Wigan cruise to another victory – Oldham Athletic 0 Wigan Athletic 2

Oldham away

Wigan threaten from a corner

Wigan maintained their one hundred per cent record and moved to the top of League One with a comfortable win at struggling Oldham.

Wigan went ahead after only eight minutes when Ivan Toney turned home Lee Evans’ cross from close range.

Oldham were in disarray and it was not long before Michael Jacobs increased Wigan’s lead when he converted another chance following a goalmouth scramble.

The away team were in total control and should have added further goals in the first half but some poor finishing and good saves by Ben Wilson denied them.

The second half was a scrappy affair and Oldham did try to make a fist of it but they rarely looked like penetrating Wigan’s defence which was well marshalled by Dan Burn.

Paul Cook’s team have had a remarkable start to the season and are looking a very good bet for promotion.

Wigan were on top right from the kick off pressing deep into the Oldham half.

Lee Evans fired wide after five minutes and created the opening goal on eight minutes crossing for Ivan Toney to score his first goal for the club since joining from Newcastle United on loan.

Jacobs then quickly doubled the lead on 15 minutes, his first effort from inside the box was saved but his follow up was fired through a group of defenders and past keeper Wilson.

Wigan were now in total control and should have added a third after a slick move in the 23rd minute. Nick Powell and Jacobs had a neat interchange on the edge of the box and the former Manchester United midfielder’s low drive had Wilson at full stretch to make the save.

Gavin Massey then forced another fine save from Wilson after 36 minutes after being set up by Jacobs.

It was looking as though Wigan would get five or six goals but some poor finishing and good keeping by Wilson somehow prevented a massacre.

Only 2-0 at the interval but there was an expectation of further Wigan goals in the second half.

However, Oldham started the second half more positively, probably after receiving a verbal rocket by manager John Sheridan.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s header forcing an early save for Christian Walton.

The game then descended into a scrappy affair with both teams cancelling each other out and Wigan knowing that as long as they kept Oldham at bay the three points would be confirmed.

Toney did fire just over on 57 minutes and Evans was denied by a late Peter Clarke tackle in the box, but clear opportunities were few and far between for either side.

Oldham substitute Darius Ossey did have a late chance, firing straight at Walton but by then the three points were already sealed for the away team.

Wigan had eased their way to the three points and moved to the top of the table against a team who look likely to be struggling at the opposite end of the table.

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