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Northampton Town 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Nick Powell's early goal kept Wigan two points clear at the top of League One as they opened 2018 with a win over Northampton.

Powell struck after just five minutes and that ultimately proved the difference between the sides to keep the Latics clear of Shrewsbury at the summit and leave Northampton in the relegation zone.

It did not take long for Wigan to make their quality tell as Gavin Massey's right-wing cross was met by the onrushing Powell who planted his powerful header out of the reach of Matt Ingram.

Brendan Moloney's goal-saving challenge denied Will Grigg a second before Chey Dunkley rattled the crossbar from the following corner as Wigan dominated much of the game.

Their lead remained just one at half-time, though, and Chris Long threatened an equaliser when shooting wide straight after the restart.

Grigg was again off target at the other end in a more even second period but Northampton could not find an equaliser and Wigan extended their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 26Poole
  • 20Smith
  • 8Foley
  • 17McWilliamsSubstituted forHoskinsat 73'minutes
  • 29GrimesBooked at 76mins
  • 11PowellSubstituted forRichardsat 84'minutes
  • 22CrooksBooked at 25minsSubstituted forO'Tooleat 61'minutes
  • 19Long

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 3Buchanan
  • 7Waters
  • 9Richards
  • 14Hoskins
  • 21O'Toole
  • 37McGugan

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Burn
  • 26James
  • 5Morsy
  • 8Evans
  • 11MasseySubstituted forPowerat 70'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forToneyat 71'minutes
  • 17JacobsBooked at 69mins
  • 9GriggSubstituted forPerkinsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 6Power
  • 10Toney
  • 14Bruce
  • 18Roberts
  • 24Hunt
  • 31Sarkic
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
5,328

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Attempt missed. Chris Long (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Regan Poole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by George Smith (Northampton Town).

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. David Perkins replaces William Grigg.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Daniel Powell.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

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

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Shaun McWilliams.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ivan Toney replaces Nick Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Max Power replaces Gavin Massey.

Booking

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

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

(Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan25175350123856
2Shrewsbury25166333151854
3Blackburn25147445232249
4Scunthorpe26147537221549
5Bradford2615384234848
6Portsmouth26132113330341
7Rotherham26124104435940
8Peterborough2611694337639
9Charlton2510783232037
10Oxford Utd269894139235
11Doncaster2697102928134
12Fleetwood2696113640-433
13Blackpool2688103437-332
14Bristol Rovers26102143643-732
15Gillingham2671092729-231
16Plymouth2687112634-831
17Southend2687113042-1231
18Walsall257993134-330
19MK Dons2678112838-1029
20Oldham2677123948-928
21Wimbledon2576122231-927
22Northampton2665152046-2623
23Rochdale25410112535-1022
24Bury2545161938-1917
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