Huddersfield 1 Latics 0

Emmerson Boyce at Huddersfield
Emmerson Boyce at Huddersfield

Adam Clayton’s goal five minutes from time denied Latics a point from a game they really ought to have won.

The visitors dominated for long periods on a testing afternoon in West Yorkshire.

But they were unable to make the most of several clear-cut chances - and paid a high price at the end.

Marc-Antoine hit the bar on the hour mark, while Martyn Waghorn marred an otherwise excellent debut by somehow volleying wide from inside the six-yard box.

James Perch planted a free header from close range over the bar, and Latics were always leaving themselves vulnerable to being caught at the other end.

They were given a let-off when Oliver Norwood’s stunning free-kick from distance hit the bar before being regathered by Ali Al Habsi.

But they failed to heed the warning and conceded in the closing stages.

James McArthur’s attempted clearance barely made it outside the Wigan box thanks to the strong wind that was driving into their faces.

Clayton controlled instantly, and from 25 yards drilled a lovely shot that beat Al Habsi at his near post.

Unlike last week, Wigan’s three substitutes - Callum McManaman, Chris McCann and Nicky Maynard - were unable to make an impression on proceedings.

And Latics remain on the outside of the play-off picture looking in ahead of Tuesday night’s rearranged trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

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