WIGAN Athletic’s catastrophic campaign reached a new low as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Huddersfield.
The day after losing FA Cup heroes Ben Watson and Shaun Maloney, Latics lost more ground at the bottom of the Championship with another below-par display.
They were fortunate to go into the break on level terms with the visitors having two efforts cleared off the goalline.
First Liam Ridgewell did well to get back and clear James Vaughan’s goalbound header.
Then Martyn Waghorn was in the right place at the right time to nod away Mark Hudson’s powerful header from a corner.
However, Latics couldn’t take advantage of their escape after th interval and force what would have been a crucial winning goal.
Despite making early changes to send on Marc-Antoine Fortune, Don Cowie and Andy Delort, they didn’t threaten Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies anywhere near enough.
And there was a late sting in the tail as St Helens lad Conor Coady secured all three points for the Terriers.
There was a huge element of fortune about the winner, as Coady’s effort from the left wing was surely an overhit cross that somehow found its way over Scott Carson and dipped into the top corner.
But Latics can have few complaints and Malky Mackay clearly has a massive job on his hands to turn this season around in time.