Latics earn another Sky Bet Championship point as they battle to goalless draw with Stoke City at the DW Stadium.
- Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0 – 0 Stoke City
- Latics see out goalless draw with Stoke City at the DW Stadium on Wednesday night
- Paul Cook’s side had better first-half chances, Nathan Jones’ Potters nearly forced second-half winner
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
STOKE CITY 0
Attendance: 9,914 (1,179 away)
Paul Cook’s Latics battled to another important Sky Bet Championship point as they drew 0-0 with Stoke City at the DW Stadium on Wednesday night.
It could have been more for Cook’s side after they created plenty of openings in the early stages of the game but as the game wore on and Tom Ince twice fired efforts narrowly off target, there is no doubting a point was well-earned and satisfactory.
Latics made two changes for the clash with the Potters as captain Samy Morsy and defender Cedric Kipre came in for Beni Baningime and Danny Fox. Fox missed out after suffering a head injury against Rotherham United last weekend.
Lee Evans returned to the squad following illness and Nick Powell made the squad after his late withdrawal from the bench on Saturday.
Latics started brightly with Nathan Byrne breaking well on the right and crossing for Michael Jacobs, who fired wide at the back post.
Soon after, Jacobs got in behind after good interplay between Josh Windass and Leon Clarke, but he was denied by Jack Butland, who made a smart save at his near post.
Cook’s side continued to dominate the play as Chey Dunkley headed a difficult effort off target from a Reece James corner.
However, Stoke grew into the game and at the other end Jamie Jones made a strong save from a Ryan Woods free-kick from the edge of the area.
Kal Naismith was then in the thick of the action as the Scot dived in bravely after tracking Joe Allen to the near post, to deny the Wales international an opener.
Another James delivery then caused problems for the visitors and when his corner came back to him, his driving effort was cleared off the line by Sam Vokes when it looked destined for the top corner.
On the stroke of half-time, Ince broke on Latics’ right and provided a dangerous delivery but Kipre did well to divert it behind for a corner off the outside of the post.
After the restart, James tested Butland with a rasping 25-yard drive, but from the hour mark the Potters took control.
Ince twice fired narrowly off target in a dangerous spell for Stoke, which resulted in their best chance falling to substitute James McClean. The former Latic raced in behind on the left of the penalty area and found himself one-on-one with Jones, but the Republic of Ireland international fired wide at the near post.
Latics forced Butland into another save in a brief reprieve as Naismith curled a 25 yard free-kick powerfully into the grasp of the goalkeeper, low at his near post.
After some late pressure on their penalty area, Latics will be pleased with the point, which retains a six-point buffer above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.
Latics: Jones, Byrne, Dunkley, Kipre, Naismith, Morsy (Capt), James, Pilkington (Massey 65), Windass (Powell 72), Jacobs, Clarke (Garner 79)
Subs: Walton, McManaman, Olsson, Evans.
Stoke City: Butland, Allen, Ince, Etebo, Afobe (McClean 59), Vokes, Batth (Capt), Martins Indi, Clucas, Edwards (Bauer 36), Woods
Subs: Federici, Williams, Shawcross, Berahino, Bojan