THE Brewers had to settle for a point after a 0-0 stalemate at Wigan.
The first chance fell to Lucas Akins but his close range shot was blocked on four minutes.
Albion also broke quickly from a Wigan corner to win one of their own and put the hosts under constant early pressure.
It took 10 mins for Wigan to threaten and for McLaughlin to make his first save of the game low to his left.
Albion came close to breaking the deadlock when a great long range effort from Chris O'Grady caught the keeper well off his line but it was cleared on the line when looking certain to go in.
The Brewers continued to look more likely to score and on 28 minutes Tom Naylor scuffed a shot when finding himself free in the Wigan box.
Wigan then enjoyed a good spell of pressure with Yanic Wildschut looking dangerous down the left flank.
On 32 minutess Le Fondre burst clear but he tried to chip McLaughlin and hit the roof off the net.
On 52 minutes Nick Powell found space in the box but put his unchallenged header over the bar.
on 60 mins Le Fondre tests McLaughlin from a narrow angle but moments later Albion threaten again with Bogdan spilling Akins' shot but recovering the ball before Ward can get a foot in
On 65 mins McLaughlin could only parry Powell's fierce free kick.
Three minutes later the best chance of the game fell to Powell but he headed Warnock's cross inches wide.
On 77 minutes it was Jacobs who tested McLaughlin, who again parried away.
The best opportunity in the second half for Albion came on 85 minutes. A pinpoint cross from Ward but Naylor headed over.
Attendance 10,430 - 577 away.
Brewers: McLaughlin, Brayford, McFadzean, Turner, O'Grady, Akins, Dyer, Naylor, Palmer, Miller, Irvine Subs: Bywater, Flanagan, Mousinho, Williamson, Beavon, Ward (for Miller 59 mins), Choudhury (for Naylor 88 mins)
Wigan: Bogdan, Buxton, Power, Byrne, Le Fondre, MacDonald, Jacobs, Warnock, Powell, Wildschut, Burn Subs: Jaaskelainen, Perkins, Grigg (for Le Fondre 78 mins), Gomez, Garbutt, Morgan (for Byrne 65 mins), Davies (for Wildscut 78 mins)