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Wigan Athletic 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Dale Stephens
Dale Stephens' first goal of the season saw Brighton claim a vital win in their promotion push

Dale Stephens' second-half strike earned Brighton victory at Wigan and took them second in the Championship.

Wigan created the better early chances, with Michael Jacobs' left-footed volley flying wide and Seagulls keeper David Stockdale saving Nick Powell's header.

But Brighton stood firm in defence and snatched the lead when Stephens slammed the ball home from the edge of the box.

And the visitors held on to consign Wigan to a seventh league loss this season.

The Latics remain in 23rd place despite having the better of the match and restricting the away side to very few chances.

Brighton's win takes them above Norwich, who lost at home to Preston, and keeps them within three points of leaders Newcastle.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell:

"It's extremely frustrating. We're working extremely hard and putting in good performances.

"If we were being outplayed, I could come in here and hold my hands up and say it's unacceptable. But when I see the players giving as much as they are, playing the way they, I just want them to believe in themselves a little bit more.

"When they get those opportunities, they have to be a bit more ruthless; they have to have belief in themselves that they can go and score goals and punish teams."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"We were far from at our best, particularly in that first half. I thought we gave the ball away far too easily.

"But sometimes it's like that, and there's no particular reason for that. When it's like that, you have to make sure you don't concede.

"I thought we were fortunate to come in at half-time 0-0, and that gave us a chance in that second half."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Bogdan
  • 32Burke
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17Jacobs
  • 6PowerBooked at 89mins
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forDaviesat 75'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forByrneat 33'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forLe Fondreat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10Byrne
  • 11Le Fondre
  • 12Knoyle
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 20Morgan
  • 21Davies
  • 22Jääskeläinen

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Saltor Grau
  • 18Goldson
  • 22Duffy
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forMurphyat 61'minutes
  • 21NorwoodSubstituted forStephensat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Sidwell
  • 8Skalak
  • 17Murray
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forPocognoliat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 6Stephens
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 15Murphy
  • 19Manu
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
10,430

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Hand ball by Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic).

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sébastien Pocognoli replaces Sam Baldock.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces David Perkins.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dan Burn.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Adam Le Fondre replaces William Grigg.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Reece Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle14101330111931
2Brighton14842189928
3Huddersfield149141612428
4Norwich148332619727
5Sheff Wed147341615124
6Bristol City147252115623
7Birmingham146531916323
8Reading146441518-322
9Preston146261817120
10Leeds146261415-120
11Brentford145451914519
12Barnsley146172522319
13QPR145451619-319
14Fulham144641618-218
15Burton144551818017
16Aston Villa143831414017
17Ipswich144551012-217
18Wolves144461617-116
19Nottm Forest144372427-315
20Cardiff144371322-915
21Derby14356711-414
22Blackburn143381422-812
23Wigan142571316-311
24Rotherham1413101433-196
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