Report: Despite chances Leeds United conspire to lose against Wigan

Leeds United 0 - 2 Wigan Athletic

  • 11" Liam Cooper (og)
  • 83" James McClean

Ref: Nigel Miller
Attendance: 28,375

Leeds United Crest

Leeds United had plenty of chances but were beaten 2-0 by Wigan at Elland Road this afternoon.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper put through his own net and James McClean added a goal late on as Wigan improved their position in the lower half of the Championship table.

Cooper got himself into an awkward position in the 11th minute, which resulted in the ball deflecting in off the defender’s chest.

Leeds struggled to respond in a flat first-half, which left head coach Neil Redfearn with plenty to say at half-time with Wigan going about their business and making things as difficult as possible for the home team.

Leeds had a great chance on the hour mark where good pressure from Billy Sharp saw the ball laid off to Lewis Cook on the edge of the area, but he couldn’t get enough power into his shot to get the better of Scott Carson.

Carson also superbly saved a Steve Morison header late on while Sam Byram missed an effort to equalise from yards out.

Redfearn gave his substitutes every chance to make the difference, with all changes made with 20 minutes to go, which prompted a furious reaction from Billy Sharp, who marched down the tunnel after he was taken off.

However, all of the pressure in the second half from the home side was fruitless as McClean smashed the ball beyond Silvestri to seal the points.

Statistics

Leeds United

Wigan Athletic

Possession

60.8%
39.2%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Leeds United

  • Marco Silvestri
  • Sam Byram
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Giuseppe Bellusci
  • Liam Cooper
  • Alex Mowatt
  • Michael Tonge
  • Lewis Cook
  • Tommaso Bianchi
  • Billy Sharp
  • Mirco Antenucci

Substitutes

  • Brian Montenegro
  • Souleymane Doukara
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Jason Pearce
  • Gaetano Berardi
  • Steve Morison
  • Rodolph Austin

Wigan Athletic

  • Scott Carson
  • James Perch
  • Iván Ramis
  • Rob Kiernan
  • Chris McCann
  • Don Cowie
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Ben Watson
  • James Tavernier
  • James McClean
  • Marc-Antoine Fortuné

Substitutes

  • Ali Al-Habsi
  • Adam Forshaw
  • Oriol Riera
  • Callum McManaman
  • Shaun Maloney
  • Emmerson Boyce
  • Roger Espinoza

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