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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe scored his 13th goal in 20 games for Wolves

Striker Benik Afobe's goal kept Wolves' Championship play-off hopes intact and increased Wigan Athletic's woe as they face a last-day fight against relegation.

Wolves took the lead when Afobe met Bakary Sako's 25th-minute free-kick to fire home from close range.

Wigan fought back in the second half and almost found an equaliser but Kim Bo-kyung was adjudged to be offside.

James McClean was then sent off late on for Wigan for a second yellow card.

Wigan would have been relegated had Millwall not let a 3-1 lead slip against Derby.

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Caldwell on Wigan v Wolves

The Latics' relegation will be confirmed if Rotherham avoid losing to Reading on Tuesday, and if the Millers are beaten, Wigan must win against Brentford on the final day of the season to stand any chance of survival.

Eighth-placed Wolves, meanwhile, will go into their final game of the season needing to win at home to Millwall and hope results go their way to reach the play-offs.

The hosts almost took the lead early on when McClean weaved his way through the Wolves back four, but his shot hit the side-netting, while Jermaine Pennant forced Tomasz Kuszczak to parry his shot away.

Wolves took an unlikely lead midway through the first half when Afobe scored his 13th goal in 20 games for Wolves and his 32nd of a prolific season.

McClean later teed up Emmerson Boyce on the edge of the Wolves box, but he curled his effort just over the crossbar.

The visitors had a goal disallowed for Afobe's handball shortly before Wigan midfielder Kim was denied by the assistant referee's flag.

Marc-Antoine Fortune had a late effort pushed wide by Kuszczak, before Wigan winger McClean was dismissed for a second booking after a late tackle on captain Richard Stearman.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:

"I thought it was a very hard-fought, competitive, feisty game, as you would expect with Wigan having everything to play for.

"They threw everything at us and it's an excellent clean sheet from our point of view.

"We played narrow in midfield, forced the ball wide and defended the crosses well.

"With Nouha Dicko and Afobe on the break, I thought we always had a threat."

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell:

"At this stage of the season it's results that you're looking for.

"The performance for the first 25 minutes is something I'm sure I'll look back on in the future as the way I want my team to play and express themselves.

"In a few days I might be able to look back and be happy, but the result was the most important thing and we didn't get that."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17BoyceBooked at 25mins
  • 4Maguire
  • 28Pearce
  • 20BongBooked at 60mins
  • 24Perch
  • 36KvistSubstituted forFortunéat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15PennantSubstituted forMckayat 68'minutes
  • 39ChowSubstituted forCowieat 79'minutes
  • 16Kim
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 19Cowie
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 32Fortuné

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 33IorfaBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 5StearmanBooked at 81mins
  • 3Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 11McDonald
  • 19Price
  • 10SakoSubstituted forHauseat 82'minutes
  • 12Afobe
  • 40DickoBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDoyleat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 7Henry
  • 16Doyle
  • 17van La Parra
  • 27Jacobs
  • 30Hause
  • 31Flatt
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
16,810

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Booking

    Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to James McClean (Wigan Athletic) for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match James McClean (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dave Edwards.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

  12. Booking

    Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton441312195463-951
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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