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5 May 2018

Latics crowned Sky Bet League One Champions after 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers takes Paul Cook's side on to 98 points at the top of the table.

  • Match Report: Doncaster Rovers 0 - 1 Wigan Athletic
  • Will Grigg scores the only goal of the game to take Latics to the title
  • 98 points, record away wins in a season, most clean sheets in a season, record goals scored in all competitions since 1978 - Latics' 2017-18 team head back to the Sky Bet Championship.


Grigg 75'

Attendance: 12,057 (4,103 away)

Paul Cook's record-breaking Latics crowned a stunning 2017-18 season by securing the Sky Bet League One title on Saturday afternoon.

Will Grigg's goal was decisive as Latics moved to 98 points in an extraordinary camapign in which they have won more away games than ever before, kept more clean sheets and scored more goals.right behind 

Cook's side deserve all of the praise coming their way and Saturday's celebrations with 4,103 travelling supporters were special and iconic in our history.

For the game itself, Latics made two changes with Gavin Massey and Nick Powell returning to the starting XI in place of Gary Roberts and Ryan Colclough, who were on the bench.

Both sides tested the water in the opening stages, with neither able to gain full control of possession on a difficult pitch, but Massey and Michael Jacobs sparked life into the first half with a clever exchange on the left, the pair linking up after Massey moved over to join Jacobs midway through the half.

Nathan Byrne provided the first flash point of the game on the half an hour mark when he chopped inside from the right and darted between Doncaster defenders into the area, but as they squeezed together, Byrne tumbled outside the six yard box... goal kick given.

Jacobs and Massey began to combine over and over again as the half played out, with the latter rolling an effort low at former Latics Development Squad goalkeeper Marko Marosi.

Samy Morsy got in on the act with the half closing out, dragging a high, headed clearance out of the air on his thigh, before firing low at Marosi with a left footed volley.

Latics' final chance of the first 45 came through Will Grigg, perfectly placed as usual to bring Byrne's outside of the right foot pass under his control, but the finish couldn't beat Marosi who stood firm to gather.

Cook's men started the second half in the same manner that they finished the first, with Powell looking confident on the ball, Massey and Jacobs dangerous out wide and Grigg lurking in the middle.

It was Grigg who came close on two occasions early on, first turning Massey's flick from the back post on target from close range, before a wonderful piece of skill to flick Jacobs' in-swinging cross towards the bottom corner with the back of his head... Marosi irritatingly quick to get low and claw at the effort.

And in typical Grigg fashion, it was the striker who had the game's critical say. Powell's pass in behind was sheer precision, the Northern Ireland international striker's run perfect and the finish as you'd expect from a striker now on 100 EFL goals.

The final minutes were celebration preparations, Latics knew even a point would secure them the title.

The whistle from referee David Webb was met with jubilation and the post-match celebrations will live long in the memory. What a season!

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