Wigan move inexorably towards promotion – Wigan Athletic 1 Coventry City 0

Will Grigg Wigan Athletic

Will Grigg’s on fire and your defence is terrified!

Latics produced another dominant performance as they overcame Coventry City 1-0 and moved four points clear at the top of the table.

Will Grigg’s 23rd goal of the season confirmed Wigan’s victory but it should surely have been many more as they were the better team throughout. Grigg had a penalty saved by Reece Charles-Cook and on another day he could easily have had a hat-trick.

Latics are now unbeaten in 20 games and have the best record in the Football League.

With five games remaining it now seems only a matter of time before their promotion is confirmed and the League One title is secured.

Latics made just the one change from last week’s 5-1 victory at Shrewsbury with Leon Barnett replacing Reece Wabara.

Latics started brightly but the Sky Blues were sitting deep and making it difficult for the home team to create clear-cut opportunities.

Coventry did manage an effort on target on 24 minutes when John Fleck drew a smart save from Jussi Jaaskelainen low down to his left.

Grigg had a chance after 25 minutes when he got on the end of Stephen Warnock’s pass but Gael Bigirimana blocked his goal-bound effort.

But Wigan soon upped the pressure with a series of attacks.

Wildschut was brought down on the edge of the box, but Conor McAleny’s free kick was unable to beat the wall.

McAleny then had his powerful drive blocked, before he provided a deep cross from the left which was headed just wide by Barnett.

McAleny was always in the thick of the action and he had another effort from the edge of the box saved by Reece Charles-Cook.

Latics were disappointed to go into the interval level, but it looked inevitable that they would get the breakthrough in the second half.

Grigg almost made that breakthrough early in the half when he looked certain to head home but Jack Stephens somehow stole the ball from the striker’s head.

McAleny volleyed just wide on 52 minutes, but then Latics did manage to get that vital goal four minutes later.

It was a great team goal which exemplified the players slick passing and movement.

Barnett found Power on the edge of the area who let the ball run between his legs and out to the left, where Warnock produced a perfect low cross and the prolific Grigg smashed it home at the near post.

Latics should have doubled their lead on 64 minutes when McAleny is brought down by John Fleck in the area. Grigg stepped up to take the penalty but his spot kick was well saved by Charles-Cook low down to his left.

Latics introduced Wabara in place of McAleny as a precautionary measure. But Latics remained on top with the Sky Blues offering very little in an attacking sense.

Stephen Warnock was having an exceptional game at full back and his low cross nearly found Grigg again but for Aaron Martin cut out the danger at the last moment.

Michael Jacobs replaced Wildschut on 79 minutes and he almost immediately got on the score sheet.

He found himself in plenty of space but his shot was blocked and although the rebound fell to Grigg the follow up shot was also blocked.

Latics couldn’t quite manage to add to their lead but the three points were eventually secured and with news that both Burton and Walsall had lost the Latics fans were in celebratory mood.

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