REPORT: FT Hull City 3 Wigan Athletic 1

Wigan Athletic have pulled off mission impossible and somehow avoided relegation against all the odds - despite losing 3-1 at League One champions Hull.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 7:11 pm
The celebrations at full-time

With relegation rivals Rochdale and Northampton both losing, Latics retained their four-point buffer over the bottom four - with only one game to go.

And despite Grant McCann's Hull securing the title with the three points, the achievement pales in comparison to Leam Richardson and his staff in making sure the Wigan rebuild under Phoenix 2021 Limited begins in the third tier

Despite the game having massive ramifications at both ends of the table, it was a free-flowing affair right from the off.

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Hull should have scored with their first real attack, only for Josh Magennis to somehow head wide from close range.

At the other end, Latics were claiming a penalty for a possible foul on Callum Lang that wasn't given.

And with the visitors still venting their displeasure at the decision, Hull took the lead through a Keane Lewis-Potter header on 17 minutes.

Within two minutes, however, Latics were level, with former Hull man Will Keane unlocking the home defence, and sending over a left-wing cross for Joe Dodoo to tap home.

Unfortunately for Latics, the lead only lasted three minutes, with Mallik Wilks backheeling into the path of George Honeyman, who smashed home from close range.

Magennis then saw a third Hull 'goal' disallowed for a clear foul on George Johnston before he headed home.

And Latics ended the first half choking on a sense of injustice after Lang was clearly felled in the Hull box, only for referee Bobby Madley to point for a corner.

The visitors picked up where they'd left off when the second period resumed, with Lee Evans seeing a shot deflected over and Curtis Tilt steering off target from close range.

But they were made to pay at the other end when Magennis nodded home from close range after Wilks headed the ball back into the danger zone.

Latics continued to push with Kyle Joseph, Thelo Aasgaard, Dan Gardner, Jamie Proctor and Zach Clough all being thrown on for the final few minutes.

But with results elsewhere going their way, the celebrations at the full-time whistle from the Wigan camp was every bit as raucous - and thoroughly deserved - as the home side's.

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