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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Brentford: Latics drop to 20th after being held by Bees

Gavin Massey
Gavin Massey could not add to his three goals this season for Wigan

Wigan slipped to two places above the Championship relegation zone as they failed to break down Brentford at the DW Stadium.

A quiet first half was lit up by Reece James' spectacular volley from around 30 yards which was tipped over by Brentford keeper Luke Daniels.

Daniels saved one-on-one from Gavin Massey soon after the restart while the Wigan attacker also had a header palmed away after an hour.

Wigan twice went close to grabbing a late winner but Anthony Pilkington's close-range finish was ruled offside before Chey Dunkley hit the angle of post and bar with a header.

Reading leapfrogged the Latics - who are now 20th - after their win over Preston, while Brentford remain in 13th position in the second tier.

Wigan have won just once in their last nine matches and are four points above Rotherham, who occupy the final relegation place.

Brentford, who began the season in free-scoring fashion which saw them challenge at the top of the table, have now failed to score in three games, picking up just one point from a possible nine.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook said:

"I thought it was a very interesting game. I think they're an excellent side who are very well coached.

"But in terms of penetration and effort, I did think we had the better chances.

"While there's a tinge of disappointment not to have won it, you have to respect the opposition and the league and it's a point towards where we want to be.

"Our lads gave everything once again and, as a manager, you can't ask for any more."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank said:

"It was a game of very few chances and I think it was a fair result.

"We can't get away from the fact Wigan had the better chances and we needed Luke Daniels to keep us level.

"Our normal fluent play between the lines just wasn't there and we weren't good enough to play around them.

"It's a positive point because earlier in the season we would have lost that game maybe 1-0. If you can't win, especially in this relentless league, you must not lose."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 6Fox
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 51mins
  • 12James
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseySubstituted forMcManamanat 87'minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 43'minutes
  • 41GarnerSubstituted forClarkeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15McManaman
  • 21Kipre
  • 23Jones
  • 28Clarke
  • 36Evans

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29BarbetBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBech Sörensenat 48'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Da SilvaSubstituted forMacLeodat 81'minutes
  • 2Odubajo
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forCanosat 75'minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 21Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 17Marcondes
  • 33Forss
  • 34Bech Sörensen
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
9,953

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Brentford 0.

Booking

Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford).

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Gavin Massey.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Said Benrahma (Brentford).

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

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

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

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Josh Da Silva.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mads Bech Sörensen.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Clarke replaces Joe Garner.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Reece James tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Ollie Watkins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Said Benrahma.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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