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Brentford 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Neal Maupay brace sinks 10-man Latics

Neal Maupay scoring for Brentford
Neal Maupay is the Championship's top scorer with seven goals in six matches

Brentford's Neal Maupay scored twice on his return from a three-match ban as the hosts comfortably beat 10-man Wigan in the Championship.

Maupay's opening goal came on 24 minutes as the Championship's top scorer latched on to Said Benrahma's pass before placing the ball beyond Latics keeper Christian Walton.

Wigan were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Sam Morsy was shown a straight red card for his part in a clash with Brentford's Yoann Barbet.

Minutes later Maupay doubled his tally after Wigan failed to clear a corner kick before the hosts held on for a fourth successive home league win.

Brentford were almost ahead after 30 seconds when Romaine Sawyers saw his effort saved smartly by Latics keeper Walton.

Walton then denied Maupay moments later, saving low to his right as the hosts dominated the early exchanges.

The Bees continued their dominance and could have doubled their lead sooner on 32 minutes but for a fantastic double save from Walton, first to deny Maupay and then Lewis Macleod.

Brentford now rise to second in the Championship while Wigan fall to 11th.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith said:

"It was a very satisfying win because Wigan are a good footballing side and I knew they would be a test for us, but from the first few minutes we were very aggressive in the way we went about them and I knew we were on it from the start.

"We knew they wouldn't sit back and for us to create chances we needed to be quick on the ball. And we were."

Wigan boss Paul Cook said:

"I've got no complaints about the result at all. Brentford were excellent today, created chances and carved us open.

"They are the best team we have met this season by far. If there are positives I'd say they are that our keeper was excellent and we don't have to come here again this season. Having said that, we'll probably get them in the cup."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 59mins
  • 26Konsa
  • 6MephamSubstituted forJeanvierat 74'minutes
  • 29Barbet
  • 10McEachran
  • 19Sawyers
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forJudgeat 73'minutes
  • 4MacLeod
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 50mins
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forCanosat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canos
  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 18Judge
  • 20Clarke
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 89mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 58mins
  • 26Connolly
  • 25PowellBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGarnerat 67'minutes
  • 10WindassBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 80'minutes
  • 8VaughanSubstituted forGibsonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 4Gibson
  • 9Grigg
  • 15McManaman
  • 17Jacobs
  • 23Jones
  • 41Garner
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
9,951

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Reece James.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Evans.

Attempt missed. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Judge following a set piece situation.

Booking

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.

Offside, Brentford. Josh McEachran tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Josh Windass.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Julian Jeanvier replaces Chris Mepham because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Mepham (Brentford) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Said Benrahma.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Neal Maupay.

Chris Mepham (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darron Gibson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Nick Powell.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds74301551015
2Brentford7421146814
3Bristol City7421126614
4Middlesbrough742193614
5Sheff Utd7403129312
6Swansea733175212
7Derby7403109112
8West Brom73221610611
9Sheff Wed73221111011
10Bolton7322910-111
11Wigan73131110110
12Aston Villa72411212010
13Blackburn724189-110
14Rotherham7304611-59
15Nottm Forest71518808
16Norwich72231012-28
17Hull7214811-37
18QPR7214514-97
19Millwall713379-26
20Stoke7133913-46
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston7124712-55
24Ipswich7034511-63
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