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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Middlesbrough

Malky Mackay
Mackay was taking charge of his first game since leaving Cardiff in December 2013

Malky Mackay's first game in charge of Championship strugglers Wigan ended in a draw against Middlesbrough.

The Scot received a mixed reception at his first game since allegations that he sent homophobic, sexist and racist text messages while at Cardiff.

Shaun Maloney put Mackay's Wigan ahead with a free-kick but Boro sub Patrick Bamford equalised coolly from Kike's pass seconds after coming on.

The draw left Wigan second-bottom of the table while Boro stayed third.

The appointment of Mackay amid a Football Association investigation into the text message allegations prompted an ethical debate, and sections of the DW Stadium crowd expressed their displeasure.

But others, concerned about Wigan's disappointing league position, were openly supportive of manager who took Cardiff into the Premier League for the first time.

Club chairman Dave Whelan, who said he would step down if found guilty by the FA for his own controversial comments, enjoyed a rousing reception from the home support on taking his place in the stands.

Dave Whelan was applauded to his seat by fans in the Wigan sections of the ground
Dave Whelan was applauded to his seat by fans in the Wigan sections of the ground

On the field, the visitors enjoyed early possession, but the first real opportunity came when Maloney's dead-ball effort for Wigan clipped the bar on its way over.

It brought the hosts into the game and they took the lead when a second Maloney free-kick curled past Dimi Konstantopoulos in the Boro goal from 25 yards out.

Mackay, perhaps buoyed by the goal, was a prominent figure on the edge of his technical area.

His side were playing well and denying Boro chances, other than Kike's effort at the end of the first-half that scraped wide of a post.

Adam Forshaw's flashing volley from a loose Konstantopoulos punch was the closest Wigan came to boosting their lead before the break.

Having continued to lack a cutting edge after half-time, Boro boss Aitor Karanka replaced Adam Reach with Bamford.

And that had an immediate impact when the striker exchanged passes with Kike at close quarters and fired the ball into the Wigan net just seconds after coming on.

Chris McCann's effort cleared the crossbar as Wigan sought to regain the lead, while Bamford could also have won it had he converted George Friend's teasing cross.

Albert Adomah was fouled late on, prompting Boro's supporters to claim for a penalty, but the referee ruled it was outside the box and the set-piece came to nothing.

Shaun Maloney's free-kick beat Dimi Konstantopoulos to put Wigan ahead
Shaun Maloney's goal gave Malky Mackay's Wigan a first-half lead that Patrick Bamford equalised



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 17BoyceBooked at 67minsSubstituted forPerchat 83'minutes
  • 4Ramis
  • 25Barnett
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McCannBooked at 50mins
  • 29ForshawSubstituted forWatsonat 82'minutes
  • 18EspinozaSubstituted forMcCleanat 70'minutes
  • 15McManaman
  • 32Fortuné
  • 10Maloney


  • 8Watson
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Huws
  • 24Perch
  • 31Figueroa


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 24NsueSubstituted forFredericksat 71'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Friend
  • 27AdomahBooked at 63mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 24mins
  • 20ReachSubstituted forBamfordat 56'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 9KikeSubstituted forWildschutat 82'minutes


  • 5Fredericks
  • 17Husband
  • 18Whitehead
  • 21Vossen
  • 23Bamford
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias
David Webb

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

  12. Post update

    Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by James Perch.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Perch replaces Emmerson Boyce.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ben Watson replaces Adam Forshaw.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Yanic Wildschut replaces Kike.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).