Steven Fletcher scores the only goal of the game as Latics go down 1-0 at Hillsborough.
- Match Report: Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic
- Steven Fletcher scores the only goal of the game to earn the Owls 1-0 victory
- Latics had first-half chances but lost out to strike from Scotland international just after the hour mark
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
Wigan Athletic were downed by a second-half Steven Fletcher strike as they lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.
Fletcher scored just after the hour mark to decide a tense affair which saw Latics miss first-half opportunities before facing a second-half barrage from their hosts.
Unsurprisingly, Latics were unchanged from their 3-0 win against Aston Villa last time out, with Nick Powell’s anticipated return subject to a slight delay after he suffered a minor setback in midweek.
Latics were under early pressure in the game but managed it well as Fletcher saw a shot deflected wide off Dunkley before the defender did well to recover and deny Adam Reach a goal-scoring opportunity as he broke clear.
Jamie Jones pushed a Fletcher effort wide before Latics started to make their own chances around the half hour mark. Firstly, Josh Windass broke from the left and cut inside before seeing his shot deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Anthony Pilkington flicked on for Joe Garner but he couldn’t adjust his body to get a decisive touch when well-placed.
On the stroke of half-time, Latics were thankful to Cedric Kipre for a brave last-ditch challenge on Fletcher, whilst at the other end Windass forced Keiren Westwood into a good save with a drive from the edge of the area on the break.
In the second-half, Latics struggled to manufacture the opportunities they had towards the end of the first 45 and the Owls took control of the game.
Barry Bannan’s free-kick bounced into the path of Michael Hector who blazed over when in a good position before Reach saw another shot bravely blocked by Dunkley as the hour mark approached.
However, it was just another four minutes before the game’s decisive goal came as Fletcher curled home after collecting the ball between the lines and driving at Latics’ goal.
As the second-half wore on, Latics failed to test Westwood in search of an equaliser and instead were thankful to their back line for preserving the score at 1-0 with substitutes Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu having chances, as well as George Boyd.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Fox, Fletcher (Nuhiu, 81), Bannan, Lees (Capt), Matias (Joao 61), Reach, Boyd, Hutchinson, Hector.
Subs: Dawson, Jones, Winnall, Thorniley, Baker.
Latics: Jones; James, Dunkley, Kipre, Naismith; Evans, Morsy (Capt); Roberts (Grigg 67), Windass, Pilkington (Jacobs 45), Garner (McManaman 81).
Subs: Walton, Connolly, Byrne, Vaughan.