Wigan Athletic 2 Hull City 1

Josh Windass celebrates scoring the second goal
Josh Windass celebrates scoring the second goal

Sam Morsy and Josh Windass grabbed the goals as Wigan Athletic got back to winning ways in deserved fashion thanks to a 2-1 victory over Hull.

The skipper had only been a late inclusion, having had his red card at Brentford on Saturday overturned just hours before kick-off.

And he celebrated in perfect fashion, striding through the midfield before smashing he ball into the bottom corner on 21 minutes.

Windass - son of Hull legend, Dean - doubled the lead eight minutes before the break, nodding home Lee Evans’ cross to open his Wigan account.

And despite the Tigers pulling one back through Jared Bowen on 43 minutes, Wigan’s defence held firm for the rest of the game.

Latics might even have made the game safe before the end, but Windass, Nick Powell and Michael Jacobs were unable to convert decent openings.

The result sees Latics climb up to the heady heights of seventh place, behind sixth-placed Aston Villa only on goal difference, ahead of the Wednesday night action.

And over the balance of the 90 minutes it was three points they undoubtedly warranted.

Latics fans would have been nervous to see the name of Nouha Dicko in the Hull starting line-up, given the number of old-boys who’ve scored against them in recent years.

And the lively Frenchman was straight into the game, teeing up Chris Martin inside three minutes, only for Chey Dunkley to get across and block.

Moments later, Dicko then tried his luck from distance, and was only a couple of yards too high with his shot.

Wigan showed for the first time when Reece James rampaged forward down the right, and sent over a cross that was only just in front of Will Grigg, making his 300th league appearance.

Dicko threatened again when he took advantage of a mis-read from Dunkley to race down the left, and cut in with menace only to send a weak shot straight at Christian Walton.

Latics were getting a steady foothold in the game, though, and that translated into the scoreboard just before the midway point in the first half.

Will Grigg was fouled in the lead-up, but the referee played a fabulous advantage allowing Morsy to advance on goal before unleashing a rasping drive that flew into the net before Marshall could set himself.

Powell headed over and then fired wide as Latics tried to turn the screw, and were rewarded with a second goal on 37 minutes.

Grigg and James combined to tee up Evans, whose cross towards the far post was nodded home into the goal behind which the fans who still worship his father were housed.

Those Tigers fans did have something to cheer six minutes later, when Bowen advanced through the right channel and fired low and hard past the advancing Walton.

And Hull picked up where they left off after the break with some decent pressure.

Indeed, had Dicko picked a corner instead of lashing straight at Walton, they would have dragged themselves level.

Instead, Wigan remained in front, and they could have added to that lead themselves.

Windass couldn’t hit the target after Powell’s left-shot drive had been parried out by Marshall, who also denied Antonee Robinson with his legs after good link-up work from Jacobs.

Jacobs himself was then the recipient of a wonderful pass from substitute Kal Naismith in the closing moments, only to blast straight at Marshall from a tight angle.