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LATICS IN GOOD NICK FOR PROMOTION CHASE.

WIGAN 2

Barnett 21, Powell 49

HUDDERSFIELD 1

Norwood 45

LEON BARNETT and Nick Powell gave Wigan a valuable first win in five matches - and a massive boost to their promotion hopes.

The FA Cup holders had to dig deep to earn the points on a miserable afternoon at the DW Stadium.

The Latics took the lead just before the midway point in the first half, when Ben Watson's corner was headed home powerfully from close range by Barnett.

Town equalised on the stroke of half-time when Oliver Norwood's shot deflected in off the unfortunate Ryan Shotton.

But Wigan were rewarded for their positivity at the start of the second period when Powell took Jordi Gomez's pass and rifled past Alex Smithies from close range.

MATCH Huddersfield boss Mark Robins felt his side were unfortunate to lose and called on Adam Hammill to 'grow up' after the winger's public show of petulance. Hammill was substituted on the hour mark and his response suggested he disagreed with the decision. Robins confirmed that Hammill had apologised to him but he insists he needs to change his attitude.

"Adam is going to end up paying us money to play for us because he's being fined every week," said Robins.

STATS Latics chief Owen Coyle admitted his side had to dig deep but thought they were good value for a first win in five matches.

He said: "The lead we had was fragile but I thought we should have had a couple of penalties in the game."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2013
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