SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday February 9th, 7.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Callum Lang 81
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Peter Kioso, Lloyd Jones, Cian Bolger (sub Caleb Chukwuemeka 85), Fraser Horsfall, Joseph Mills (sub Ricky Korboa 67), Shaun McWilliams (sub Bryn Morris 46), Jack Sowerby (sub Ryan Watson 46), Sam Hoskins, Danny Rose, Ryan Edmondson (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 67)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Michael Harriman
Wigan: Jamie Jones, Tendayi Darikwa, Curtis Tilt, George Johnston, Callum Lang (sub Corey Whelan 90), Will Keane (sub Joe Dodoo 88), Funso Ojo, Scott Wootton, Chris Merrie, Thelo Aasgaard (sub Viv Solomon-Otabor 76), Luke Robinson
Subs not used: Zach Clough, Dan Gardner, Alex Perry, Owen Evans
Referee: Marc Edwards
Cobblers: Jack Sowerby (34, 5th of the season), Cian Bolger (41, 7th), Peter Kioso (65, 1st)
Wigan: Curtis Tilt (64), Will Keane (83)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Keith Curle named an unchanged side for the re-arranged visit of Wigan Athletic with Benny Ashley-Seal back on the bench after recovering from a minor knock.
On a bitterly cold night at the PTS Academy Stadium it was Wigan who threatened early on, Jonathan Mitchell making a good one-on-one save with Will Keane’s follow-up effort blocked by a teammate.
The Cobblers players appealed for a penalty when a Sam Hoskins free-kick cannoned off the Wigan wall but referee Marc Edwards wasn’t convinced. Sam Hoskins put a couple of dangerous balls into the box but neither Ryan Edmondson nor Jack Sowerby could get a clean shot off and Wigan were able to clear. Peter Kioso then fired over after Hoskins' initial shot was blocked as the home side tried to carve out a clear opening.
Bryn Morris and Ryan Watson came on for the second half in place of fellow midfielders Jack Sowerby and Shaun McWilliams, Morris making his home debut following a January loan move from Portsmouth.
It was a tight, tense affair and Curle made another double change midway through the second half, bringing on Benny Ashley-Seal and Ricky Korboa in an attempt to open the game up.
Callum Lang made the breakthrough for Wigan on 82 minutes, tucking the ball past Mitchell after running through on goal.
The Cobblers responded by bringing on Caleb Chukwuemeka for Cian Bolger but were unable to find an equaliser and the Latics claimed all three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (7) 18
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
WIGAN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (1) 1
FOULS: (4) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2