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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Millwall

Ian Holloway

Millwall moved above Barnsley in the Championship table after a battling win away at Wigan.

Ipswich loanee Carlos Edwards' deflected effort split the two sides and moved the Lions up to 22nd place.

Jack Collison came close to equalising for the Latics late on but his effort went just wide.

Millwall have now recorded back-to-back victories while defeat for Wigan is only their second in thirteen league matches.

Latics manager Uwe Rosler made eight changes to his starting eleven ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal while his counterpart Ian Holloway named an unchanged team on the back of a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

The visitors looked much more livelier from the outset and it was no surprise when Edwards carried the ball almost half the length of the pitch and scored with an effort that diverted off Leon Barnett and looped over the head of goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Marc-Antoine Fortune and James McArthur replaced Nicky Maynard and Josh McEachran at half time as the Latics tried to force their way back into the game.

Fortune headed wide of David Forde's goal while Nick Powell - a second-half substitute - almost scored with his first touch after replacing James McClean.

But they knew it wasn't to be their day when Jean Beausejour cleverly found Collison 12 yards out, only for the midfielder's shot to curl inches past the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Milllwall nearly doubled their advantage in the closing stages when Scott Malone's blockbusting drive was parried away by Carson, who then kept out the follow-up from Steve Morison on the goalline.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"When you start a game like that it is very difficult to get anything in football.

"The second half was OK, and I don't think we could have done any more except score a goal.

"We pinned them back, they only had one chance, and we did everything we could to rescue the game.

"But we gave the first half away. There were big holes in midfield."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"I'm delighted. Whether Wigan had half an eye on the FA Cup semi-final I don't know, but you can't argue with the way we played.

"We moved the ball around well in the first half and we scored a great goal.

"The second half was different - we were up against it and got a little bit nervous.

"But we hung in there and the last two games have given me a little bit of hope and pride for the future."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 22Beausejour
  • 4McEachranSubstituted forMcArthurat 45'minutes
  • 25Barnett
  • 30Kiernan
  • 33Waghorn
  • 34Collison
  • 29MaynardSubstituted forFortunéat 45'minutes
  • 10Maloney
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forPowellat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Caldwell
  • 6Rogne
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15McManaman
  • 16McArthur
  • 19Powell
  • 32Fortuné

Millwall

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1FordeBooked at 90mins
  • 44EdwardsSubstituted forFredericksat 45'minutes
  • 28Malone
  • 10Bailey
  • 2Dunne
  • 16Beevers
  • 13Martin
  • 15UpsonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutes
  • 42MaierhoferBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMorisonat 67'minutes
  • 29Garvan
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 5Robinson
  • 9Morison
  • 14Fredericks
  • 17Williams
  • 19Jackson
  • 27McDonald
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
14,124

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Malone (Millwall).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross.

  7. Booking

    David Forde (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Forde.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Martin.

  12. Post update

    Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester41278677423589
2Burnley412314466343283
3Derby412191172472572
4QPR4120101149371270
5Wigan4119101254401467
6Reading4117121262491363
7Brighton411613124637961
8Ipswich411613125346761
9Bournemouth411710145857161
10Nottm Forest411417106053759
11Blackburn411514125653359
12Watford4014141264481656
13Middlesbrough411316125344955
14Bolton411215145356-351
15Sheff Wed411213165252049
16Leeds41138205263-1147
17Huddersfield411210195057-746
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster411110203762-2543
20Blackpool411012193559-2442
21Charlton391011183050-2041
22Millwall41912204070-3039
23Barnsley40812203866-2836
24Yeovil41811224166-2535
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