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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Stoke City: Potters held to 12th league draw of season

Wigan centre-half Chey Dunkley went close at the DW Stadium against Stoke with a first-half header
Wigan centre-half Chey Dunkley went close at the DW Stadium against Stoke with a first-half header

Wigan Athletic and Stoke City managed just five shots on target between them as they shared a drab goalless draw at the DW Stadium.

For Stoke, who have still won just once under new boss Nathan Jones, it was a 12th league draw of the season.

The Potters are 17th, now 12 points off a play-off place and 11 clear of relegation trouble.

Wigan, who have not lost in their past 10 league meetings with Stoke since May 2009, are five points - and two places - further back in 19th.

Stoke's Wales international midfielder Joe Allen came closest to breaking the deadlock when his last first-half shot deflected off Wigan defender Cedric Kipre and onto the outside of the post, while Wigan keeper Jamie Jones made a fingertip save from a Sam Clucas free-kick.

Wigan's best effort was a Reece James free-kick at the beginning of the second period, which was well saved by England keeper Jack Butland.

Not even the late return from injury of Wigan's joint-top scorer Nick Powell for the last 15 minutes after two and a half months out could tip the balance in the Latics' favour.

Stoke will have to check on defender Tom Edwards who went off on 37 minutes with a head injury after an elbow from Leon Clarke.

Wigan manager Paul Cook:

"It was a tough game, for both teams. A draw was a fair result. There were spells when both teams tried to gain control, without really managing to do that.

"Stoke certainly carry a threat, with the calibre of player they have, it's evident for all to see. The game was just lacking that moment of magic that would have won it.

"But every point in this league is gold. We've put ourselves in a position now where we can achieve what we wanted to at the start of the season.

"For any team in the division, to have a player like Nick Powell out for 11 weeks, they would suffer. He's such a talented player. It's invaluable to have him back for the last 14-15 matches."

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Stoke:

"I was happy with the performance but not the point. We should have taken all three. It was a solid team performance. We were very good without being excellent and looked a real theat.

"We created enough chances to have won, but we much more solid, and put in a professional performance at a tough place to come to.

"It was my first clean sheet and, in the week that Gordon Banks passed away, that's quite fitting.

"Tom Edwards took an elbow and we didn't want to take any chances with him. We had an able replacement on the bench in Moritz Bauer and there was no sense taking any chances."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 20Naismith
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forMasseyat 65'minutes
  • 12James
  • 5MorsyBooked at 82mins
  • 17Jacobs
  • 10WindassSubstituted forPowellat 73'minutes
  • 28ClarkeSubstituted forGarnerat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 11Massey
  • 15McManaman
  • 25Powell
  • 30Olsson
  • 36Evans
  • 41Garner

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30EdwardsSubstituted forBauerat 37'minutesBooked at 55mins
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 22Clucas
  • 38WoodsBooked at 61mins
  • 8Etebo
  • 4AllenBooked at 28mins
  • 7Ince
  • 10Vokes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forMcCleanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 5Williams
  • 11McClean
  • 17Shawcross
  • 19Berahino
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
9,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Stoke City 0.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Garner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Garner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michael Jacobs.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Batth (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Booking

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

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Bauer.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Leon Clarke.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gavin Massey.

Offside, Stoke City. Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Morsy following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Josh Windass.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Cheyenne Dunkley tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Danny Batth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Booking

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Stoke City).

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

goal

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