MARTYN Waghorn celebrated becoming a full-time Wigan Athletic player with the only goal of a real war of attrition.
Latics made Waghorn’s loan move from Leicester permanent on the eve of the game, after the 24-year-old’s sparkling run of form since his January arrival.
And the 24-year-old marked it in style with a cool finish just after the half-hour mark.
In truth, it was one of the few pieces of real quality in a largely forgettable game at the DW.
Leeds, with only one win in their last 10 matches, offered precious little, with Ali Al Habsi hardly having a meaningful touch of the ball in the whole 90 minutes.
But Latics also struggled to get in their rhythm, and really had to dig deep to grind out a precious three points.
Jordi Gomez failed to hit the target with a couple of sighters from distance, before Wigan’s nerves were settled on 33 minutes.
James McArthur looked like he’d been fouled on the edge of the area, but referee Neil Swarbrick waved play on.
And Waghorn guided the ball home from 20 yards past England international goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Latics did a good job of keeping Leeds dangerman Ross McCormack quiet, with the 28-goal Scotland striker restricted to a couple of long-range efforts.