- In new brutalist surroundings Wigan Athletic were brutally efficient in their quest for the three points at AFC Wimbledon and ran out comfortable 2-0 victors in the capital.
- Early in the second half the Dons Paul Kalambayi deflected Callum Lang’s effort into his own goal before James McClean fired in Latics’ second.
- Latics move up to third in the League One table and the Dons are in 14th place.
Leam Richardson named an unchanged team from the defeat against MK Dons with loanee Tom Bayliss retaining his place in midfield.
It was Latics who started quickly with McClean firing a deep cross to the far post but Max Power was unable to keep his volley down.
Will Keane had a huge chance to give Latics the lead in the seventh minute after he flicked on Tendayi Darikwa’s cross but Ben Heneghan cleared his effort off the line.
The Dons had an opportunity in the 11th minute after Ayoub Assal broke on the left and crossed for Jack Rudoni but the forward could only head wide of the target.
But Latics looked the most threatening and went close twice through Keane in a matter of minutes.
Anthony Hartigan saw his dangerous free-kick fly just wide before McClean tried his luck from distance but his strike was easily saved by Tzanev.
Latics nearly went ahead before the interval when Power’s dangerous cross nearly found Charlie Wyke before McClean’s follow-up was cleared. Darikwa then crossed for Wyke but the keeper did well to save.
Latics continued to dominate in the second half and their pressure was rewarded in the 51st minute.
Lang fired a shot towards the goal from the right, and it was deflected into the back of the net by the Dons defender Kalambayi.
They almost doubled their lead in the 53rd minute after Lang cut the ball back for McClean from six yards out, but his low strike was blocked on the line.
But Latics did double the lead a minute later when McClean fired an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Lang threatened once again in the 67th minute after he showed good strength but his effort was denied by a fine save from Tzanev.
Latics were rampant now and Wyke sent Lang racing through on goal, but his low shot from a tight angle was thwarted by Tzanev.
Keane then had a great chance to add a third. Power’s cross was flicked on by Tom Naylor to Keane at the back post, but the forward was unable to make it count.
Latics pressed forward for more goals and the score line could’ve easily been four or five to the visitors. But they always had to be alert to the hosts break and Ben Amos had to make an excellent save to deny Nesta Guinness-Walker.
This had been a brutally efficient performance by Latics who have now won five away games on the bounce and two consecutive games in the capital.
Manager Leam Richardson was rightly pleased with the day’s work.
“It was a very professional performance. It’s a very tough place to come and they are a very well-drilled side.
“I think they’ve only lost once here all year so we expected a really tough game.
“You have to respect every team in the league and we certainly did that today.
“We felt if we matched their work ethic and application then we felt we had the quality to come through and thankfully it did.
The games come thick and fast for Latics with Lincoln City and Burton Albion at home and they will be hoping to capitalise on their games in hand on leaders Plymouth and second placed Wycombe.