REPORT: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Wigan Athletic 0 - Tics do everything but score in disappointing defeat

Latics couldn't find a breakthrough against a determined Wycombe rearguardLatics couldn't find a breakthrough against a determined Wycombe rearguard
Latics couldn't find a breakthrough against a determined Wycombe rearguard
Wigan Athletic went down to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Wycombe despite doing everything but score in the second period.

The home side scored what turned out to be the only goal after 20 minutes, when Josh Scowen lashed the ball towards goal from a tight angle and it somehow found its way through the hands of Sam Tickle.

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Latics had their best spell in the one added minute at the end of the half which said everything about how much improvement was needed in the second period.

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Three changes at the break - Matt Smith, Jordan Jones and Martial Godo for Liam Morrison, Baba Adeeko and Jonny Smith - underlined Shaun Maloney's need for vast improvement.

And after Beryly Lubala sent a free header wide from six yards shortly after the restart, Latics pretty much set up camp in the Wycombe half.

A Jones cross found Godo, who steered the ball just wide via a deflection, before Chris Sze and Charlie Kelman took over from Josh Magennis and Stephen Humphrys as Latics went all in for the last half-hour.

A good cross from Scott Smith was headed wide by Thelo Aasgaard, before an even better delivery from Jones deserved far more than for Kelman to miss the target from eight yards.

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Nice footwork from Sze created an opening, only for his left-foot shot to roll just wide of the post.

Godo then crossed for Aasgaard to head goalwards, only for the ball to clip a defender on its way behind.

Another Aasgaard header was then tipped round the post by Franco Ravizzoli, who made an even better save when Charlie Hughes met the resulting corner on the volley.

As the game entered the seven added minutes, Sze was forced off after taking a hefty blow to the head, with Tom Pearce coming on in his place.

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And there was time for one more Wigan chance, only for Jones to cut in and see his shot well saved by the home goalkeeper.

The result leaves Latics 13th in the League One table, 13 points above the relegation zone with eight matches to go.