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Wigan Athletic 1-2 Leeds United: Pablo Hernandez & Kemar Roofe send Leeds top

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
Kemar Roofe
Kemar Roofe scored his seventh goal of the season to send Leeds back to the top of the table

Leeds United recovered from going a goal behind to beat Wigan Athletic and return to the top of the Championship.

The Latics, celebrating the Whelan family's 23-year association with the club in what is set to be their final game, went ahead through Reece James' fine curling free-kick.

But Leeds were level within three minutes when the influential Pablo Hernandez tapped in from close range.

Marcelo Bielsa's side completed the turnaround less than a minute into the second half, Kemar Roofe capitalising on a defensive mix-up to walk the ball into an empty net.

Wigan never seriously threatened to level the contest and Leeds, impressing with their possession-based style, bossed the ball to see the game out with relative ease.

Their fourth away win of the season takes them to the summit of the table, leapfrogging previous leaders Norwich City on goal difference.

But that five different teams have topped the Championship in the past fortnight only emphasises how tight the division remains - and just five points separate the top eight.

The end of an era for the Whelan family

Dave Whelan
Dave Whelan, joined in the directors' box by former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, received a standing ovation from the home fans

It was a day of celebration at the DW Stadium, with the Whelan family set to transfer their controlling stake in the club to Hong Kong-based International Entertainment Corporation during the next week.

The takeover will see David Sharpe step down as chairman and he was joined at the match by grandfather Dave Whelan, who first bought Wigan in 1995.

Their final game at the helm got off to the perfect start when James scored his first goal since 2016, but once Hernandez equalised the visitors always looked the superior side.

United's winner came in comical circumstances when Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton and Cedric Kipre both attempted to clear Hernandez's tame pass - but instead collided in calamitous fashion to allow Roofe the simplest of finishes.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Leeds are an excellent side, make no bones about that, we worked very hard in the game in our pursuit of trying to get a result.

"To lose such a key goal just after half time has a massive influence on the outcome of the game.

"Leeds had that bit of quality that regularly shone out in the game where we just seemed to lack that bit of confidence or quality when we most needed it."

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"The fact that we scored immediately after conceding the goal, we neutralised the effect of conceding the first goal very soon.

"If we have a look at the aspects of the game, possession, chances conceded to the opponents, chances we had to score a goal, we could play our football, we could impose our style.

"The win is very important as we drew at home (last week) so it was important to win the next game to follow the pace we want to follow."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Burn
  • 3Robinson
  • 2Byrne
  • 4GibsonSubstituted forVaughanat 85'minutes
  • 5MorsyBooked at 90mins
  • 20NaismithSubstituted forDa Silva Lopesat 70'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 41GarnerSubstituted forMcManamanat 64'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 8Vaughan
  • 15McManaman
  • 16MacDonald
  • 19Da Silva Lopes
  • 22Dunkley
  • 23Jones
  • 36Evans

Leeds

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Phillips
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Forshaw
  • 3DouglasBooked at 90mins
  • 19HernándezBooked at 57mins
  • 7Roofe
  • 10Alioski

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 14Sáiz
  • 22Harrison
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
14,799

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Leeds United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Leeds United 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

  7. Post update

    Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Booking

    Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Mateusz Klich.

  13. Booking

    Barry Douglas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

  17. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces Darron Gibson.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 4th November 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds1686228131530
2Norwich169342417730
3Sheff Utd169252719829
4Middlesbrough16772178928
5Derby168442517828
6Nottm Forest166822316726
7West Brom167453324925
8Blackburn166731920-125
9Swansea166551813523
10Birmingham165832017323
11QPR167271520-523
12Bristol City166462018222
13Brentford165652520521
14Aston Villa165652423121
15Stoke165651920-121
16Wigan166281924-520
17Sheff Wed165472130-919
18Rotherham164571322-917
19Millwall164481925-616
20Bolton164481122-1116
21Preston163672530-515
22Reading164392227-515
23Hull164391321-815
24Ipswich161781226-1410
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