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Wigan Athletic 1-2 Rotherham United

Malky Mackay
Wigan have not won any of their last eight home matches

Rotherham earned their first win in 10 matches to leave fellow strugglers Wigan six points from safety after just one win in 17 matches.

Tom Lawrence capitalised on Andrew Taylor's mistake to race through on goal and open the scoring for the visitors.

Ben Watson headed home a leveller for Wigan from James McClean's corner after the break.

But Alex Revell headed the winner just a minute later.

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Evans on Wigan v Rotherham

Wigan, one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, have not won at home in the Championship since the end of August and lie second-bottom.

They were denied a late leveller when Oriol Riera's header came back off the crossbar as new boss Malky Mackay suffered a fourth defeat in his five matches in charge.

The victory was Rotherham's first away win in the league since 23 August, and moves them up to 19th.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay:

"We're creating chances, we're just not being clinical enough in front of goal, and at the other end we're giving away not even soft goals.

"Physically we did match them, we worked hard enough, but we have to be clinical at one end and resilient at the other - and we've not been good enough at either end so far.

"The squad is too big, and we've got to make sure in January we do business properly. It's about us trying to build a team here, and my first responsibility is trying to improve the team."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans:

"I thought Wigan started better than us, and for 10 minutes they caused us problems. Once we sorted ourselves out we dominated for long spells.

"Credit to my players, they're very young in the main but we are giving them the freedom to express themselves.

"I said last week that Tom [Lawrence] is like a lighthouse in a dark ocean, and when he scores a goal and works as hard as that, you know he's a lighthouse in a dark ocean with a nice bottle of red wine waiting for you when you get there.

"He's a special talent and you need to get him on the ball. For every week we've got him we're grateful."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 3A Taylor
  • 8Watson
  • 7McCannBooked at 47minsSubstituted forForshawat 80'minutes
  • 19CowieSubstituted forRiera Magemat 63'minutes
  • 10MaloneySubstituted forFortunéat 53'minutes
  • 15McManaman
  • 11McCleanBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 18Espinoza
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 29Forshaw
  • 31Figueroa
  • 32Fortuné

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 30WoottonBooked at 59mins
  • 20Morgan
  • 4Arnason
  • 31James
  • 32LedesmaSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11GreenBooked at 35mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18Pringle
  • 34LawrenceBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBoweryat 71'minutes
  • 9RevellSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Frecklington
  • 10Bowery
  • 17Newton
  • 26Taylor
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 35Thompson
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
12,641

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 2.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle.

Booking

Paul Taylor (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Perch.

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Watson.

Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

Adam Forshaw (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wootton (Rotherham United).

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Adam Collin (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Paul Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Lee Frecklington replaces Alex Revell because of an injury.

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

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

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oriol Riera.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Taylor replaces Emmanuel Ledesma because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Adam Forshaw replaces Chris McCann.

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Bowery.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Alex Revell (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Ledesma.

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Foul by Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic).

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Tom Lawrence.

Delay in match Emmanuel Ledesma (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Booking

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Emmanuel Ledesma (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Rotherham United).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Reece James.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 2. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Ledesma following a set piece situation.

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

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2Ipswich22118334201441
3Brentford2212463729840
4Middlesbrough22116535171839
5Derby22116540231739
6Watford22115639231638
7Norwich2297637261134
8Blackburn229763431334
9Nottm Forest2271053227531
10Wolves228772532-731
11Cardiff228682930-130
12Charlton2261242324-130
13Fulham2284103539-428
14Sheff Wed2261061621-528
15Birmingham227782432-828
16Bolton2275102328-526
17Reading2274112637-1125
18Leeds2266102532-724
19Rotherham225981827-924
20Huddersfield2266102739-1224
21Millwall225892332-923
22Brighton2231092230-819
23Wigan2238112230-817
24Blackpool2227131739-2213
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