Aug 23, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​DW Stadium
WiganWigan Athletic
1-0
Blackpool
Riera (35')
McArthur (5'), Huws (77')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Perkins (6'), Clarke (32'), Zenjov (58')

Result: Wigan Athletic see off Blackpool

A first-half goal by Oriol Riera gives Wigan Athletic a 1-0 win against Blackpool in today's Championship clash at the DW Stadium.

A first-half goal by Oriol Riera has given Wigan Athletic a 1-0 win against Blackpool in today's Championship clash at the DW Stadium.

The opening stages of the game were marked with some strong challenges, which resulted in James McArthur and David Perkins going into the book after just six minutes.

On the quarter-hour mark, Emmerson Boyce had a chance for Wigan following a near-post run, but he subsequently fired over.

The home side continued to grow into the game, with Callum McManaman firing wide after a dangerous ball across goal from Riera. Just four minutes later, Don Cowie sent a header over the bar.

Eventually, Wigan were able to break the deadlock with just ten minutes to go in the first half, Riera drilling a low effort past Joe Lewis inside a crowded penalty area to claim his maiden goal for the club.

The away side would continue to live dangerously right until the end of the half, with Donervon Daniels blocking the ball on the line to deny McManaman with four minutes to go until the interval.

Blackpool were somewhat invigorated going into the second half. Nathan Delfouneso marauded into the Latics box, cutting inside on his right foot and sending a shot high and wide in the 52nd minute.

The former Aston Villa player threatened again just after the hour, but his first-time attempt was off target.

The game petered out towards the final stages, although there was drama in injury time when Blackpool claimed that a Wigan player had handled the ball in the area.

The referee, however, waved away the appeals, and the game duly finished with the home side claiming all three points.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler smiles during the Champioship match against Birmingham on April 29, 2014
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