Written by Morgan Lecomber     

Yanic Wildschut set up one and scored one as new boss Warren Joyce claimed his first win as the Latics manager, whilst Huddersfield went four without a win.

Both sides came into the match in poor form, Huddersfield sat 6th, clinging onto the play-off spots, meanwhile 23rd placed Wigan were desperate for three points as they looked to climb out of the relegation zone.

In the 7th minute, Town were forced to make an early substitution as skipper Mark Hudson pulled up with a hamstring injury, Christopher Schindler was his replacement.

As usual, the home side controlled possession but without causing any real problems for the Wigan goalkeeper.

Elias Kachunga found the net for Town but unfortunately for the Huddersfield fans, the goal was chalked off for offside.

Wigan were happy to let Town have the ball at their feet, but in the 40th minute the Latics broke on the counter and made Huddersfield pay. The powerful Wildshcut charged down the right before delivering the ball to unmarked on loan West Ham United centre back Reece Burke, who finished like a striker.

It got from bad to worse for the Terriers as Sean Scannell became the 2nd Town man to be substituted off after an injury sustained earlier in the game. Out of form striker Nahki Wells replaced him.

David Wagner’s team talk clearly sparked some life into the Huddersfield side who within 5 minutes of the 2nd half, found an equaliser through Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Wells’ low cross from the left made its way to Mooy at the far post, who couldn’t miss from inside the 6 yard box.

But just as the Town fans thought they’d got themselves back into the game, Wigan struck again. Wildschut broke away from the defence, sprinted from the half way line, rounded keeper Danny Ward and slotted home to put Wigan back ahead.

Huddersfield didn’t learn their lesson as Wigan’s smash and grab game plan worked once more.

Wagner responded by bringing Phillip Billing on for Hogg, but Town just couldn’t make possession, nor their shots count as they fell to a second home defeat of the season and stayed sixth.

Wigan rise to 22nd after the win and are only a point away from Blackburn in 21st.

Town have now shipped 15 goals in their last 6 games, after only conceding 10 in their opening 12.

 

Ratings:

Huddersfield Town: Danny Ward 6, Tommy Smith 6, Mark Hudson N/A, Jon Gorenc Stankovic 5, Chris Löwe 6, Jonathan Hogg 6, Aaron Mooy 8, Sean Scannell 7, Kasey Palmer 6, Rajiv Van La Parra 6, Elias Kachunga 7.

Substitutes: Christopher Schindler 5, Nahki Wells 6, Phillip Billing 6.

Wigan Athletic: Jussi Jääskeläinen 6, Reece Burke 8, Jake Buxton 7, Stephen Warnock 7, Luke Garbutt 7, Nathan Byrne 6, Shaun MacDonald 6, Max Power 6, David Perkins 6, Micheal Jacobs 7, Yanic Wildschut 9.

Substitutes: Dan Burn 7, Nick Powell 6, Craig Davies N/A.

 

A big win for Wigan, but can they build on it and climb up the table? Huddersfield and Wigan fans, do you agree with the ratings? Let us know in the comments below!

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