REPORT: Wigan Athletic 1 Wimbledon 0
Wigan Athletic closed the gap on League One leaders Rotherham to four points - with two games still in hand - after seeing off struggling Wimbledon 1-0 at the DW.
Despite the disappointment of losing Glen Rea - making his first league start - in the early stages, Latics grew into the game.
Stephen Humphrys flicked the ball against the bar from close range, before Will Keane opened the scoring on 21 minutes.
Tom Bayliss - on for Rea - tried his luck from 25 yards and, although the ball was parried out by Wimbledon goalkeeper Nikola Tzanev, Keane slotted home from close range.
Joe Bennett saw a free-kick tipped over the top as Latics looked for a second goal.
But the second half was a different story as the visitors shwoed themselves as an attacking force.
It needed a good save from Ben Amos to deny Luke McCormick, before Gwion Edwards saw a shot turned round the post at the other end.
A well-worked Max Power corner found Bayliss, whose shot hit a team-mate on the way over.
But Latics were forced to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men when - after having made all three substitutes - Power had to be helped off with a right arm problem.
Latics remain three points clear of third-placed MK Dons – who they face next weekend – although they also have two games in hand over them.