MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 02:11:20
Sep 21, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance: 10,192
WiganWigan Athletic
1-0
Bristol City
Powell (52')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Powell header sinks Robins and sends Wigan up to third

The former Manchester United midfielder's fourth goal of the season decided Friday night's clash.

Nick Powell scored a second-half winner as Wigan defeated Bristol City 1-0 to climb up to third in the Sky Bet Championship.

Powell got on the end of Josh Windass' 52nd-minute cross to guide a downward header past Robins goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa and earn Wigan all three points at the DW Stadium.

It was the former Manchester United midfielder's fourth goal of the season and helped his side move above City and to within two points of leaders Leeds.

Visiting stiker Famara Diedhiou had a great chance to snatch a point for City at the end after escaping his marker to meet Marlon Pack's free-kick.

However, the Senegal international could get neither the power or direction to beat Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton and the hosts escaped.

That was arguably City's best chance of a match of limited goal-scoring opportunities for both sides.

Paul Cook's Latics have been in excellent form in front of their own fans following promotion and have now taken 13 points from a possible 15 at home.

They had a penalty appeal in the early stages when Michael Jacobs went to ground under Jack Hunt's challenge, before Lee Evans fired wide from the edge of the area.

The visitors, on the back of four wins from their last five, had threatened earlier when a short back-pass from Antonee Robinson was almost seized upon by Andreas Weimann.

Wigan began brightly after half-time and threatened to break the deadlock when Windass sent a looping header narrowly over the City crossbar.

They were rewarded for their pressure seven minutes after the restart with the only goal.

Powell, who had gone five games without scoring after beginning the campaign with three in three, rose to meet Windass' superb centre and directed his effort out of the reach of Maenpaa.

Robins boss Lee Johnson introduced attacking duo Callum O'Dowda and Marley Watkins as he went in search of an equaliser.

They continued to lack a cutting edge, although Weimann curled wide with 20 minutes remaining before later glancing a header off target.

The Latics, who were holding on to their slim advantage relatively comfortably, survived a late scare when Diedhiou was unable to make the most of his opportunity as City slipped to a second successive defeat.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds22136336181845
2Norwich CityNorwich22135440261444
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22116546311539
4Derby CountyDerby2211563124738
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2211473526937
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest22811332221035
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea CitySwansea229582724332
10Birmingham CityBirmingham2271053227531
11Stoke CityStoke2271052927231
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn2271052933-431
13Queens Park RangersQPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

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