopes.

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First-half goals from Tommy Smith, Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga were enough to down the Seagulls, who had levelled at 1-1 through Tomer Hemed before having Lewis Dunk sent off midway through the second half.

The win gave the fifth-placed Terriers a six-point buffer over both Derby and Sheffield Wednesday in the race for a top-six finish.

You can relive the action by reading Phil Cartwright's match report.

While the players are off for half-time, let's take a look at some other stories from around the Championship.

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Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

BBC Radio Sheffield's sport editor Andy Giddings sums up the first half succinctly.

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HALF-TIME

Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

It was a very quiet opening half hour at the DW Stadium. But Sheffield Wednesday's goal on the stroke of half-time was probably just reward for their improved showing in that final quarter hour prior to the break.

They are now on course to go back into the Championship's top six, ahead of Derby County.

Ross Wallace's scrappy goal remains one of only two efforts on target, however. And you'd think that, with Wigan Athletic's need for points at the other end of the table, it has to get better in the second half.

GOAL - Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Ross Wallace

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Wednesday bought Jordan Rhodes to score goals - and yet when they score their first with him in the team, he turns out to be the supplier. It was his headed flick to a Vincent Sasso long ball which opened Wigan up and Ross Wallace reacted well to prod the ball over the line, despite Jake Buxton's attempt to stop him.

Wallace's third goal in four games - having not previously netted in 25.   

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Adam Reach's shot is deflected wide as Wednesday win their second corner in quick succession. Then a Fernando Forestieri cross helps win a third corner, rapidly followed by a fourth. Pressure building! 

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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A plaintive cry of the old Kop favourite "Attack, attack, attack, attack, attack" from the visiting Wednesday fans. But, all to no avail, as another mildly promising situation comes to nothing.

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Finally, just before the half hour mark, a shot. Hurrah!!!

All right, it wasn't a very good one, from Wigan's Sam Morsy, right-footed, from 25 yards.

But the stats will have it down as a 'shot on target' as Owls keeper Keiren Westwood still had to save it, but it was straight at him.

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Another Wednesday cross, this time from Barry Bannan, fails to reach Jordan Rhodes.

Maybe we should start to wonder whether this referee is a jinx on away teams in the Championship.

This is Mr Martin's 18th Championship game this term and he's only whistled so far for nine away goals.

Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday
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Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

David Jones must have been close to a booking for that tackle on Michael Jacobs. It was his second strong challenge in quick succession and he gets away with a quiet word from Mr Martin. 

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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As can so often happen on nights like this, watching games like this, which are yet to catch fire, your mind wanders. And, for those of a certain age, the two strips are a talking point. 

Any stranger switching on late would be forgiven for thinking Wednesday are at home, as Wigan's strip seems a classic match to the kit worn by the Owls in the early 1980s.

As for what Wednesday look like in their away kit...

Not much action to tell you about bar one neat give-and-go from Will Grigg which came to nothing.

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

It has been a pretty quiet opening so far. The only mildly comic highlight was seeing Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan get away with pulling back Wigan's Sam Morsy by the shorts.

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Matt Garner: With Wigan's new signings I'd bet on them staying up. #wishwehadbogle

Karl: Keeping tabs with you at work here in Guernsey. Rhodes is a great addition if, and only if, he recreates his Huddersfield form.

Good to have you on board, Karl.

Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

First attempt by Wednesday to supply Jordan Rhodes with chances does not got to plan. Adam Reach goes down the left to put in an early cross but it is way too high.