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Blackpool 0-4 Wigan Athletic

Chris McCann (right)
Chris McCann (right) opened the scoring for Wigan on the hour mark

Wigan Athletic secured promotion straight back to the Championship with a win at struggling Blackpool that edged the Seasiders closer to the drop.

After a goalless first half, Wigan went ahead through Chris McCann, who then turned provider for Yanic Wildschut to double the Latics' lead on the counter.

Wildschut then slotted in the third before Will Grigg headed in a fourth.

Blackpool remain two points adrift with one match to play and will be relegated if Fleetwood win at Walsall on Monday.

Wigan, who have lost just once since being beaten at home by Blackpool on 12 December, are now also all-but champions, having a three-point lead at the top and a significantly superior goal difference compared to second-placed Burton Albion.

Blackpool, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2011 on a final day that saw Wigan extend their stay in the top flight, are now staring at the fourth tier of English football.

Even if Fleetwood lose on Monday, Blackpool must beat Peterborough away on the final day to have any hope of avoiding a second successive relegation.

The home fans protested against the club's owners before kick-off and it was the 3,000 travelling Wigan fans who left Bloomfield Road in celebration.

The Latics, who like Blackpool suffered relegation from the Championship one year ago, have won seven of their last nine games to ensure their immediate return to the second tier.

Blackpool banner
Blackpool fans displayed a banner using an aircraft before the match
Blackpool fans
Blackpool fans attended a protest against the club's owners - the Oyston family - before kick-off at Bloomfield Road

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester: "We'll enjoy tonight and then look forward to a massive party next Sunday, back at the DW Stadium.

"It's for the whole football club. As manager I understand the whole club and what it means to so many people.

"We want to work hard in the summer and, if everyone does that, I'm sure we'll be a difficult team to play against next year."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doyle
  • 2White
  • 15Aldred
  • 5Robertson
  • 24Higham
  • 17Philliskirk
  • 8Potts
  • 22SmithSubstituted forIkpeazuat 73'minutes
  • 4McAlister
  • 9CullenSubstituted forBlythat 53'minutes
  • 10RedshawSubstituted forPatersonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Boyce
  • 19Norris
  • 20Paterson
  • 23Letheren
  • 27Blyth
  • 28Yeates
  • 29Ikpeazu

Wigan

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Jääskeläinen
  • 34WabaraSubstituted forPearceat 79'minutes
  • 5Daniels
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Warnock
  • 6Power
  • 8MorsySubstituted forWildschutat 39'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 7McCann
  • 9Grigg
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forMcAlenyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kellett
  • 13Nicholls
  • 24McAleny
  • 27Colclough
  • 28Pearce
  • 29Vuckic
  • 31Wildschut
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
9,226

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Jim McAlister (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 4. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Power with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jason Pearce replaces Reece Wabara.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Brad Potts (Blackpool).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Liam Smith.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 3. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by William Grigg.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 2. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor McAleny.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan452415681414087
2Burton452591157372084
3Millwall452391371482378
4Walsall4422121063481578
5Bradford4522111253401377
6Barnsley452181666531371
7Scunthorpe4520111458471171
8Gillingham4519121470541669
9Coventry4518121565491666
10Sheff Utd451812156457766
11Rochdale451812156660666
12Port Vale451811165653365
13Peterborough45186217772560
14Southend451611185661-559
15Bury451512185371-1857
16Swindon451511196171-1056
17Oldham451218154456-1254
18Chesterfield45158225868-1053
19Shrewsbury451311215876-1850
20Fleetwood441115184953-448
21Blackpool451210233958-1946
22Doncaster451112224864-1645
23Colchester45913235697-4140
24Crewe45713254681-3534
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