League One
WiganWigan Athletic1CoventryCoventry City0
Will Grigg
Will Grigg (left) was watched from the stands by Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

Striker Will Grigg scored his 23rd goal of the season as Wigan beat Coventry to move a step closer to promotion.

Coventry made a bright start as Jodi Jones caused problems with his pace and keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen did well to keep out John Fleck's long-range drive.

Wigan raised the tempo after the interval and Grigg slotted home from Stephen Warnock's cross.

He had the chance for a second when Conor McAleny was fouled, but Reice Charles-Cook saved his penalty kick.

The victory put Wigan four points clear of Burton, and 10 points ahead of third-placed Bradford, while it also extended their unbeaten run to 20 games.

Two more victories from their five remaining matches will secure a return to the Championship, while defeat left Coventry in 13th place, 11 points outside the play-off places.

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think the performance again was excellent against a very difficult team to play against.

"I knew they'd pose us a lot of problems and they did.

"We looked very strong, especially second half I didn't feel in any danger."

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry And Warwickshire:

"It's been the problem for the past three months really, not scoring goals.

"The grind of this league has taken its toll on us now.

"I thought we worked hard enough, the commitment was there and the endeavour was there, but we're falling a little bit short at the moment."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 5Daniels
  • 25Barnett
  • 28Pearce
  • 22Warnock
  • 6Power
  • 8Morsy
  • 4Perkins
  • 24McAlenySubstituted forWabaraat 72'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVuckicat 89'minutes
  • 31WildschutSubstituted forJacobsat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 10Davies
  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Jacobs
  • 27Colclough
  • 29Vuckic
  • 34Wabara

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18Ricketts
  • 21Martin
  • 15Stephens
  • 17Phillips
  • 45Jones
  • 19BigirimanaSubstituted forColeat 54'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 4VincelotSubstituted forMurphyat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Armstrong
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forFortunéat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 12Lorentzson
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 14Cole
  • 25Murphy
  • 32Fortuné
  • 43Addai
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
10,415

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

  5. Booking

    Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Haris Vuckic replaces William Grigg.

  11. Post update

    Max Power (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cole (Coventry City).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Yanic Wildschut.

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

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