High five as Wigan go top – Shrewsbury Town 1 Wigan Athletic 5

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Will Grigg grabbed a brace and is on 22 goals for the season

Wigan Athletic eased to the top of the League One table with an emphatic 5-1 victory at Shrewsbury Town.

A mistake by Reece Wabara allowed Sullay Kaikai to give the Shrews a surprise lead on 28 minutes, but Latics quickly got back on level terms through Conor McAleny’s superb 20-yard volley.

After the interval Yanic Wildschut fired home after McAleny’s shot came back off the post and they quickly added a third when Jason Pearce headed home Max Power’s corner.

On 66 minutes Shrewsbury’s Zak Whitbread was sent off for a foul on Will Grigg who converted the resulting penalty. He then finished off a splendid day for Latics by adding a fifth in the 90th minute when he side footed Power’s cross into the net.

Latics are now one point clear of Burton, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Bury. Third placed Walsall lost 2-0 at Sheffield United and are now nine points behind leaders Wigan.

Gary Caldwell made two changes to the team which defeated Rochdale with Conor McAleny and Donervon Daniels replacing Ryan Colclough and the injured Craig Morgan.

After a scrappy opening period in which neither team created many clear cut opportunities it was Shrewsbury who went ahead in bizarre fashion.

Shaun Whalley’s corner was sliced horribly by Reece Wabara forcing Jussi Jasskelainen to save only for Sulley Kaikai to force the ball over the line from close range.

But it was not long before Latics were level on 33 minutes. McAleny had already had several attempts on goal before he unleashed a superb volley from 20 yards which flew past Mark Halstead in the Shrews goal.

The teams went into the interval on level terms with little indication of the second half Latics onslaught to come.

The home team started the second half briskly and were pressing Latics back for the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

But Latics struck on 57 minutes when McAleny’s low drive from just inside the area came back off the post to Wildschut who smashed the ball home via a defender and despite the best efforts of Whitbread on the line.

Four minutes later Latics increased their lead as Max Power’s corner was headed home powerfully by Jason Pearce.

It was soon four as Will Grigg was brought down by Whitbread after a penetrating run into the centre of the penalty area. Whitbread was given a red card and Grigg despatched the penalty high into the Shrews net.

Latics players were in dreamland and with news that both Burton and Walsall were losing the fans were ecstatic. Burton did later manage an equaliser at Bury but it did not dampen the fans humour as Latics still moved to the top of the table. Will Grigg added a 90th minute goal to make it a high five and the team now look unstoppable in their pursuit of the title.

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