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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Blackpool

Wigan striker Oriol Riera
Wigan striker Oriol Riera celebrates his first goal for the Latics

Wigan Athletic clinched their first Championship win of the season at the expense of Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

Spanish striker Oriol Riera, a summer signing from Osasuna, opened his Latics account when he drilled low into the net before the break.

It proved to be the winner as the away side, who only had eight senior players last month, could not find a leveller.

Substitute Nile Ranger wasted their best chance as Blackpool remain in the bottom three after four defeats.

However, the Seasiders did manage to move off the bottom of the table as Fulham, who suffered a 5-1 defeat at Derby, replaced them on goal difference.

Blackpool fans protest at Wigan
A number of Blackpool fans continued to protest against club chairman Karl Oyston

That was scant consolation for the visitors, whose threadbare squad showed they still need time to gel after a summer of uncertainty at the Lancashire club.

Jose Riga's side were lucky to escape with only a single-goal defeat as Wigan pressed forward throughout and rarely allowed their visitors to break forward.

But the Latics could not take advantage of several carefully-crafted chances to seal their maiden win.

Last season's FA Cup semi-finalists are one of the promotion favourites but went into the match on the back of successive defeats against Charlton and Cardiff.

However, they kick-started their campaign thanks to Riera, who showed superb composure before burying the winner.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler said: "We're getting closer to where we want to be, and the first half was one of the most impressive since I've been at the club.

"We had a very strong performance at Cardiff in midweek and we carried on from there."

Blackpool boss Jose Riga added: "We had no friendly games, no preparation, no team, so sure [it is his biggest challenge].

"I try and do my job - even in this situation - and I am doing my job, as are the players. I don't want to complain, but it is just the reality."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 17Boyce
  • 4Ramis
  • 30Kiernan
  • 3Taylor
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forWaghornat 70'minutes
  • 16McArthurBooked at 5mins
  • 19Cowie
  • 14HuwsBooked at 77minsSubstituted forTavernierat 78'minutes
  • 9Riera MagemSubstituted forFortunéat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 5Caldwell
  • 18Espinoza
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn

Blackpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 2Daniels
  • 6ClarkeBooked at 32mins
  • 3Oriol
  • 24Lundstram
  • 28RentmeisterSubstituted forMillerat 45'minutes
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 6mins
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 13ZokoSubstituted forCywkaat 90+2'minutes
  • 20ZenjovBooked at 58minsSubstituted forRangerat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mackenzie
  • 7Cywka
  • 16Dielna
  • 17Miller
  • 19Ranger
  • 21Parish
  • 23Oriol
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
12,113

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joan Oriol.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Tomasz Cywka replaces Francois Zoko.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Nile Ranger with a headed pass.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Joe Lewis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Joe Lewis (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Tavernier replaces Emyr Huws.