Chris Powell is still waiting for his first win as Huddersfield Town manager, but at least a first clean sheet in 20 games was a plus.

Neither side really did enough to claim they deserved to collect all three points, and one point from two home games clearly isn't the start the new boss would have wanted.

Town have now gone 11 games at the John Smith's Stadium without a win, and Powell will hope a change of scenery does the trick, with the big derby at Leeds United looming.

He made two changes, Jon Stead and Danny Ward coming in for Harry Bunn and calf injury victim James Vaughan, last night.

Wigan were unchanged as they sought to snap a sequence of six successive away defeats in all competitions stretching back to last season.

Town, playing a 4-3-3 formation against Wigan's 3-5-2, began briskly, with Ward forcing a corner from which Joel Lynch headed over.

Ward then drilled in a low shot which Scott Carson stooped to save after another Jacob Butterfield flag kick was only partially cleared.

Centre-back Rob Kiernan headed over for Wigan before a free-kick 30 yards out brought nasty memories of last Saturday.

Grant Leadbitter might have drilled home a sizzler for Middlesbrough, but this time, Andy Delort smashed the ball straight into the Town wall.

Frenchman Delort, recently recruited from Tours, came closer in the 29th minute, when he was teed up by Andrew Taylor and brought a fingertip save from Alex Smithies.

 

That signalled a short burst of Wigan pressure during which Callum McManaman came close before James Perch had a header blocked.

Town counter-attacked, with Butterfield playing in Nahki Wells, but keeper Carson was alert to the danger and smothered the Town striker's effort.

Referee Seb Stockbridge was well placed when deciding McManaman had dived when challenged by Conor Coady and showed the visitor a yellow card.

Wigan were bossing possession as the first half drew to a close, but to the home fans' relief, struggled to turn it into meaningful chances.

Town began the second half with Sean Scannell on for Ward, but Wigan were still pushing forward, with Mark Hudson doing well to thwart Delort before Smithies saved from Emyr Huws.

Stead headed over from a Butterfield free-kick, but even with Scannell getting involved down the right, the home team were finding it hard to really threaten the Wigan goal.

There was a scare for the home side after 65 minutes, when Coady was robbed by Delort, but his shot flew over with substitute James McClean well placed in the middle.

Scannell did well to turn his marker and fire in a 70th-minute shot, but Spanish defender Ivan Ramis stuck out a foot to block.

Town made an enforced defensive change with 15 minutes remaining, with a limping Lynch replaced by Murray Wallace in central defence.

Scannell's burst down the right brought a decent late chance as Wells flicked the ball on to Stead, but his near-post shot was saved.

At the other end, James Tavernier picked out fellow substitute Oriol Riera with a neat cross, but the Spaniard's strike was too high.