League One
WalsallWalsall1WiganWigan Athletic2
Conor McAleny
Conor McAleny also scored in Wigan's recent 2-0 win at Sheffield United

Wigan Athletic climbed into the League One automatic promotion places as substitute Yanic Wildschut's injury-time goal gave them victory at Walsall.

In a first half with more bookings than shots on target, Conor McAleny struck from 25 yards to put the Latics ahead.

Wigan threatened a second before Sam Mantom thumped in the equaliser after a Jason Demetriou free-kick was blocked.

There were chances at both ends before Wildschut cut inside to win it, beating keeper Neil Etheridge at his near post.

Wigan rise to second in the table after extending their unbeaten run to 11 games, while the Saddlers slip a place to fourth after a second successive home defeat.

Sean O'Driscoll's side, who have won just once in six matches, in all competitions, are still without a home win in 2016.

Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"We struggled first half to get any rhythm. Early on, you realised that Wigan's game plan was to stop the full-backs. You've got to give them some credit.

"Our game plan all week was to do certain things and that went out the window early on. We got a little frustrated with each other, and it was a bit like a chess match first half.

"We sort of cancelled each other out. But a worldie goal got them in front which you can't really legislate for."

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

"If we'd put the game to bed in the first half, it would have been a lot easier for everyone.

"We never know when we're down or when we're beat - we keep coming back. At 1-1, we made attacking subs. We had an intent to go and win.

"I thought in terms of the whole 90 minutes, we were the better team and deserved to win."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Taylor
  • 16PrestonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCookat 90+2'minutes
  • 6Downing
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 90mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 44mins
  • 10Sawyers
  • 8MantomBooked at 6mins
  • 12Forde
  • 15LalkovicBooked at 10mins
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
  • 29Kouhyar

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 7McCann
  • 28Pearce
  • 20Morgan
  • 5DanielsSubstituted forWabaraat 85'minutes
  • 8Morsy
  • 24McAlenySubstituted forDaviesat 87'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 14mins
  • 27ColcloughSubstituted forWildschutat 73'minutes
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 10Davies
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15Flores
  • 29Vuckic
  • 31Wildschut
  • 33Hendry
  • 34Wabara
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
6,740

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  5. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Booking

    Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

  9. Post update

    David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Matt Preston.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Conor McAleny.

  16. Post update

    Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Reece Wabara replaces Donervon Daniels because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.