Championship
WiganWigan Athletic4BirminghamBirmingham City0

Wigan Athletic 4-0 Birmingham City

Callum McManaman celebrates
Callum McManaman has now scored four goals for Wigan this season

Winger Callum McManaman's first-half double helped Wigan to a comfortable Championship win against Birmingham.

The hosts were 3-0 up by half-time, with McManaman netting first with a fine solo run and finish.

Andrew Taylor fired in a second in off the post, and after McManaman scored again from 15 yards, sub Martyn Waghorn completed the victory from close range.

James McArthur played the full 90 minutes for the Latics following the collapse of a £7m move to Leicester.

The Scotland midfielder was instrumental throughout, providing the assist for Taylor's stunning second past Darren Randolph.

James McArthur
James McArthur (left) started for Wigan after a proposed move to Leicester fell through

After a slow start to the campaign, Uwe Rosler's Wigan have now won consecutive home games, while Lee Clark's Blues are yet to win away from home in the league this term.

The home side dominated the contest from start to finish and could have won more convincingly as Oriol Riera, McArthur, McManaman and Waghorn all went close.

Substitite Shaun Maloney set up Wigan's fourth goal shortly after coming off the bench, crossing for former Leicester man Waghorn to find the net from four yards, while defender Emmerson Boyce was denied a fifth by a flying save from Randolph.

Birmingham were unable to find a consolation in the closing minutes, with Paul Caddis and Clayton Donaldson both denied by Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Earlier, young defender Rob Kiernan had blocked a Caddis effort on the edge of the box and Donaldson headed straight at Carson.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"It was a perfect follow-up from the Blackpool game - a mirror image. The one big difference was this time we made the goalkeeper work. We were clinical.

"It was collectively a very strong performance, and it's nice to sign off for a two-week break with back-to-back wins.

"We know we can score goals and we showed that today."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"Everything's that's been good about us has been flipped on its head today.

"The hard-working and powerful team that everyone has been talking about wasn't there.

"The scoreline doesn't flatter Wigan at all. That was the difference between the two teams. It was like chalk and cheese.

"We didn't stick to what we've been doing really well. All in all it was a really horrible day for us."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 4RamisSubstituted forBarnettat 45'minutes
  • 30Kiernan
  • 24PerchBooked at 36mins
  • 14Huws
  • 19Cowie
  • 16McArthur
  • 3Taylor
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forMaloneyat 76'minutes
  • 9Riera MagemSubstituted forWaghornat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 10Maloney
  • 18Espinoza
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 6Edgar
  • 15Hall
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 10mins
  • 31Caddis
  • 8GleesonSubstituted forDuffyat 45'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 11CotterillBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGrayat 69'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 12NovakSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 7Duffy
  • 10Thomas
  • 16Johnstone
  • 17Reilly
  • 21Doyle
  • 33Gray
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
11,708

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  4. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Edgar.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 4, Birmingham City 0. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney replaces Callum McManaman.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.