WIGAN Athletic’s home discomfort continued as their task of staying in the Championship became even harder following a 1-0 defeat to Leeds.
Alex Mowatt scored the only goal five minutes into the second half with a wonderful volley that was worthy of winning any game.
In fairness, Scott Carson hardly had a shot to save for the rest of the game, with the visitors content to play on the counter-attack.
Latics enjoyed the majority of the ball and asked most of the questions, but found the wall of white in front of Marco Silvestri an impossible barrier to breach,
A succession of quality crosses from the left-hand side failed to spark an equaliser, with Wigan’s forward players unable to make a telling final touch.
Marc-Antoine Fortune, Sheyi Ojo and James McClean all put in balls that deserved better.
But a mixture of Wigan’s profligacy and Leeds’ doggedness kept the home side out.
Wigan’s afternoon was summed up when Kim Bo-Kyung - who had scored in each of the last two matches - pulled the trigger from the edge of the area.
With the ball arrowing towards goal, it was diverted to safety after striking the unsuspecting McClean.
The result leaves Latics eight points adrift of Fulham and nine behind Brighton and Rotherham, whom they visit next weekend for a real all-or-nothing encounter.