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Wigan 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Michael Jacobs scores twice for hosts

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Michael Jacobs (right) scored 12 goals last season

Last season's League One winners Wigan got the new campaign off to a positive start with a narrow victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Michael Jacobs gave the hosts the lead after a bright run from debutant Antonee Robinson before the Owls equalised through Atdhe Nuhiu's close range shot.

Jacobs restored Wigan's lead with a neat finish and Nick Powell added a third after the break when Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson could only parry another Jacobs effort.

Fernando Forestieri gave the visitors hope before Nuhiu was sent off late on for a poor challenge on Latics debutant Cedric Kipre.

Despite being a man light the Owls came close to grabbing an injury-time leveller but home keeper Christian Walton got down well to deny striker Steven Fletcher.

Wigan scored 89 goals as they won the League One title last season and they needed just 11 minutes to break the deadlock at the DW Stadium.

It was a bright opening day for the Latics and midfielder Jacobs in particular. The former Wolves man had not scored twice in a single league game since 2014 and could have had a hat-trick before the break had he not been denied by the crossbar.

Unlike the hosts, who named four debutants, Wednesday have not made a single summer signing and they could now rue Nuhiu's late piece of ill-discipline which leaves him facing a ban.

Wigan manager Paul Cook: "It was just a great advert for football wasn't it?

"Probably the sending-off tainted it a little bit at the end, but the game was played in a very good spirit.

"It had everything you'd want when you go to a football match...goals, entertainment, hitting the woodwork, goals disallowed."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay: "I was surprised with the lack of stability we had in our defending.

"We've had so much progression over the last few months since the end of last season, and today we gave so many chances away.

"This is not what we can do. We have to be much better and we have to get better very quickly."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 84mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 4GibsonSubstituted forVaughanat 70'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseySubstituted forMcManamanat 82'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forPowerat 70'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 6Power
  • 8Vaughan
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 20Naismith
  • 23Jones

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 15Lees
  • 4van AkenBooked at 44minsSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 61'minutes
  • 36Pudil
  • 2PalmerBooked at 34mins
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forFletcherat 87'minutes
  • 10BannanBooked at 86mins
  • 20Reach
  • 17NuhiuBooked at 90mins
  • 45Forestieri

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 9Fletcher
  • 18Lucas João
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 41Lee
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
14,207

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Joey Pelupessy.

Booking

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Gavin Massey.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Tom Lees is caught offside.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas João.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by William Grigg with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece James.

James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by William Grigg with a headed pass.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Max Power replaces Nick Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces Darron Gibson.

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas João.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.

Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

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2Wigan11003213
3Bolton11002113
4Derby11002113
5Swansea11002113
6Preston11001013
7Birmingham10102201
8Blackburn10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Middlesbrough10102201
11Millwall10102201
12Norwich10102201
13Bristol City10101101
14Nottm Forest10101101
15Aston Villa00000000
16Hull00000000
17Leeds00000000
18Stoke00000000
19Sheff Wed100123-10
20Reading100112-10
21Sheff Utd100112-10
22West Brom100112-10
23QPR100101-10
24Rotherham100115-40
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