Lou Macari had opted for an lineup similar to the one which finished off Blackpool last week.

He left out Clyde Wijnhard and tried Chris Hay in attack alongside Leon Knight but neither striker could find a way past the impressive defending of Arjan De Zeeuw and Jason De Vos.

Both defenders stood firm against an unimaginative Terriers side content to lump balls up to Knight and Hay - such balls were right up the streets of De Vos and De Zeeuw and they cleared most of them easily despite harrassing by Delroy Facey after he came on as a substitute.

Genuine chances were few in a game in where service was at a premium.

Chances did come, however, and both Chris Hay and Steve Jenkins had speculators which went high.

Jenkins in particular would have had a memorable goal had his 30 yarder crept in rather than continuing into the stands.

Leon Knight, Danny Schofield and Thomas Heary with a free kick at least tested John Filan but the Australian 'keeper was always behind the ball for his saves.

Most of these chances had come in a first half which Town had shaded but they didn't improve for the second half.

Wigan offered nothing in attack beyond the occasional threat at set pieces from which they garnered their best chance on goal.

Gary Teale's 50th minute corner was perfect for the onrushing Arjan De Zeeuw who went past Town's defenders and forced a strong header straight into the arms of Martyn Margetson with the goal at his mercy.

It was the best chance of the half, perhaps of the game, and Town struggled to compete for the rest of the game, losing Steve Jenkins with an injury to his right knee towards the end.

John Thorrington and Danny Schofield had too little of the ball to offer Hay, Knight and, later, Delroy Facey any service and spectators expecting another late goal were sorely disappointed as the game fizzled out with Wigan in the ascendancy.

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Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Jenkins (Mattis 79), Gray, Clarke, Moses, Thorrington, Heary (Facey 60), Hay (Irons 73), Knight, Schofield
Subs not used: P. Senior, Wijnhard
Booked: Gray

Wigan (4-4-2): Filan, De Zeeuw, De Vos, Jackson, Green, McMillan, Teale (Kilford 87), Dinning, Mitchell, Liddell, McCulloch (Roberts 74)
Subs not used: Nolan, Dalglish, Brannan
Booked: McCulloch

Referee: Colin Webster (Durham)

Attendance: 12,844 (1,070 Away)

Match points follow on subsequent pages


Boos of frustration were heard as the game ended all square.

93 mins: Dinning's corner at the death came in but Nathan Clarke and Arjan De Zeeuw clashed heads - a long stoppage was required.

91 mins: 3 minutes of added time were indicated.

90 mins: Wigan were finishing stronger and Town had to defend.

88 mins: Irons tried to find Knight on the right - he tried to find Facey but his pass fell just wide.

87 mins: De Zeeuw headed towards the goal-line but Liddell got in the way and was adjudged offside.

86 mins: Moses conceded a corner and Town had to concentrate.

85 mins: Both sides were finding it hard to create chances and the game was increasingly quiet as it went into the final stages.

79 mins: Steve Jenkins was struggling and had to be replaced - Lou Macari opted for Dwayne Mattis as Town had to re-shuffle a defender down.

78 mins: Wigan were holding firm as Town continued to break them down at every opportunity.

72 mins: Kenny Irons came on for Chris Hay.

70 mins: Facey closed down Filan to put pressure on him to clear.

69 mins: Lee McCulloch had the ball in the back of the Town net but Margetson had clearly been fouled. Gray was booked for having a go at McCulloch.

68 mins: Delroy Facey was posing problems to the Wigan defence who were still unambitious in the attack.

64 mins: Thorrington crossed into the box after good work from Knight but Schofield couldn't control it and De Vos got his challenge in.

61 mins: Thomas Heary was exchanged for Delroy Facey as Town decided to push for a winner.

60 mins: Wigan looked like they might sneak something on one of their rare forays forward if Town didn't get past their defenders. Knigth and Hay were getting little change from De Zeeuw and De Vos. Delroy Facey was warming up on the sidelines as Macari looked to change things round.

52 mins: Thorrington was tackled by a Wigan player.

50 mins: Wigan's corner was taken by Teale - De Zeeuw came steaming in with a header and Margetson had to be alert to make the save on his own goal line - the Wigan man had evaded the Town defence!

A dull first half with few chances saw Town compress play into midfield against an unadventurous Wigan side.

Danny Schofield had tested John Filan with a shot fired straight at the Australian 'keeper while Martyn Margetson had little to do, with a couple of crosses and back passes coming his way.

44 mins: Holland's pass was wayward as Town tried to break the deadlock.

43 mins: Thorrington went past 3 defenders but couldn't make it past the 4th.

42 mins: McCulloch stamped on Leon Knight and was booked for his challenge after an advantage was played.

41 mins: Clarke's cross was poor and Wigan countered through McMillan who held off Gray until Moses came across and cleared.

40 mins: Hay won the ball and found Leon Knight whose shot was on target but was saved by Filan.

39 mins: There was little in the way of entertainment - Liddell's cross was well looked after by Margetson.

34 mins: De Zeeuw headed wide from the corner.

33 mins: Gray had to concede a corner after Wigan embarked on a swift counter-attack.

32 mins: McCulloch cleared poorly after Thorrington's cross.

26 mins: Thorrington passed to Schofield who tested Filan with a rasping effort.

25 mins: A Steve Jenkins 30 yarder fizzed just wide with Filan off his line.

24 mins: Filan ran out to intercept Schofield's shot after a superb move by Town orchestrated by Chris Holland.

22 mins: Hay touched the ball short and Thomas Heary blasted high as Danny Schofield played interference in the Latics wall.

22 mins: Wigan conceded a dangerous free kick on the edge of their area - the Latics built a 6 man wall.

21 mins: Hay's header was on target but it was an easy save for Filan after Moses put a through ball in.

19 mins: Town gave the ball away after thwarting a Wigan attack. Thorrington made a clever tackle but Town didn't use the possession on offer as the game slowed up in midfield.

17 mins: Thorrington went on a winding run but the attack eventually fizzled out despite there being plenty of space to exploit.

15 mins: Tony Dinning's shot was on target but Heary headed clear and Margetson made the save.

14 mins: Gray was fouled as he made a defensive header but the referee opted to give a corner.

12 mins: Teale went past Heary and crossed but Margetson collected with ease.

10 mins: Visiting fans were in good voice as the game was being played in an open manner.

5 mins: Hay was thwarted by a deflection by De Vos as his lined up to meet Schofield's cross at the end of a flowing move.

2 mins: Danny Schofield was patrolling the left flank as Chris Hay was played upfront with Leon Knight to add his physical presence to Knight's speed.

1 min: Thorrington was upended for a free kick on the rutted McAlpine pitch.

Lou Macari opted to drop Clyde Wijnhard and leave Gareth Evans out of the squad despite his return from suspension. He kept faith with the side which beat Blackpool last week and the question was, who would parter Leon Knight up front: Chris Hay or Danny Schofield?

Wigan were without striker Simon Haworth who signed for Tranmere yesterday.