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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Max Power (33')
  • Gavin Massey (37')
  • Dan Burn (57')
  • Cheyenne Dunkley (66')

Wigan clinch promotion to the Championship with Fleetwood triumph

Wigan clinched promotion to the Championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Fleetwood at Highbury.
Fleetwood's new head coach Joey Barton watched on from the stands as the side he will take over on June 2 were not strong enough against the Champions elect, who steamrolled them in the second half.
And Paul Cook's men did it all without star man Nick Powell as Shrewsbury's draw with Bury ensured they could no longer be caught by Paul Hurst's outfit with a 10-point cushion and just three games left to play.
Though in the first half it was not the stroll in the park the scoreline reflects as Fleetwood put up a fight with boss John Sheridan left to rue what could have been had one of Ash Hunter's chances gone in.
Wigan got their opening goal in the 32nd minute as Max Power fired home as Fleetwood crumbled from therein with Gavin Massey pirouetting in the box before sliding the ball past Alex Cairns in the 36th minute to double the score.
Dan Burn calmly fired home in the 57th minute, while fellow centre half Chey Dunkley - not wanting to be left out - added the gloss as he converted from close range in the 66th minute.
In the end it could have been more as Latics took advantage of Fleetwood's new laidback mentality in the first of Sheridan's final three games before the new Barton era.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 28 +22 50
2 Wycombe Wanderers 28 +4 50
3 Ipswich Town 28 +15 48
4 Peterborough United 29 +16 46
5 Coventry City 26 +10 45
6 Portsmouth 26 +10 44
7 Sunderland 26 +12 42
8 Oxford United 26 +17 41
9 Doncaster Rovers 26 +14 41
10 Burton Albion 27 +4 41
11 Fleetwood Town 26 +7 39
12 Bristol Rovers 27 -5 38
13 Lincoln City 29 0 37
14 Gillingham 27 +4 36
15 Blackpool 26 +2 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 25 -4 34
17 Accrington Stanley 28 -5 30
18 Rochdale 28 -14 29
19 AFC Wimbledon 27 -7 28
20 Milton Keynes Dons 28 -11 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 25 -17 22
22 Southend United 27 -39 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 25 -35 8