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Ipswich Town 1-3 Wigan Athletic

James McClean scored twice as Wigan made it eight consecutive wins in all competitions by beating Ipswich 3-1 at Portman Road.

McClean cancelled out Tommy Smith's opener for the home side before adding to Leon Barnett's goal inside the last 15 minutes.

Ipswich had a number of opportunities but ultimately paid the price for some poor defending.

The result moves Wigan up to fifth place, while Ipswich remain in ninth.

The hosts made a strong start, with Paul Anderson heading narrowly over the crossbar and Daryl Murphy forcing a good save from Latics goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

And they got their just reward in the 19th minute when Smith headed home with Wigan unable to clear their lines.

The visitors fought back almost immediately, though, as McClean fired the ball into the net from Marc-Antoine Fortune's low cross.

Luke Hyam should have restored the home side's lead in the 39th minute but, after he shot over from 10 yards, Barnett headed in Jordi Gomez's free kick at the other end to give Wigan a half time lead.

The Latics' superior quality told in the second half and the win was secured when Fortune picked out McClean at the back post for a tap-in.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

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Post-match: Ipswich manager McCarthy

"We played well and I was really pleased with the lads, but we didn't defend particularly well.

"I am not going to be angry. People make mistakes but they are an honest bunch. It happens. You just hope the team you are playing against don't punish you and Wigan did."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

"The games are very busy at the minute but I am not thinking about the FA Cup. I am just thinking about selecting the right team, the right players and the right tactics.

"I am only dreaming about getting two points per game, which would get us into the play-offs and then we will deal with that. We have won eight games, and six have been away from home. I am very happy with everyone."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forGreenat 63'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 9Murphy
  • 25WilliamsSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 78'minutes
  • 12HuntBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 15Mings
  • 16Green
  • 18Tabb
  • 24Richardson
  • 26Taylor
  • 27Ebanks-Blake

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 17Boyce
  • 24Perch
  • 16McArthur
  • 21RamisBooked at 57mins
  • 25BarnettSubstituted forKiernanat 74'minutes
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 31Tunnicliffe
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forPowellat 64'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 38minsSubstituted forCraineyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 3Crainey
  • 4McEachran
  • 15McManaman
  • 19Powell
  • 29Maynard
  • 30Kiernan
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
16,047

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 3.

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey replaces James McClean.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is caught offside.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christophe Berra with a headed pass.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Jonathan Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Wigan Athletic 3. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a cross.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Robert Kiernan replaces Leon Barnett because of an injury.

Delay in match Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Paul Anderson.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Martyn Waghorn.

goal

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