Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Huddersfield narrowly won at Wigan to condemn the Latics to their fourth defeat in five games, leaving the home side five points from safety.
Conor Coady's late strike into the top corner lit up an otherwise uneventful Championship game at the DW Stadium.
Malky Mackay's Wigan side hardly troubled Alex Smithies in the visitors' goal throughout the game.
The Terriers could have scored more, having had two chances cleared off the line in the first half.
The result meant Huddersfield moved above Bolton and Charlton into 15th place in the table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
|Wigan have won just one game, a 2-0 victory at Leeds on Boxing Day, since October.|
|The 2013 FA Cup winners have taken just six points from a possible 39 in the Championship.|
|Malky Mackay has seen his side lose seven of the 10 Championship games they have played since he was appointed as manager in November.|
A scrappy opening to the game saw Callum McManaman shoot straight into Smithies' arms early on, while at the other end Nahki Wells had an effort saved by Wigan keeper Scott Carson.
Huddersfield had two great chances to take the lead towards the end of the first half.
First, Wells saw his effort cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell on 33 minutes before Mark Hudson's header from Jacob Butterfield's corner was cleared off the line, this time by Martyn Waghorn.
Wigan's best chance came just before the hour mark when James McClean, unmarked in the box, headed McManaman's cross over the bar.
Wells hit the side-netting from a narrow angle soon after while Butterfield warmed up Carson's hands with a rasping effort from 25 yards out with 15 minutes to go.
But it was former Liverpool youth player Coady who settled matters as he controlled a ball from Wells in a wide position and bent his shot into the top corner, leaving Carson with no chance.
- 27RidgewellBooked at 53mins
- 7McCannSubstituted forCowieat 56'minutes
- 36KvistBooked at 23mins
- 15McManamanSubstituted forDelortat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 33WaghornSubstituted forFortunéat 56'minutes
- 26Al Habsi
- 2EdgarSubstituted forM Wallaceat 86'minutes
- 21WellsSubstituted forBunnat 90+3'minutes
- 15M Wallace
- Steve Martin
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Attempt saved. Liam Ridgewell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Delort with a cross.
James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town).
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Nahki Wells.
Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).
Andy Delort (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Kvist.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Murray Wallace replaces David Edgar because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match David Edgar (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Andy Delort (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Nahki Wells.
Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.
Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).