Goals from Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney earn sublime Latics a 4-0 win on the road at AFC Wimbledon.
- Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 0 – 4 Wigan Athletic
- Second-half goals from Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney earn 4-0 win.
- Latics remain top of Sky Bet League One and will go into Christmas Day as league leaders.
AFC WIMBLEDON 0
Wigan Athletic will be top of Sky Bet League One on Christmas Day after a sublime display of finishing, technique and endeavour saw Paul Cook’s side beat AFC Wimbledon 4-0.
Despite a flurry of first-half chances going unrewarded, Latics were clinical in the second 45 as Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney struck to earn a third straight win for Cook’s men.
Latics made one change from their last league outing against Fleetwood Town with Gavin Massey replacing Ryan Colclough, who is still recovering from an illness.
It was Massey who went closest in the early stages when he latched on to Powell’s clinical reverse pass in the right channel but shot narrowly wide of George Long’s right-hand post.
At the other end, Jonathan Meades will no doubt feel he should have done better from Lyle Taylor’s near-post corner as he headed back towards the corner taker despite getting in front of his man at the near post.
Latics created a wonderful chance as the match progressed towards the half hour mark; Massey’s near post cross being headed towards goal powerfully only for Long to parry away with Lee Evans’ follow-up going just wide.
Evans then forced Long into a save from range before Samy Morsy saw his close-range effort from a Jacobs pull-back deflected behind for a Latics corner.
The second-half proved a completely different story for Latics, who showed their attacking prowess and clinical nature with a display of sheer class.
The first goal came from Jacobs, who drove home inside the box after a superb Powell pass fed Massey in the left channel, who equally provided a fine cut back for Crackers to score his seventh goal of the season.
Harry Forrester was sent off for Wimbledon on 69 minutes and from then Latics went into pure domination.
15 minutes later and Latics’ second was all about Powell. On the ground he scored his first professional goal six years ago, he skipped away from Anthony Hartington and fired a powerful left-footed drive beyond Long, who had no chance.
10 minutes from time Power, who hadn’t scored for Latics since March 2016, thundered home a 25-yard free-kick beyond the despairing dive of Long for 3-0.
Substitute Toney in the final minute of the 90 marked his 150th career appearance with a break from the halfway line on the counter attack.
A superb away performance and just reward for the travelling supporters who made the long trip down to Kingston-upon-Thames.
AFC Wimbledon: Long; Fuller, Charles, Oshilaja, Meades; Trotter, Forrester, Soares (Hartington 72); McDonald (Appiah 72), Barcham, Taylor.
Subs: McDonnell, Robinson, Abdou, Kaja, Kennedy.
Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy, Evans; Massey (Power 70), Powell (Hunt 85), Jacobs; Grigg (Toney 89).
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, Bruce, Roberts.