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Wigan Athletic 0-3 Charlton Athletic

Wigan striker Leon Clarke
Injured Wigan striker Leon Clarke is taken off the field in Friday night's game

Charlton eased their relegation concerns with victory over struggling Wigan, whose striker Leon Clarke was taken off wearing a neck brace.

The forward, who is on-loan from Wolves, appeared to fall awkwardly in the first half and received treatment on the pitch during an eight-minute halt to the game.

The Addicks were already 1-0 up through Frederic Bulot's left-foot drive.

Igor Vetokele headed in the second and Chris Eagles scored late on.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay stated after the match that Clarke had been taken to hospital to have his neck and shoulder injuries assessed, while midfielder William Kvist, who was also substituted, has a hamstring problem.

The win moves manager Guy Luzon's Charlton side up to 12th on 39 points - nine clear of the relegation zone. The Latics remain in 23rd spot, six points away from safety and having played a game more than their fellow strugglers.

The home side came into the match on the back of their first win in eight under Mackay, and looked threatening in the early stages with Addicks keeper Stephen Henderson denying striker Marc-Antoine Fortune at the near post.

However, it was Charlton who took the lead when Gabon midfielder Bulot beat keeper Ali Al-Habsi at his near post with a low shot.

The delay caused by Clarke's treatment did not appear to disturb the Addicks' focus. They doubled their advantage just before the break when Angolan Vetokele out-jumped three markers to head in from Bulot's cross.

And two minutes from time, victory was all but confirmed when former Bolton player Eagles added the finishing touch to a swift counter-attack.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay on his club's injury crisis:

"I don't think I've ever seen it at a football club as a player or manager, the amount of illness and injury in a short period of time.

"Starting with Grant Holt's cruciate, Emyr Huws' ankle, Juan Carlos contracting leukaemia and now Chris Herd, Kvist and Leon coming off like that.

"To lose that many key players, it's not something that's easy because you don't easily replace key players."

Charlton manager Guy Luzon:

"It was a game between teams who fight to stay in the league, a game of six points.

"We knew it would be tough because Wigan arrived with the good momentum from the win at Reading away. We knew it would not be easy.

"We came with confidence and we were magnificent in defence, organised well and our goalkeeper doesn't need to jump or touch the ball.

"We scored three goals, unfortunately our target was to keep the ball and move the ball, but the pitch was not so good."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 4Maguire
  • 28Pearce
  • 3Taylor
  • 18Ojo
  • 16Kim
  • 36KvistSubstituted forMcCannat 22'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 43mins
  • 21ClarkeSubstituted forMckayat 34'minutes
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forWaghornat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 20Bong
  • 33Waghorn
  • 37Flores
  • 46Robles

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 22Johnson
  • 21Fox
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 17BuyensBooked at 13mins
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forWilsonat 87'minutes
  • 8Bulot
  • 14VetokeleBooked at 50minsSubstituted forHarriottat 90'minutes
  • 32WattSubstituted forEaglesat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wilson
  • 3Gomez
  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 9Eagles
  • 11Harriott
  • 36Dmitrovic
  • 40Lepoint
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
11,344

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Charlton Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Charlton Athletic 3.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo with a cross following a set piece situation.

Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic).

Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Igor Vetokele.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Charlton Athletic 3. Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Lawrie Wilson replaces Jordan Cousins because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Taylor with a cross.

Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic).

Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy McKay.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Johann Berg Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Frédéric Bulot is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Roger Johnson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Chris Eagles replaces Tony Watt.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Perch with a headed pass.

Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Igor Vetokele.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Perch.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Igor Vetokele.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris McCann.

Dangerous play by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Tal Ben Haim (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough31179549212860
2Bournemouth31178665323359
3Derby31178661313059
4Ipswich31169650311957
5Watford31175963372656
6Norwich31158859362353
7Brentford31164114642452
8Wolves3113993840-248
9Blackburn311110104141043
10Nottm Forest311011104746141
11Sheff Wed3191392328-540
12Charlton3281593441-739
13Birmingham31912103342-939
14Leeds31108133340-738
15Huddersfield31108134153-1238
16Cardiff31910123844-637
17Bolton31107144048-837
18Reading31107143546-1137
19Fulham31105164455-1135
20Rotherham31713113241-934
21Brighton31613123239-731
22Millwall3179152848-2030
23Wigan32510172845-1725
24Blackpool3149182760-3321
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