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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Jacobs (12')

Michael Jacobs effort enough as Wigan edge past basement side Rochdale

Michael Jacobs' first-half strike proved to be the difference as Wigan edged out Rochdale in a hard-fought Sky Bet League One clash at the DW Stadium.
Wigan started on the front foot and moved in from with their first real sight at goal in a match with provided little quality.
Captain Jacobs found the ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area and his left-foot shot found into the bottom corner to put the hosts ahead.
James Vaughan should have done better with a header from close range shortly after, before Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis was forced into a great save to deny Jamie Walker, who drilled in a powerful effort after cutting in from the left wing.
Wigan were given a warning with eight minutes before the break when Dale skipper Ian Henderson's effort flew inches wide of Christian Walton's goal.
Wigan spurned a fantastic chance to double their lead when Walker rounded Lillis but he could not get his effort on target after drifting too far around the goalkeeper.
Chances were few and far between in the second half with Wigan coming the closest to finding the net once through Max Power's late free-kick, but his strike rattled the crossbar.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 44 +47 91
2 Barnsley 44 +41 88
3 Portsmouth 43 +33 86
4 Sunderland 43 +35 84
5 Charlton Athletic 44 +27 82
6 Doncaster Rovers 44 +16 69
7 Peterborough United 43 +9 66
8 Coventry City 44 +2 64
9 Blackpool 44 +2 62
10 Burton Albion 44 +10 60
11 Oxford United 44 -4 59
12 Fleetwood Town 43 +6 57
13 Gillingham 44 -12 52
14 Accrington Stanley 44 -20 51
15 Rochdale 44 -30 51
16 Bristol Rovers 44 -4 50
17 Shrewsbury Town 44 -8 50
18 Wycombe Wanderers 44 -12 50
19 Southend United 44 -13 47
20 Plymouth Argyle 44 -21 47
21 AFC Wimbledon 44 -22 46
22 Scunthorpe United 44 -28 46
23 Walsall 44 -25 43
24 Bradford City 44 -29 37