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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Brentford

Wigan manager Warren Joyce
Warren Joyce's Wigan have now won their last three games in all competitions

Wigan recorded back-to-back Championship victories and climbed out of the relegation zone with a win against Brentford.

Sam Morsy fired the hosts into a first-half lead with an effort from 20 yards out moments after he had struck a post.

Their lead was doubled within minutes when a Will Grigg effort was saved by Dan Bentley only for Brentford defender Harlee Dean to deflect in the rebound.

Brentford claimed a late consolation when Jota bundled in from close range.

Wigan climb to 21st and above fellow strugglers Burton Albion on goal difference, who they beat 2-0 away last Saturday.

Brentford remain 15th but have lost back-to-back Championship matches and three of their past six league games.

They were without striker and leading scorer Scott Hogan for the trip to the DW Stadium, who is understood to be close to joining Premier League side West Ham.

Aside from substitute Jota's late goal, Andreas Bjelland came closest to scoring for the Bees when his header from a corner was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Wigan goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard.

Wigan manager Warren Joyce told BBC Radio Manchester: "We've just got to take one game at a time and keep trying to do the right things and make sure that we're doing the right things in training next week.

"I thought there were a lot of good performances today. To a man, everybody contributed well and it was a really good team effort.

"Jakob Haugaard made a great save in the second half and he'll be disappointed to concede late when the ball was bouncing around the area."

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Radio London: "It's very frustrating. We've picked exactly the same side which played so very well against Newcastle last week and then today, it's a 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance.

"I felt we got out-battled today and that's the disappointing part of it. We're a good footballing team, but teams aren't going to let us play all the time.

"Wigan did a job on us and got in our faces, stopped us playing and the surface isn't great here. We didn't pass it as well as we can and caused ourselves problems.

"That's very unlike us, I don't think we've put in a performance like that in a long while."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 28Haugaard
  • 12Connolly
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonaldBooked at 36mins
  • 6PowerSubstituted forLe Fondreat 85'minutes
  • 8Morsy
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 76'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 9GriggSubstituted forMorganat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Le Fondre
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 27Colclough
  • 43Browne

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 14EganSubstituted forHofmannat 63'minutes
  • 6Dean
  • 5Bjelland
  • 2Colin
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forJotaat 56'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 8Yennaris
  • 30Field
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forClarkeat 75'minutes
  • 21Vibe

Substitutes

  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 20Clarke
  • 23Jota
  • 29Barbet
  • 32Cole
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
10,244

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Brentford 1.

Attempt blocked. Tom Field (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Morgan replaces William Grigg.

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Brentford 1. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Adam Le Fondre replaces Max Power.

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun MacDonald.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by William Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces David Perkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Connolly.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs tries a through ball, but Max Power is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jakob Haugaard.

Attempt saved. Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nico Yennaris with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces John Egan.

Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Field.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton26176342182457
3Huddersfield2715483230249
4Leeds27153937271048
5Reading2614483836246
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2712782721643
8Barnsley27125104641541
9Fulham261010644311340
10Norwich27124114540540
11Preston2711793734340
12Birmingham2791083136-537
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2797112833-534
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2696113140-933
17QPR2796122637-1133
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19Nottm Forest2786133845-730
20Bristol City2783163539-427
21Wigan2767142432-825
22Burton2767142637-1125
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2744192760-3316
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