Wigan Athletic’s dreadful season of administration continues to inflict more hurt as they succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic and are now bottom of League One.
Latics matched the Addicks throughout but yet another defensive mistake, this time by Curtis Tilt and Tendayi Darikwa, proved to be the difference between the two sides.
A long ball through the middle fell between Tilt and Darikwa but neither player took charge and Chuks Aneke nipped between them to take advantage and finish past Jamie Jones.
Latics had the better of the second half and pressed for an equaliser but despite enjoying plenty of possession around the penalty box they failed to create any clear-cut chances.
Northampton’s win against Plymouth means Latics have now dropped to the bottom of the table. Charlton have moved up to ninth place.
Leam Richardson made two changes from the team narrowly defeated at Peterborough with Thelo Aasgaard and Alex Perry replacing Callum Lang and Dan Gardner. Will Keane had been expected to play but was injured in the warm up and replaced by Perry.
Former Latics players Jason Pearce and FA Cup winner Ben Watson were in the Charlton starting eleven.
Latics started the game brightly and Joe Dodoo headed wide from Viv Solomon-Otabor’s cross after only three minutes. Pearce then did well to head clear Gavin Massey’s dangerous cross after nine minutes.
Disaster struck for Latics after 19 minutes as both Tilt and Darikwa hesitated and Aneke nipped between them and had the relatively easy task of finishing past Jones. Defensive mistakes are killing Latics’ survival chances.
Latics huffed and puffed to try and get back into the game but they rarely threatened the Addicks goal.
Washington fired over the Latics crossbar on 32 minutes as the visitors looked the more likely to add to their lead.
Latics did enjoy more possession prior to the break but their goal threat was practically non-existent with the Addicks defence dominant.
The hosts did improve in the second half and Luke Robinson set the ball back to Perry whose deflected shot was saved by Ben Amos on 56 minutes.
Soon afterwards Solomon-Otabor cut into the box from the left and his low shot was deflected narrowly wide of the target. From the resulting corner Aasgaard found the unmarked Funso Ojo but his shot flew high over the crossbar.
Perry and Massey were replaced by Gardner and Zach Clough on 65 minutes as Latics continued to press for the equaliser.
Aasgaard’s dangerous low cross from the left was diverted for a corner with Clough ready to pounce on 67 minutes.
At the other end Liam Miller scuffed his shot wide of the target and Scott Wootton came to Latics’ rescue as he cleared another Miller effort off the line on 74 minutes.
Despite enjoying the greater possession the hosts just couldn’t create any clear-cut openings and the Charlton keeper Amos had a relatively untroubled evening.
All Latics’ hard work and determination probably deserved a draw but they continue to shoot themselves in the foot with silly mistakes.
While in administration the depleted Latics line-up is struggling to pick up points and the current injury crisis may be the final nail in their season. The injured Lang and Keane had to miss the Charlton game in addition to the other missing players, Kyle Joseph, Chris Merrie, Tom Pearce, Lee Evans and Jamie Proctor. Unless they can get key players back fit soon the chances of survival are slim.
We can’t afford to have those players missing, everyone of them would probably be in that side. Our defence, whoever plays in it, have certainly come up with some shocking errors this season
Difficult days Tony, we’ve experienced extreme highs with Latics and now it’s extreme lows. We’ve just got to hope for the wheel of fortune will turn in our favour very soon.