A round-up of the action from Latics' players out on loan.
- Huws, Taylor and Mckay feature in New Year action.
- Huddersfield and Reading winners, as Dundee United fall to more defeats.
- Jennings' Cheltenham fixture postponed, Cosgrove and O'Brien unused.
It was a quieter weekend for Wigan Athletic players out on loan over the New Year, with youngsters Sam Cosgrove and Danny O'Brien not used by Chorley and Wrexham in what was their final match at their respective clubs. Ryan Jennings was also missing from the weekend's action, with his club Cheltenham Town falling foul to the bad weather, with their match against Kidderminster Harriers called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
In action were Emyr Huws, Andrew Taylor and Billy Mckay, with contrasting fortunes as reported below, starting with the Scottish Premiership.
HEARTS 3 DUNDEE UNITED 2 - BILLY MCKAY
DUNDEE 2 DUNDEE UNITED 1 - BILLY MCKAY
0-1 | #HMFCDUFC | 2' | GOOOOOOAL FOR UNITED! McKay blasts in the penalty!— DUFC LIVE UPDATES (@DUFCLive) December 30, 2015
It's been a tough season for Dundee United, and the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 were just as cruel to the bottom side in the Scottish Premiership. A 3-2 defeat away to Hearts on 30 December was followed by a 2-1 loss in the Tayside Derby on Saturday, with United finishing both matches with 10 men.
Last week's 3-2 defeat saw Billy Mckay hand his side the lead just two minutes in, converting from the penalty spot for his ninth of the season, but by the half an hour mark Hearts had taken a 3-1 lead.
United pulled a goal back just before half time, but were down to 10 men in first half stoppage time when Mark Durnan was given his marching orders. Mckay was substituted at the break.
Saturday's defeat came as even more of a blow for Mixu Paatelainen's side, a 2-1 loss to rivals Dundee in which they took an early lead. Mckay featured for the full 90 minutes, but team mate Guy Demel didn't last the course, being the second United player in consecutive matches to be sent off.
Dundee United remain rooted to the foot of the Scottish Premiership on 10 points, 13 behind Hamilton Academical who occupy the safety spot in 10th place.
READING 1 BRISTOL CITY 0 - ANDREW TAYLOR
SUB: Final change and it's an attacking one. Robson-Kanu on for Taylor. pic.twitter.com/kcI0wRAnfr— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 2, 2016
Andrew Taylor returned to the Reading starting line-up following a short-term injury, but was replaced in the 73rd minute by Hal Robson-Kanu in a close fought encounter at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals left it late to secure victory, Nick Blackman netting in the first minute of second half stoppage time to leave his side 12th in the Sky Bet Championship on 33 points, eight points behind Ipswich Town in the final place off place.
BOLTON WANDERERS 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 - EMYR HUWS
Another loan player firmly back in action following injury was Emyr Huws, the midfielder featuring for 87 minutes as Huddersfield Town condemned Bolton Wanderers to a 2-0 home defeat.
Joe Lolley and Mustapha Carayol were on target for the Terriers, helping them to claim a total of seven points from nine available during the festive period, with the Yorkshire club tasting defeat just once in their last five outings.
Huddersfield currently occupy 18th place in the Championship, seven points above the drop zone.
CHELTENHAM TOWN P KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS P - RYAN JENNINGS
It was a quiet New Year for Ryan Jennings and Cheltenham Town, with their fixture at home to Kidderminster Harriers postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The lack of a match allowed Forest Green Rovers to close the gap at the top of the Vanarama National League to just four points, thanks to a 3-1 home victory over Torquay United.
SOUTHPORT 3 WREXHAM 2 - DANNY O'BRIEN
Danny O'Brien was an unused substitute in Wrexham's 3-2 defeat to Southport on Saturday. The Dragons took an early lead through Wes York, only to be pegged back by the first of two Louis Almond goals. The hosts took the lead, but were soon pegged back by James Gray, only for Southport to clinch all three points five minutes from time thanks to Almond's penalty.
Wrexham's recent poor form of three straight defeats has seen them drop to 11th in the National League, seven points behind the final play off spot.
O'Brien's spell with the club came to an end on Saturday, he featured twice from the bench.
AFC FYLDE 1 CHORLEY FC 0 - SAM COSGROVE
Sam Cosgrove's loan at Chorley FC also came to an end this weekend, with the striker not involved in the match day squad as the Magpies fell to a 1-0 defeat against high-flying AFC Fylde.
Danny Rowe's 83rd minute goal leaves Chorley 11th in the Vanarama National League North, 14 points behind Fylde who occupy a play off spot, and only seven points above the relegation zone.
Cosgrove scored once during his loan spell at Victory Park, the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Clitheroe in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.
Saturday 9 January: Huddersfield Town v Reading (The Emirates FA Cup) / Boreham Wood v Cheltenham Town (Vanarama National League) / Airdrieonians v Dundee United (Scottish Cup)