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Wigan 1-0 Millwall: Shaun Hutchinson own goal boosts Latics' survival bid

Wigan's Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington provided the decisive cross for Wigan's match-winning goal

Shaun Hutchinson's own goal gave Wigan's Championship survival chances a boost as they beat Millwall at the DW Stadium.

The Latics began the day three points from safety but a slice of luck brought them their eighth win of the season.

Anthony Pilkington's cross was turned into his own net by Hutchinson 12 minutes into the second half and it was enough to hand Paul Cook's side victory.

It was just Millwall's second defeat from their last 10 away games and, after an impressive win at Preston last week, a blow in their push for the play-offs as they slipped back to seven points from sixth in the table.

At the start of the game, Wigan had dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the top four tiers of English football, so their single goal lead was far from secure.

But they clung on to move two points from safety with Leon Balogun making an important block as the clock ticked down and bodies thrown in the way of a Mahlon Romeo shot.

The ball did not fall for Millwall in several promising situations, but Tom Bradshaw had no excuse when he could only poke wide when Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall dropped Jed Wallace's cross.

And inside the final 10 minutes, another dangerous ball from Wallace bounced inside the six yard box but no-one could find a finish.

Wigan manager Paul Cook:

"I thought in general we were good, against a very strong side who were on a fantastic run of results.

"We defended well, we knew we'd get put under pressure in the last 10 minutes if we were in front.

"We didn't have an extra centre-back on the bench to bring on, the lads had to stand up for themselves. And I'm delighted with how they did that."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC London:

"The game meant an awful lot to Wigan and I didn't feel we quite matched their desperation to get a result.

"I wasn't sure we worked hard enough on the attacking side of our game, I didn't feel we stepped in with as much drive and pace and zip. We just looked a little bit flat.

"In the second half, when we did make changes, we showed a bit more desperation, drive and desire. My only question is why do we wait until we're 1-0 down?"

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 21KipreBooked at 89mins
  • 37Balogun
  • 33Naismith
  • 20Williams
  • 5Morsy
  • 7PilkingtonSubstituted forGelhardtat 76'minutes
  • 9LoweSubstituted forEvansat 86'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 19Moore

Substitutes

  • 8Evans
  • 11Massey
  • 12Pearce
  • 14Garner
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 38Gelhardt

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15PearceSubstituted forBennettat 64'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 12Romeo
  • 16MolumbyBooked at 37mins
  • 19Woods
  • 3WallaceBooked at 43mins
  • 7WallaceBooked at 2mins
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMahoneyat 78'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 20Bennett
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 42Mitchell
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
9,639

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Millwall 0.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

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

Foul by Mason Bennett (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Mason Bennett (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Millwall. Mahlon Romeo tries a through ball, but Connor Mahoney is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Mason Bennett (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo.

Attempt missed. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Lee Evans replaces Jamal Lowe.

Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jamal Lowe.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Mason Bennett (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Murray Wallace.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Mason Bennett (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jayson Molumby (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Mason Bennett replaces Alex Pearce.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo with a cross.

Attempt missed. Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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