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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leeds United

Alex Mowatt
Alex Mowatt's winner was his eighth goal of the season

Alex Mowatt struck a second-half winner for Leeds to leave Wigan eight points adrift of Championship safety.

Outgoing Latics chairman Dave Whelan's passionate speech on the pitch before kick-off failed to inspire a first home win since August.

Mowatt, who scored a spectacular free-kick as Leeds beat Ipswich 2-1 on Wednesday, scored with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.

Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri had to tip over a late James McClean free-kick.

Dave Whelan
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan addresses the club's fans before kick-off

Whelan, 78, who announced his resignation on Tuesday after 20 years as Wigan chairman, addressed the club's fans before the match. He will stay on as the club's owner.

Malky Mackay's side improved after going behind to midfielder Mowatt's eighth goal of the season, and were perhaps unlucky not to save a point.

Leeds were just a point above the relegation zone at the turn of the year, but head coach Neil Redfearn has pulled them towards mid-table, overseeing a run of seven wins in 10 league matches.

They had a penalty appeal turned down in a dour first half, with striker Billy Sharp claiming he had been brought down by Wigan defender Gaetan Bong.

Home hurt
Wigan have failed to win any of their last 15 home games, losing eight. Their last success at the DW Stadium was a 4-0 victory over Birmingham on 30 August.

Wigan created little before half-time on a poor pitch, with Kim Bo-kyung's deflected shot their best effort.

Wigan substitute Don Cowie was unsuccessful with a penalty claim - for handball by Giuseppe Bellusci - and McClean's shot on the turn was pushed aside by Silvestri moments before Mowatt scored.

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Wigan boss Malky Mackay on defeat by Leeds

Just before the hour mark, Leeds' Italian keeper had to parry another shot from Republic of Ireland international McClean, who later hit a volley into the side netting as Wigan were frustrated in their attempts to find an equaliser.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay: "I'm just looking at the stats and we've had 60% possession and 19 attempts on goal.

"To end up with so much of the ball, in their six-yard box, and not be able to put the ball in the net is disappointing."

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn: "The goal was a bit of quality and brilliance that was probably not in keeping with the rest of the game.

"But if anyone was going to win the game, it was going to be us.

"I thought we should have had a blatant penalty in the first half, but we don't seem to get these decisions."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17BoyceSubstituted forKvistat 67'minutes
  • 4Maguire
  • 28PearceBooked at 90mins
  • 20Bong
  • 15PennantSubstituted forCowieat 45'minutes
  • 24Perch
  • 16Kim
  • 18Ojo
  • 11McClean
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMckayat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 19Cowie
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 33Waghorn
  • 36Kvist

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15WoottonBooked at 86mins
  • 3BambaBooked at 57mins
  • 5Bellusci
  • 12Berardi
  • 27Mowatt
  • 23L Cook
  • 7MurphyBooked at 39mins
  • 21Taylor
  • 8SharpBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAntenucciat 88'minutes
  • 19MorisonSubstituted forCaniat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 10Cani
  • 13Taylor
  • 29Doukara
  • 34Antenucci
  • 35Del Fabro
  • 40Phillips
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
16,163

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Pearce with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Charlie Taylor is caught offside.

  6. Booking

    Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Sol Bamba (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Billy Sharp.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Edgar Cani replaces Steve Morison.

  18. Post update

    Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Scott Wootton (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth36199874393566
2Derby36199868392966
3Watford362061072442866
4Middlesbrough36199854262866
5Norwich36198970393165
6Brentford361951258461262
7Ipswich361710956391761
8Wolves361610105044658
9Nottm Forest361411115951853
10Sheff Wed361213113234-249
11Blackburn351212114545048
12Charlton361115104145-448
13Leeds36138153946-747
14Birmingham361113124252-1046
15Cardiff361111144348-544
16Huddersfield36119164562-1742
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Rotherham36913143753-1640
21Fulham36116194764-1739
22Wigan36710193248-1631
23Millwall36710193160-2931
24Blackpool36410222970-4122
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