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Wigan Athletic 1-4 Hull City: Tigers extend unbeaten away run to seven matches

Oscar Estupinan
Oscar Estupinan scored for the third game running to restore Hull’s lead

Hull moved further clear of the Championship relegation places as they consigned bottom side Wigan to a fourth straight defeat.

The Tigers took a deserved half-time lead thanks to Jacob Greaves who lashed a fine finish into the far corner following Jean Michael Seri’s corner.

The hosts levelled with their first effort on target just after the hour when substitute Nathan Broadhead muscled his way through to head in James McClean’s near-post corner.

However, Oscar Estupinan’s scuffed finish trickled across the line to restore the lead before Tyler Smith’s late double condemned Wigan to a third successive 4-1 defeat.

Hull have lost just once since Liam Rosenior took charge in November to climb up to 16th, seven points clear of the bottom three.

In contrast, Kolo Toure has picked up one point from his five games in charge, with 14 goals conceded in their last four, as Wigan stay one point adrift at the bottom and three points from safety.

Goals were expected in a meeting of the Championship’s two most porous defences, and the last three meetings between the sides at the DW have now produced 18 goals.

The Tigers, who are unbeaten in seven matches on the road including five wins, controlled much of the first half, but after Greaves’ third goal of the season, neither goalkeeper was tested before the break.

The Latics sensed their chance after Broadhead’s fifth goal of the season with Curtis Tilt heading over from Max Power’s cross.

But their defence was again culpable for their late collapse, with Estupinan the first to profit before Smith latched on to a long ball to round home keeper Jamie Jones and net, and then Regan Slater skipped through to tee up Smith’s sliding finish in stoppage time.

Wigan Athletic manager Kolo Toure told BBC Radio Manchester:

“It’s a tough result when you look at the game overall. For 75 minutes we stay in the game, create some chances.

“We were playing well and I felt we were going to score a second goal and put the game to bed, but we just gave them a few easy opportunities to score.

“And when you go to two, you chase the game, it goes to three and four again. This 4-1 does not reflect the game.

“It’s very hard to take as the manager and for the players as well because they gave a lot in the game, they gave everything.”

Hull City boss Liam Rosenior told BBC Radio Humberside:

“I thought we started the game well. We had complete control, we seemed to be attacking at will, and to get the breakthrough was fantastic.

“I wanted us to kick on from there. We didn’t, but we still had complete control, but at 1-0 anything can happen.

“I can’t remember Wigan having a shot on our goal, but all of a sudden they score from a set-play and then the crowd get up and it’s a difficult game.

“We have to make changes, but the lads who came on dragged us back into the game – I couldn’t be happier.”

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jones
  • 2Nyambe
  • 5Whatmough
  • 16TiltBooked at 42mins
  • 21BennettSubstituted forMagennisat 75′minutes
  • 8Power
  • 6CousinsSubstituted forNaylorat 55′minutes
  • 19LangSubstituted forBroadheadat 45′minutes
  • 10Keane
  • 11McClean
  • 23FletcherSubstituted forAasgaardat 55′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Naylor
  • 12Amos
  • 20Broadhead
  • 25Edmonds-Green
  • 27Darikwa
  • 28Magennis
  • 30Aasgaard

Hull

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ingram
  • 33ChristieSubstituted forFigueiredoat 83′minutes
  • 5Jones
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 4GreavesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Docherty
  • 24SeriBooked at 6minsSubstituted forTufanat 75′minutes
  • 16LongmanSubstituted forWoodsat 68′minutes
  • 27Slater
  • 9SayyadmaneshSubstituted forSmithat 45′minutes
  • 19EstupiñánSubstituted forCoyleat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Coyle
  • 3Elder
  • 6Figueiredo
  • 7Tufan
  • 15Woods
  • 22Smith
  • 32Lo-Tutala

Referee:
Geoff Eltringham

Attendance:
12,522

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