Latics awayday blues continue – Huddersfield Town 0 Wigan Athletic 0

John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield

John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Wigan’s inability to win away from home continued as they were held 0-0 in a dour encounter at Huddersfield Town. Latics have still to win on their travels this season and found it hard to break down a Town team who occupy a spot in the bottom three and have not won in the Championship since August 19th.

Uwe Rösler surprisingly opted to keep faith with the same side that went down 3-1 at Blackburn with midfielder Emyr Huws passing a late fitness test.

New Town manager Chris Powell made two changes to the side beaten by Middlesborough, Danny Ward replacing Harry Bunn while Jon Stead deputised for the injured James Vaughan.

Latics started sluggishly and nearly went behind in the first five minutes when Danny Ward’s cross-cum-shot was saved on the line by full back Andrew Taylor.

Ward then tested Scott Carson with a dipping shot but the former England keeper held it comfortably.

As the half progressed Latics began to grow in confidence and started to create some chances of their own.

Striker Andy Delort produced a long-range effort and then Callum McManaman nearly got on the score sheet when he rounded keeper Alex Smithies but saw his goal-bound effort well blocked first by Joel Lynch and then Mark Hudson.

On the half-hour mark McManaman looked to have been brought down in the Town penalty area, but despite his protests, referee Seb Stockbridge produced a yellow card having decided the winger had dived.

Wigan started the second half brightly and Town keeper Smithies twice had to keep out efforts from Huws in the opening couple of minutes.

Latics were dominating possession but they could not turn their dominance into goals, and Town substitute Sean Scannell was causing problems down the right-wing with his pace.

The winger was unlucky to see an excellent delivery cleared away from his own goal by Emmerson Boyce and later another dangerous delivery from Scannell was hooked from under his own crossbar by Man of the Match Boyce.

Wigan continued to press forward, with substitute James Tavernier producing some testing crosses into the danger area but no Latics player was able to capitalise.

But with only ten minutes remaining Huddersfield could have taken all three points,  when Jon Stead forced a great save from Scott Carson with a close range header after yet another Scannell cross.

Wigan’s best opportunity fell to substitute Oriol Riera who met James Tavernier’s cross, but the Spanish striker’s effort went harmlessly over the crossbar and the chance of a first away victory of the season disappeared.

Wigan’s Huddersfield jinx continues and they have still never won at Huddersfield in the league. Their only win there in 14 meetings in all competitions was 4-1 in the FA Cup in February last yearA point wasn’t of much benefit to either side with Latics remaining in 16th place in the table and Town dropping down to 22nd position.

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