- English Football League - Championship
- Friday, September 21st 2018
- DW Stadium
James Crawley reports from DW Stadium
Report: Wigan Athletic 1-0 Bristol City
Friday, September 21st 2018
City fell to their second defeat this week, on a chilly evening at the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic scored the only goal of the game in the second half when Nick Powell headed in a Josh Windass cross.
Paul Cook’s side shut out Lee Johnson’s Robins for much of the second half, after what had been an open first period, although Famara Diédhiou saw a late close-range header saved as City pushed for an equaliser.
They suffered a scare late on too, when Tomas Kalas was forced off the pitch after a collision, although he left the pitch with a thumbs up to the crowd.
City pressed towards the end but couldn’t create an all-important equaliser, with the 1-0 scoreline seeing them drop down to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, ahead of the weekend's remaining fixtures.
Johnson made three changes to the side which kicked-off at West Brom on Tuesday night, with Jamie Paterson, Diédhiou and Niclas Eliasson all restored to the starting XI.
It was an end-to-end start in the north west, with Andreas Weimann the first to be put through and the Austrian forward will have been disappointed not to have had got a shot on goal. Antonee Robinson initially did well to win back possession for Wigan but his back-pass to Christian Walton was short as Weimann raced on to the ball. However, his first touch let him down allowing the recovering Cedric Kipre to get back and make the challenge.
Loud appeals for a Wigan penalty followed when Jack Hunt used his strength to come across Michael Jacobs. The Latics man went down under the challenge but the referee immediately waved play on.
Diédhiou did manage a sight on goal but his shot was easily blocked when he had the options of Josh Brownhill to his left and Weimann waiting for a through ball to his right, before Paterson fired off-target with an audacious overhead volley.
Wigan soon grew into the contest and perhaps edged the second period of the opening half. Jacobs turned into space and drilled an effort narrowly over Niki Mäenpää’s goal, before miscommunication between Marlon Pack and Lloyd Kelly nearly led to a goal but Powell dragged shot wide from the edge of the area.
Jacobs was proving a threat as the home side looked to find success down the flanks; he got to the byline before a low, dangerous cross was cleared by the well-positioned Kelly, despite an apparent foul on Eliasson in the build-up.
But the impressive Kelly was almost on the scoresheet as the half drew to a close. City threatened with a succession of corners and the England Under-20 international guided a header towards goal but it was comfortable for Walton.
WIGAN START BRIGHTER
The hosts looked on top after the break and threatened to break the deadlock when Windass sent a looping header narrowly over the City crossbar.
But with their tails up, the Latics grabbed their goal through Powell who guided Windass’ cross into the far corner, leaving Mäenpää helpless.
Johnson looked to his attacking options in Callum O’Dowda and Marley Watkins as the visitors needed a response. To their credit, City soon found more success with forward passing moves but lacked a cutting edge.
Weimann went close once more with a curled effort but Walton saw it wide at full stretch with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Chelsea loanee Kalas was shortly forced off the pitch after a collision, with Nathan Baker getting his first minutes of the season as his replacement. Fortunately for the travelling City supporters, Kalas was quickly back on his feet and departed the pitch with a thumbs up to the 10,000 strong crowd.
CITY'S LATE PRESSURE
While Windass would blaze wide, at the other end it was Weimann who sent a glancing header spinning the wrong side of Walton’s far post, after a good cross from Kelly.
City did well to put the home side under the cosh late on as they threw bodies forward, and there was drama at the end as Adam Webster wriggled forward into the box. He skipped to his right but got caught in two minds between passing and shooting, opting to find a teammate at the moment Wigan were able to block and clear, before O’Dowda fired off-target.
And at the death, a Pack free kick was helped on by Baker and Diédhiou's close range header fell straight to the relieved Walton.
City will look to get back to winning ways when they host Aston Villa in BS3 next Friday (September 28th, 7.45pm).
- Powell (52')
- Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Joe Garner
- Tomas Kalas, Niclas Eliasson, Jamie Paterson