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WIGAN: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

14 January 2017

Nigel Clough welvcomed back Ben Turner to the squad after a recent injury. Sordell and Murphy also made the starting XI.

Burton Albion started brightly in the bottom-of-the-table clash, despite losing a string of successive home games and they could have been in front when Matty Palmer's corner caused a pinball inside the Wigan box, but the visitors somehow managed to keep the ball out of the net.

Wigan did come close as they approached the half hour mark as Max Power latched on to a long ball and helf off the defenders inside the box before flashing his shot across the face of goal and just wide of Jon McLaughlin's right-hand post.

Chris O'Grady scored his first goal for the Albion at the end of 2016 and he nearly had his second of the campaign when he turned and shot inside the box but it as blocked on the line by a Wigan man before being cleared away for a corner.

GOAL: Despite dominating the first half it was Burton Albion that fell behind on 45 minutes when Stephen Warnock crossed in from the left and Callum Connolly was in the box to head past Jon McLaughlin (0-1).

HT: Burton Albion 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Jon McLaughlin took a hefty knock in the first half and he seemed to feel the effects at half time and was deemed unable to carry on, he was replaced by Stephen Bywater.

Penalty decisions haven't gone Albion's way this season and that continued to be the case in this game as Marvin Sordell was hacked down inside the area by Dan Burn, but the referee was unmoved.

GOAL: The Brewers were pinned back even further just after the hour mark when Callum Connolly grabbed his second of the game, and a second header too as he nodded home a Latics corner (0-2).

The second goal took the wind out of Burton Albion's sails, although they did come close when Kyle McFadzean saw his volley blocked inside the box, the closest Albion came in the second half.

Nigel Clough rolled the dice with just unde ten minutes to play as Damien McCrory and Tom Naylor came on for Luke Murphy and Lloyd Dyer.

FT: Burton Albion 0-2 Wigan Athletic

Attendance: 4,411

Ash's man of the match: Kyle McFadzean

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