Latics’ away struggles continue with 3-1 defeat at the City Ground.
- Match Report: Nottingham Forest 3 – 1 Wigan Athletic
- Goals from Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura seal win for Forest.
- Josh Windass had levelled for Latics, who missed late penalty through Joe Garner.
Latics’ away struggles continued as they lost 3-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.
Josh Windass had levelled for Latics after Joe Lolley’s opener but a disastrous start to the second-half saw Matty Cash regain the lead for Martin O’Neill’s side before Adlene Guedioura sealed the victory.
Substitute Joe Garner also saw a late penalty saved, which had it been successful could have sent the game into a tense finish, but it wasn’t to be as a brilliant away support of over 1,300 Latics fans, were sent home disappointed.
Paul Cook made four changes to the side which lost at Sheffield Wednesday last time out as Darron Gibson came into the midfield for Lee Evans, Nathan Byrne replaced the injured Anthony Pilkington, Michael Jacobs made his first start after a long-term hamstring injury in place of Gary Roberts and James Vaughan replaced Garner up top.
As has been the case so often on the road, Latics started the game brightly and were the first to go close as Reece James fired a free-kick off target from 25 yards.
However, they found themselves behind on 18 minutes as Lolley collected the ball between the lines, turned and fired home unchallenged.
Latics responded as Kal Naismith saw a free-kick tipped over by Costol Pantilimon before Cedric Kipre fired James’ resulting corner over.
Cook’s side had another chance not long after as Nathan Byrne headed over a Windass cross at the near post.
Two minutes later, though, Latics had their leveller as Windass turned 25 yards from goal and fired a powerful drive beyond Pantilimon.
Forest got back in the ascendency before the break as Cash shot wide from the edge of the area before a brave Naismith challenge at the back post denied the aforementioned winger a tap in at close range.
However, he wasn’t to be denied just two minutes after the restart as he got in behind Naismith on Forest’s right and cut in to beat Jamie Jones from the edge of the area.
Latics had an immediate chance to level but somehow didn’t as a deep ball into the box found Vaughan at close range, he didn’t connect cleanly but Kipre looked destined to score only for a point-blank save from Pantilimon.
Just after the hour mark, Latics’ next chance came as they broke well on the counter, with Jacobs finding Windass, who passed back across goal for Morsy to set back for Jacobs, but he curled wide.
Gibson forced Pantilimon into a low save as Latics continued to push for a leveller, though their efforts were undone when Guedioura fired home from the edge of the area off the inside of Jones’ right-hand post.
Almost immediately, Latics had a chance to get one back as James hit the crossbar from a 25-yard free-kick before Windass was fouled in the area when challenging for the loose ball. However, Garner’s penalty was tame and Pantilimon saved.
With just two minutes remaining, Garner had another chance as he got in behind but once again he was denied by the Forest goalkeeper.
Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Guedioura (Yacob 80), Colback, Watson (Capt), Murphy (Grabban 71), Osborn, Cash, Robinson, Janko, Lolley, Benalouane
Subs: Steele, Carvalho, Goncalves, Yates, Appiah
Latics: Jones, James, Dunkley, Kipre, Naismith, Morsy (Capt), Gibson (McManaman 78), Byrne, Windass, Jacobs (Roberts 89), Vaughan (Garner 72)
Subs: Walton, MacDonald, Connolly, Evans.