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Wigan Athletic 1-0 Rotherham United: James Vaughan extends Millers' away woes

James Vaughan
James Vaughan's goal was his second of the season for Wigan

Wigan's James Vaughan scored the only goal as Rotherham suffered their third away defeat of the new season.

Vaughan forced the ball home after goalkeeper Marek Rodak failed to hold Callum McManaman's initial effort.

Rodak had earlier kept the Millers on level terms with a superb double stop to deny Callum Connolly and McManaman.

Ryan Williams went close to an equaliser with a low effort from Kyle Vassell's cross, but Christian Walton made a fine fingertip save.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne's plans were disrupted early when they lost defender Sean Raggett to injury, with Clark Robertson coming on his place.

After Joe Mattock blocked a goalbound effort by Connolly, Josh Windass was only inches away from an opener for Wigan when his free-kick flew just wide of the top corner.

Ryan Manning tested Walton with a 25-yard attempt just before the break and the keeper had to save again from Mattock's effort following a free-kick early in the second half.

Substitute Vaughan, though, had the decisive say as he toe-poked the ball over the line and Wigan held out fairly comfortably for all three points.

Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson said:

"It was certainly a hard-fought victory.

"Rotherham made us work tirelessly for it, as we knew they would do.

"But our lads dug in and we really earned the win."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne said:

"I'm obviously biased, but I'm also honest and I thought we were the better side in the second half.

"Against an excellent Wigan side, who played Stoke off the park last week, I'm proud of the effort and how we went toe to toe with them.

"But at the same time I'm very disappointed to come away with nothing."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21KipreBooked at 80mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 57mins
  • 26Connolly
  • 25PowellSubstituted forMcManamanat 60'minutes
  • 10WindassSubstituted forGarnerat 90+1'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVaughanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 41Garner

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 26RaggettSubstituted forRobertsonat 19'minutes
  • 6WoodBooked at 45minsSubstituted forProctorat 77'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorBooked at 5minsSubstituted forVassellat 59'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 5Ajayi
  • 17Manning
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 38mins
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 13Towell
  • 15Robertson
  • 19Vassell
  • 22Newell
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
9,584

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 0.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Josh Windass.

Hand ball by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

Attempt missed. Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Rotherham United 0. James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Callum Connolly.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lee Evans.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Smith.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds64201441014
2Middlesbrough642092714
3Sheff Utd6402128412
4Derby6402108212
5Brentford6321126611
6Swansea632175211
7Bolton632188011
8West Brom6312159610
9Wigan6312118310
10Sheff Wed631299010
11Blackburn52306429
12Aston Villa6231111109
13Bristol City52217528
14Nottm Forest61418807
15Rotherham6204511-66
16Millwall612368-25
17Stoke6123711-45
18Preston612359-45
19Birmingham604246-24
20Norwich5113811-34
21Hull6114611-54
22QPR6114313-104
23Reading602459-42
24Ipswich502348-42
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