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Report & highlights: Wigan Athletic 2-0 Robins

25 September 2021

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Powerful top of the table Wigan Athletic inflicted defeat on Cheltenham Town at the DW Stadium.

Goals from Callum Lang and Charlie Wyke continued the Latics early season impressive form and condemned the Robins to a first League One defeat in five games.

Liam Sercombe returned to the starting XI for Michael Duff's men with the midfielder also handed the captains armband in the absence of the injured Will Boyle.

The league leaders got off to the best possible start when Lang got in behind and buried his shot on goal after just eight minutes.

Having began to settle, Cheltenham required goalkeeper Scott Flinders to pull off a much needed save to deny Lang and Wigan a second, with the experienced shot-stopper doing well to spread himself.

Lang was a real threat for the Latics, and he had another good shooting opportunity blocked brilliantly by Chris Hussey just past the half hour mark.

Wigan's forward momentum continued when Tom Naylor powered a shot just over the bar, though they couldn't add to their tally before the half time break.

It didn't take them long to do so in the second half however. Within just two minutes of the restart former Sunderland man Wyke guided home from a square pass to extend Wigan's lead.

Half time substitute Taylor Perry impressed after coming on, and he set up Sercombe for a hit on goal that Ben Amos stopped.

Another substitute, Kyle Vassell, tried his luck after Flinders forced the ball forward quickly from a long kick forward, and saw his effort just skip wide.

Flinders was called into action immediately after when he had to tip Naylor's flicked header from a Max Power free kick around the post.

On 90 minutes debutant Christian Norton earned a corner when his shot in the box clipped a Wigan man on the way through, but it would prove to be the first league game of the season Cheltenham couldn't find the net in, as Wigan completed a controlled win.

WIGAN: B Amos, K Watts, T Naylor, J Whatmough (C Tilt 60), J Cousins, M Power, C Wyke, W Keane, C Lang (G Edwards 90), J McClean (G Massey 85), T Darikwa

Subs not used: S Tickle, T Pearce, J Jones, S Humphrys

ROBINS: S Flinders, S Long, M Pollock, L Freestone (T Perry 46), M Blair, C Hussey, L Sercombe, C Thomas, E Chapman, A May (K Vassell 60), K Joseph (C Norton 77)

Subs not used: O Evans, E Bonds, G Horton, D Barkers

Referee: Joshua Smith

Attendance: 8867 (290 Robins)


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