Championship
WiganWigan Athletic0Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday1
Callum McManaman sent off
Callum McManaman was on the field for less than 10 minutes before being sent off

Callum McManaman was sent off within 10 minutes of coming on as a substitute as Sheffield Wednesday inflicted Wigan's seventh defeat in nine outings.

Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu headed the winner from six yards eight minutes after the red, lifting his side 10th, while Wigan stay second from bottom.

Wigan had gone close in the second half when Keiren Westwood saved from James McClean, who also had a goal ruled out.

But McManaman lunged in on Claude Dielna and Nuhiu pounced to win it.

It was the second sending off of 23-year-old McManaman's career and he could have little complaint after he left the ground to crash through Dielna with 22 minutes remaining.

His side were looking to build on Boxing Day's win at Leeds to go two games unbeaten for the first time under Malky Mackay, who has overseen a dismal run of form since his appointment in November.

The former Cardiff City manager has watched his side lose in five of his seven games in charge and though they went close to earning a point when Shaun Maloney hit the post late on, Wigan find themselves three points from safety.

Atdhe Nuhui
Atdhe Nuhiu pounced to net his fourth league goal of the season

They started positively at the DW Stadium but Wednesday grew into the opening period and Ivan Ramis was forced to clear Nuhiu's close-range effort off the line.

Lewis McGugan was a constant threat for Stuart Gray's side and struck from range to test Scott Carson, while at the other end, McClean pounced on Ben Watson's delivery to score after the break, only for the linesman's flag to cut short his celebration.

Wednesday, the lowest scorers in the division before kick-off, shaded proceedings and though a stalemate looked likely, they took advantage of McManaman's recklessness.

Despite being winless in 10 between late September and late November, they now enter the New Year comfortably in the top half of the table after a solid festive run of form.

Nuhiu saw a header saved by Carson quickly after the dismissal but beat the Wigan keeper a minute later when he powered home Jeremy Helan's cross to secure Wednesday's fourth win in six matches.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay on McManaman's sending off: "There's no issues at all, he hardly actually catches him but it's the fact it's two-footed at the ball.

"It looks worse than it is - 90% of what he does is get the ball, but it's a sending off."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray: "We played them not so long ago at our place and got the three points but last season we didn't take a point.

"Last season we were unlucky not to get anything here, regarding the penalty miss and the keeper staying on the pitch.

"I think the sending off was the right decision. The boy's off the ground with two feet and it's a dangerous tackle. That's obviously helped us, it opened the game up."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 4Ramis
  • 30KiernanBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMaloneyat 83'minutes
  • 2Tavernier
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forEspinozaat 66'minutes
  • 29Forshaw
  • 3Taylor
  • 11McClean
  • 7McCann
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMcManamanat 59'minutesBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 9Riera Magem
  • 10Maloney
  • 15McManaman
  • 17Boyce
  • 18Espinoza
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 36Kvist

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 3MattockSubstituted forDielnaat 58'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 6SemedoBooked at 72mins
  • 37McGuganSubstituted forLeeat 82'minutes
  • 17Helan
  • 9NuhiuBooked at 90mins
  • 10MaguireBooked at 84minsSubstituted forMayat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7May
  • 13Lavery
  • 16McCabe
  • 18Zayatte
  • 20Lee
  • 35Dielna
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
14,571

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Booking

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by James Perch.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Stevie May replaces Chris Maguire.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Booking

    Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney replaces Rob Kiernan because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.