Championship
YeovilYeovil Town0WiganWigan Athletic1
By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Wigan's Marc-Antoine Fortune

Marc-Antoine Fortune's first goal for Wigan moved the Latics to within two points of the play-off zone as Yeovil remain two points adrift at the bottom.

The French forward turned in a cross from substitute Grant Holt from close range on 78 minutes, having seen two earlier efforts cleared off the line.

Wigan winger Marc Albrighton, who is on loan from Aston Villa, also hit the bar for Owen Coyle's side.

Yeovil's Joe Edwards had a first-half shot tipped over by Lee Nicholls.

The victory was Wigan's first in the league on their travels since their opening-day thrashing of Barnsley, and the first time they have won back-to-back Championship matches all campaign.

And the Latics have now won three out of four matches following midweek Europa League action, drawing the other.

Newly-promoted Yeovil achieved their first ever home win in English football's second tier at home to Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago but, despite a bright start, were unable to secure a third win of the season.

The Glovers are the lowest scorers in the Football League with just nine goals and their early wastefulness was to prove costly.

Yeovil started well with Wigan goalkeeper Nicholls forced into a good save on 21 minutes, tipping Joe Edwards' 20-yard strike over the bar after Paddy Madden's initial free-kick had hit the wall.

A couple of minutes later, Madden blasted high and wide after being put through on goal as the hosts continued to spurn some good chances.

As the half wore on, the Latics began to take control and should have been ahead after a flurry of chances towards the break.

First Nick Powell saw a close-range shot cleared off the line, before Callum McManaman and Fortune also had shots hacked clear by the hosts in a frantic finale.

Wigan continued the pressure after the break with Fortune again having a shot hacked off the line on 65 minutes, just seconds after Ryan Shotton's header was desperately cleared away.

Striker Holt created the decisive breakthrough when a cross with his first touch was converted by Fortune.

Powell could have doubled the lead in injury-time but his heavy touch took the ball away from him.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle: "We've been outstanding in the seven games we've played this month. Anyone who's watched our games will know we have a quality side.

"I thought we had a slow start in the game, Yeovil bossed it for the first 20 minutes, but in the 10 minutes before half-time there was only one team taking charge, and that was us.

"The only reason James McClean didn't play today was because he was injured, it's as simple as that. He would certainly have been involved if he was fit."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson: "Our cup finals are the six or seven teams down the bottom with us, starting with Doncaster next Friday.

"We play very well against the top teams, have as much possession and as many opportunities as them, but we never turn those chances into goals and wins.

"I'm not burying my head in the sand because I thought the boys worked hard today and gave everything. I love them for that."

Line-ups

Yeovil

  • 27Hennessey
  • 2Ayling
  • 3McAllister
  • 4Edwards
  • 15Duffy
  • 5Webster
  • 7DawsonSubstituted forDavisat 82'minutes
  • 19Ralls
  • 23GrantBooked at 45mins
  • 17Madden
  • 10FoleySubstituted forHoskinsat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hayter
  • 13Moore
  • 14Hoskins
  • 20Fontaine
  • 21Davis
  • 24Dunn
  • 26Ofori-Twumasi

Wigan

  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 24Perch
  • 7McCann
  • 4ShottonBooked at 70mins
  • 25BarnettBooked at 20mins
  • 33AlbrightonBooked at 38minsSubstituted forEspinozaat 85'minutes
  • 8WatsonBooked at 73mins
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMcArthurat 90'minutes
  • 19Powell
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forHoltat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 6Rogne
  • 9Holt
  • 12Pollitt
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 16McArthur
  • 18Espinoza
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
6,149

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away23
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Yeovil Town 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Marc Albrighton.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Watson.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Yeovil Town. Joe Ralls tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Sam Foley.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Liam Davis replaces Kevin Dawson.

  19. Post update

    Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).