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Wigan Athletic 1-3 Bournemouth

Callum Wilson
Bournemouth have never lost in the Championship when Callum Wilson has scored

Bournemouth maintained their spot at the top of the Championship with a routine win at struggling Wigan.

James McClean hit the crossbar for the hosts early on but Callum Wilson burst clear of the Latics defence to slot the Cherries ahead.

Yann Kermorgant doubled the advantage four minutes later with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Wilson added a third with a smart finish after the break, before Leon Clarke headed a consolation for Wigan.

The Latics, who have now won only once in 15 league matches, remain second from bottom in the table, seven points adrift of Brighton.

With Derby romping to victory against Bolton at the iPro Stadium, Eddie Howe's side needed to win to stay top - and once Wilson had fired them ahead in the first half that always looked the most likely outcome.

It was the home side that had the better of the opening 15 minutes, with McClean's free-kick from a tight angle clipping the bar and new signing Kim Bo-kyung sending an overhead-kick off target.

Cherries on the charge
Bournemouth have now scored 62 goals in 29 Championship matches this season, helping them to a goal difference of 33 - the best in the entire Football League.

But Wilson's confident finish when one-on-one with Ali Al Habsi set Bournemouth on their way to a 17th win in 29 Championship matches, and Kermorgant's powerful strike after dispossessing Chris McCann made it 2-0 before half-time.

The Cherries continued to press after the interval and, having blazed a great chance wide moments before, Wilson showed great composure to score his second and put the visitors in complete control.

Clarke, making his debut after signing on loan from Wolves on January transfer deadline day, then nodded McClean's cross home from four yards out to give Wigan hope with 30 minutes remaining.

But, once Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc had turned Liam Ridgewell's header over the bar, the visitors were able to see the game out.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"When we got promoted from League One there were times when we didn't manage situations as well as we did today.

"It's been a learning curve for us, and I think you saw our experience come through in the last 20 minutes because it could have been a tricky one for us.

"We ran the clock down, we did what we needed to do, and if we'd have conceded a second goal it would certainly have made it a difficult end to the game."

Wigan manager Malky Mackay:

"We came up today against the best team in the division, a team I think will be promoted and, along with last week's draw at Ipswich, it gives me encouragement for the last 17 games."

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant also scored in Bournemouth's 2-0 win over Wigan in September
Bournemouth v Wigan
Bournemouth completed their first league double over Wigan since the 1986-1987 season
Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson ended a run of two Championship matches without a goal with a brace against the Latics

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 8HerdSubstituted forOjoat 59'minutes
  • 25Barnett
  • 27Ridgewell
  • 3TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 19Cowie
  • 36Kvist
  • 7McCannBooked at 76mins
  • 16KimSubstituted forMckayat 45'minutes
  • 21Clarke
  • 11McCleanBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 10Mckay
  • 18Ojo
  • 20Bong
  • 28Pearce
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 30RitchieBooked at 68minsSubstituted forA Smithat 82'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forMacDonaldat 75'minutes
  • 7PughBooked at 87minsSubstituted forPitmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 13C Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
10,621

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Bournemouth 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Bournemouth 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Kvist.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  10. Booking

    Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Marc Pugh.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Don Cowie following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Ridgewell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Don Cowie.

  19. Booking

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth29176662293357
2Derby29176656263057
3Middlesbrough29168546192756
4Brentford2916494537852
5Ipswich29149646291751
6Watford29155957332450
7Norwich29138854342047
8Wolves2912983437-345
9Blackburn29109103839-139
10Sheff Wed2991282226-439
11Birmingham2991193240-838
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Reading29107123543-837
14Huddersfield29107123948-937
15Cardiff2998123743-635
16Fulham29105144250-835
17Bolton2997133443-934
18Rotherham29712102836-833
19Charlton2961582638-1233
20Leeds2988133040-1032
21Brighton29611123239-729
22Millwall2969142747-2027
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool2948172254-3220
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