Latics play out goalless draw with promotion chasing Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium.
- Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0 – 0 Middlesbrough
- In game of few chances, Latics battled well to earn another valuable Sky Bet Championship point
- Middlesbrough remain 5th in the table, Latics remain 19th.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Attendance: 12,726 (3,743 away)
Latics were held to a goalless draw against promotion chasing Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In a game of few chances, Sam Morsy went closest for Latics in the first-half before Leon Clarke headed off target from a Lee Evans cross midway through the second 45.
Latics made two changes to their starting XI to face Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, with Nathan Byrne and Cedric Kipre coming in for Michael Jacobs and Anthony Pilkington.
Paul Cook’s side had to battle throughout and from the off faced pressure from a Middlesbrough attack as Chey Dunkley provided an important last-ditch tackle on Ashley Fletcher.
Boro then should have taken the lead when Jonny Howson’s shot flew across goal where Britt Assombalonga – well placed at the back post – somehow managed to divert the ball off target.
Latics’ best chance of the first-half fell to Morsy but he was denied at close range by a good save from Darren Randolph after Kal Naismith had chested ball into the Egyptian’s path from a Reece James delivery.
Before half-time, Boro had further chances as George Saville shot wide from a set-piece following a controversial decision to give a foul and yellow card against Chey Dunkley.
Shortly after Jamie Jones had to make a smart save to deny Mo Besic’s shot from range.
After a slow start to the second-half from both sides, Evans provided a superb delivery from the right which Clarke did excellently to almost divert into the top corner, but the ball flew narrowly wide.
James then shot over from 25 yards when the DW Stadium was expecting a thunderbolt from the ever-impressive Chelsea loanee before Boro may have got their winner when Fletcher rounded Jones but fired into the side-netting on the angle.
On 82 minutes, substitute Pilkington drove at the Boro penalty area but his shot, despite being well hit, was comfortably saved by Randolph.
Latics: Jones, Dunkley, Kipre, Fox, Byrne, Morsy (Capt), James, Evans, Naismith (Jacobs 61), Windass (Pilkington 71), Clarke (Garner 80)
Subs: Evans, Gibson, Massey, Olsson.
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Mikel, Ayala (Capt), Shotton, Assombalonga (Tavernier 80), Howson, Fletcher (Hugill 80), Fry, Saville, Wing, Besic (Downing 66)
Subs: Konstantopoulos, Clayton, McNair, Van La Parra