Watford 1 Wigan Athletic 0

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WIGAN Athletic slipped to a hugely-controversial 1-0 defeat against fellow promotion hopefuls Watford at Vicarage Road.

Despite dominating for long periods, the visitors found themselves on the wrong end of a couple of big decisions from referee Andrew Madley.

Ben Watson in action at Watford

Ben Watson in action at Watford

In the first half, Madley disallowed what looked to be a perfectly good goal from Nick Powell, for an offside in the build-up.

Then, in the final quarter, Powell was clearly clipped inside the Watford area by Lloyd Doyley, only for Madley to wave play on.

There was then a depressing inevitability about what followed, with Christian Battocchio slotting past Scott Carson from 20 yards with eight minutes remaining.

For full match report and reaction, see Monday’s Wigan Evening Post.

Latics: Carson; Shotton, Rogne, Barnett, Perch; McArthur, Watson, Gomez; Powell, McClean, Fortune.

Subs: Nicholls, Boyce (for Rogne, 86), Beausejour, Espinoza, McCann, McManaman (for Fortune, 25), Dicko.

Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Angella; Anya, McGugan, Iriney, Murray, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeny.

Subs: Bond, Belkalem, Battocchio (for Murray, 57), McEachran, Acuna, Faraoni (for Pudil, 66), Fabbrini (for Iriney, 79).

Referee: Andrew Madley.