Latics suffer home defeat to Birmingham City to close out 2018 at the DW Stadium.
- Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0 – 3 Birmingham City
- Goals from Che Adams, Michael Morrison and Jacques Maghoma see Birmingham City win at the DW Stadium
- Birmingham climb up to 8th in the Championship, Latics drop to 18th
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
BIRMINGHAM CITY 3
Attendance: 13,774 (4,593 away)
Latics closed out 2018 in front of their home fans with a disappointing defeat to Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship.
Goals from Che Adams, Michael Morrison and Jacques Maghoma earned all three points for Garry Monk’s side with Latics well beaten.
Paul Cook returned James Vaughan and Kal Naismith to the starting XI for the visit of Birmingham and the former was involved from the off as he played in Josh Windass on the right side, but his effort was wide with pressure on the shoulder taking him off balance.
Latics continued with their bright start when Gary Roberts went on a mazy run and beat three Birmingham players but saw his dangerous cross cleared just in front of the visitors’ goal.
However, the good start was undone when Lukas Jutkiewicz and Adams linked up on the edge of Latics’ penalty area before the latter finished beyond Christian Walton.
Minutes later, Latics were disappointed not to have a penalty as Cedric Kipre looked to be tripped in the area following a set-piece but referee Ross Joyce was unmoved.
Latics continued their response when Naismith broke on the left and forced Lee Camp into a near post save but, as has been the case in recent weeks, the finishing touch continued to evade Cook’s side.
Birmingham’s second couldn’t have come at a worse time as right on the stroke of half-time the visitors took a real position of strength when Morrison headed in a corner at the back post.
After the restart, Dan Burn looked for a goal against his former club when Roberts sent in a left-footed cross but Morrison cleared bravely under pressure.
Windass then had a golden chance to respond but he headed off target from a Reece James cross on the hour mark.
Immediately after at the other end, Wes Harding’s cross was headed goal-bound by Jutkiewicz and Maghoma steered it beyond Walton at close range.
Kipre hit the bar from another James delivery as the half wore on but in truth Latics struggled to get beyond the Blues’ backline and drop to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship.
Latics: Walton, Byrne (Massey 58), Morsy (Capt), Vaughan (Grigg, 47), Windass (Garner 70), James, Roberts, Naismith, Kipre, Burn, Evans
Subs: Jones, McManaman, Dunkley, Connolly.
Birmingham City: Camp, Morrison (Capt), Jutkiewicz (Bogle 70), G.Gardner (C. Gardner 75), Maghoma, Colin, Dean, Kieftenbeld, Adams, Harding, Mahoney (Jota 45).
Subs: Trueman, Scarr, Dacres-Cogley, Lakin