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Wigan Athletic 0-3 Birmingham City: Blues enjoy clinical away win

Che Adams
Birmingham's Che Adams scored for the third time in four matches

Birmingham City clinically saw off Wigan Athletic to earn a third win in five Championship matches.

Che Adams slotted Blues in front after combining well with his strike partner Lukas Jutkiewicz, before Michael Morrison tucked in from a corner in first-half stoppage time.

Jacques Maghoma nodded in the third for the visitors from Jutkiewicz's header towards goal after a cross by Wes Harding.

Cedric Kipre flicked a header on to the woodwork for the hosts later in the second half, but they were second best.

The result left Wigan with just one win in 10 games, in 18th place and six points above the relegation zone, while Garry Monk's side moved up to eighth.

In-form striker Adams' goal was his 11th of the season and his sixth in his past seven appearances.

After Morrison doubled the Blues' lead - with around 4,500 jubilant travelling fans watching on - the result rarely appeared in doubt.

Birmingham have now scored in eight consecutive away league matches, doing so for the first time since 2015.

Wigan manager Paul Cook:

"The fact is we've had 18 great months here, it's been such a fantastic ride with so many highs.

"I can't remember too many times I've been in that tunnel after a game feeling the way I did today.

"If I, as a manager, want to go further in the game, it's up to me to prove I can come up with the answers. Coming out after a game spouting a load of nonsense won't get me there.

"Nobody hands you anything in this division and it's up to us to work out a way of turning things around."

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"I thought it was a very professional performance. We were clinical and showed good game management.

"We know that if we can get at the back fours we have good enough players to make ourselves chances. They had their moments but in the second half we took control of it.

"We were good at both ends, we dealt with their free kicks well and we looked a threat from our own. We stepped it up a level in terms of the standard.

"We had 4,500 fans come to support us today. To get that many at this time of year is fantastic and we wanted to repay them with three points."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33BurnBooked at 90mins
  • 20Naismith
  • 2ByrneSubstituted forMasseyat 59'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 18Roberts
  • 10WindassSubstituted forGarnerat 70'minutes
  • 8VaughanSubstituted forGriggat 48'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Grigg
  • 11Massey
  • 15McManaman
  • 22Dunkley
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
  • 41Garner

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 5Colin
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forJotaat 45'minutes
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forGardnerat 76'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 64mins
  • 9Adams
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forBogleat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 23Jota
  • 24Scarr
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
13,774

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Birmingham City 3.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Wes Harding (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Che Adams.

Booking

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Omar Bogle (Birmingham City).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces Gary Gardner.

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harlee Dean with a headed pass.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Josh Windass.

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Booking

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

goal

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