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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Jay Rodriguez double wins it for Baggies

Jay Rodriguez headed in strike partner Dwight Gayle's cross for the first of his two goals, which took him to 12 for the season
Jay Rodriguez headed in strike partner Dwight Gayle's cross for the first of his two goals, which took him to 12 for the season

Jay Rodriguez struck twice as West Bromwich Albion maintained their automatic promotion hopes in the Championship by beating Wigan Athletic.

On a day when second-placed Norwich City could only draw, the Baggies stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a comfortable victory.

That moves Darren Moore's third-placed side to within three points of Norwich, but still six behind leaders Leeds United.

Victory came at a cost for Albion, who lost 13-goal top scorer Dwight Gayle to a hamstring injury after he had crossed to set up the eighth-minute headed opener for Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez needed no help for the second, latching onto a loose ball to turn and blast home a 25-yard right-foot volley, which went through Christian Walton's despairing dive, beating the Latics keeper for sheer pace.

That takes Rodriguez to 12 goals for the season, back to within one of Gayle, who hit a hat-trick in Saturday's 4-0 win at Rotherham.

The closest Paul Cook's Wigan came to scoring was not until the 86th minute when Reece James slammed a 25-yard free-kick against the foot of the post.

The Latics' fourth straight defeat drops them to 19th, within four points of the relegation zone, to add to a poor run in which they have won only once in 11 games and taken a solitary point from their past 10 away matches.

West Brom manager Darren Moore on match-winner Jay Rodriguez:

"I am really pleased for Jay. He showed his power today and he did some incredible work for the team off the ball and he worked tirelessly.

"Jay is a great character in the dressing room and a wonderful person, a humble man. You could put Jay in any one of the 11 positions and he will perform to the best of his ability.

"They were two great finishes and he gave us three valuable points. If there is any (transfer) interest (in Rodriguez) I can't stop that.

"Me and Jay were players together at Barnsley and his appetite now is the same as it was then. He has a real zest about him. He is a joy to work with."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"It is tough for us at the moment but the lads are giving everything that they have got. Our season won't be defined by today.

"We can take great encouragement from the game in general and how we played. For an away team I felt we did enough to possibly get something out of the game.

"It is a very tough league and we have got to do our best come the end of the season to make sure that we retain our status and I am very confident that we will.

"We have to keep going. You have to go through pain in football. We have had plenty of good times at Wigan and now we are having a little bit of rain through the roof and we must fix the roof."

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Johnstone
  • 24Tosin
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3GibbsBooked at 57minsSubstituted forBruntat 81'minutes
  • 10Phillips
  • 18Barry
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 71'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 10'minutes
  • 15Barnes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 6Sako
  • 7Morrison
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 34Harper

Wigan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Burn
  • 11MasseySubstituted forEvansat 76'minutes
  • 26ConnollyBooked at 17mins
  • 5Morsy
  • 20Naismith
  • 10WindassSubstituted forMcManamanat 54'minutes
  • 41GarnerBooked at 28minsSubstituted forGriggat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 4Gibson
  • 9Grigg
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 36Evans
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
25,555

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Evans following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Phillips.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Reece James.

  10. Post update

    Reece James (Wigan Athletic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

  12. Post update

    Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

  17. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Kieran Gibbs.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds24156342222051
2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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