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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Queens Park Rangers

Nedum Onuoha
QPR defender Nedum Onuoha scored the only goal of the game, just after half-time

Queens Park Rangers edged a tight match at Wigan to avoid a third straight Championship defeat.

In a goalless first half, Yeni Ngbakoto shot straight at Adam Bogdan for QPR, while Wigan had Craig Morgan's far-post header disallowed for offside.

The winning goal came just minutes into the second half, when Nedum Onuoha lashed in after Jake Bidwell's free-kick was only half cleared.

Max Power fired wide and Will Grigg headed over for Wigan as QPR held on.

The first five minutes saw Ngbakoto almost put the visitors ahead, but his shot failed to trouble Bogdan in the Wigan goal, while Morgan's header was the best chance for the hosts in the opening period.

QPR went into the game on the back of defeats by Barnsley and Preston, but showed great resilience once they had taken the lead, epitomised by Alex Smithies' save at full stretch to deny Luke Garbutt.

Wigan had found the net at least once in their past 16 league outings, but despite those late efforts by Power and Grigg, it was QPR who took all three points.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

"For us it was important we came here and made sure our platform and organisation was right.

"We also had to make sure we didn't give a lot away, and made it difficult for them. We knew how they wanted to play, and how dominant they can be.

"I think we pushed them all over the pitch, and at times we could have been better with the ball and calmer with the ball.

"Overall it was a very solid performance, it was a grinder, and at times a little bit nervous. That is normal away from home. We stayed together as a team and we ground out a good win."

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell:

"It's frustrating again. I thought we created opportunities, even more so towards the end of the game.

"We could have switched play better, we could have played in wide areas better, we know they're a team that plays narrow.

"Again we conceded a poor goal, and we have to learn that clean sheets are going to be the bedrock of our success this season. We have to stop conceding poor goals.

"There were a few positives, we created opportunities, the players gave me everything, they kept going. We just have to work hard and make sure we get the little things right that become big things in the game."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Bogdan
  • 6Power
  • 20MorganBooked at 82mins
  • 3Buxton
  • 23Warnock
  • 19GarbuttSubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
  • 7GilbeySubstituted forJordi Gómezat 68'minutes
  • 16MacDonaldBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWildschutat 54'minutes
  • 25PowellBooked at 43mins
  • 17JacobsBooked at 66mins
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 15Flores
  • 21Davies
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 29Burke
  • 31Wildschut
  • 33Burn

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 3BidwellBooked at 38mins
  • 20HenryBooked at 42mins
  • 21Luongo
  • 8CousinsBooked at 13mins
  • 10CherySubstituted forBorysiukat 83'minutes
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 17Polter

Substitutes

  • 7Borysiuk
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 19El Khayati
  • 27Shodipo
  • 34Kakay
  • 37Paul
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
10,606

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by James Perch.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ariel Borysiuk.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross.

Foul by William Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Adam Bogdan tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ariel Borysiuk (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Morgan.

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt saved. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ariel Borysiuk replaces Tjaronn Chery.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic).

Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Luke Garbutt.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but William Grigg is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luke Garbutt (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Alex Gilbey.

Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic).

Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by William Grigg.

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Barnsley530212849
4Newcastle53028449
5QPR53028539
6Bristol City53027529
7Nottm Forest5302111109
8Brighton52218448
9Wolves52217438
10Birmingham52217528
11Ipswich52216518
12Norwich52216518
13Burton521210917
14Brentford52125417
15Reading521258-37
16Aston Villa51225505
17Cardiff512246-25
18Derby512213-25
19Sheff Wed512236-35
20Wigan51138804
21Leeds511359-44
22Rotherham5113312-94
23Preston510435-23
24Blackburn5014412-81
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