Wigan inflict first Championship defeat on Nottingham Wooded area since opening day of season because of Jamal Lowe purpose


Wigan ended Nottingham Wooded area’s 11-game unbeaten run within the Championship with a 1-Zero win on Sunday.

Jamal Lowe became house Gavin Massey’s go within the 35th minute to stun promotion hopefuls Wooded area, who had now not misplaced within the league for the reason that opening day of the season.

Jamal Lowe scored his first goal in a Wigan shirt since his summer move from Portsmouth

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Jamal Lowe scored his first purpose in a Wigan blouse since his summer time transfer from Portsmouth

And it might had been much more emphatic for Wigan, who transfer as much as 18th after the win, however Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick 5 mins after the purpose hit the publish with Brice Samba smartly overwhelmed.

Wigan briefly settled into their stride and Joe Williams launched Lowe down the fitting, however the shot used to be vulnerable and instantly at goalkeeper Samba.

Proper-back Nathan Byrne – making his 100th league get started for the membership – then were given ahead sufficient to have a tight effort blocked, ahead of Chey Dunkley headed over from the ensuing nook from Michael Jacobs.

It definitely used to be now not going in keeping with plan for high-flying Wooded area, whose supervisor Sabri Lamouchi used to be given a yellow card by way of referee Matt Donohue for talking out of flip to the fourth legitimate.

Issues advanced for the guests when a raking ball from Ben Watson – who scored Wigan’s FA Cup-winning purpose in opposition to Manchester Town in 2013 – arrange a Wooded area transfer that noticed Matty Money go into Yuri Ribeiro.

On the other hand, Ribeiro’s end used to be woeful, with Rafael Mir heading simply over from the go again in.

Brice Samba pulled off a fine string of saves to keep the score at 1-0

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Brice Samba pulled off a positive string of saves to stay the ranking at 1-0

Wigan regained the ascendancy, and took the lead with 10 mins of the primary part closing.

Lowe began and completed the transfer, successful ownership from Ben Watson in midfield and advancing on purpose.

As an alternative of taking pictures, he performed the ball out to Massey, whose go back ball used to be slotted house from six yards by way of the ahead.

It used to be nearly 2-Zero 5 mins later, with Mulgrew sending in a curling free-kick from 20 yards that beat the wall, the Wooded area goalkeeper however – sadly for him – now not the a ways publish.

Wigan got here shut once more two mins after the restart, when Massey’s flick against the a ways publish used to be parried out by way of Samba at complete stretch.

Byrne used to be booked for Wigan – his 5th of the season which triggers a one-match suspension – and Wooded area persevered to up the ante.

An exquisite transfer involving John Bostock and Mir noticed the previous fireplace smartly large from a really perfect probability.

And that used to be the closing motion for each, with Wooded area making a direct double substitution.

One of the crucial adjustments, Lewis Grabban, squandered a gilt-edged alternative to equalise when Mulgrew may best flick on a go into his trail.

However the deadly striker nodded tamely at David Marshall, in all probability stunned at how the ball had so simply come to him.

Wigan made a double exchange themselves and one in all them, Kal Naismith, may have had a hat-trick throughout the ultimate quarter, on the other hand, on all 3 events, goalkeeper Samba used to be available to stay out the risk.