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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Jacobs (31')
  • Jay Fulton (35')
  • Cheyenne Dunkley (40')

Wigan bounce back from FA Cup exit with comfortable victory at Walsall

Wigan shook off their FA Cup disappointment to move within striking distance of Sky Bet League One's top two with a 3-0 win at struggling Walsall.
Three goals in 10 first-half minutes put Wigan a point behind second-placed Shrewsbury with two games in hand as new Walsall boss Dean Keates watched from the stands.
The Latics - FA Cup quarter-final losers to Southampton on Sunday - started brightly as Chey Dunkley headed wide from Max Power's early corner.
Wigan led on 31 minutes as Nick Powell's exquisite low cross picked out Michael Jacobs to steer home at the far post.
The Latics doubled their lead four minutes later as a free-kick fell to Jay Fulton 18 yards out and he lashed a fine finish into the bottom corner.
It was game over on 40 minutes as Saddlers keeper Liam Roberts spilled a corner and Dunkley rifled home Wigan's third from close range.
Walsall sought a consolation after the break but Latics keeper Christian Walton twice denied Kieron Morris and saved at Amadou Bakayoko's feet to leave the Saddlers just four points off the drop.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Hull City 41 +39 79
2 Peterborough United 40 +32 76
3 Sunderland 40 +28 71
4 Lincoln City 39 +19 66
5 Blackpool 39 +17 65
6 Portsmouth 40 +15 65
7 Oxford United 41 +14 62
8 Charlton Athletic 39 +6 62
9 Ipswich Town 40 0 60
10 Gillingham 41 +2 59
11 Accrington Stanley 40 -5 58
12 Doncaster Rovers 39 0 57
13 Fleetwood Town 40 +10 56
14 Milton Keynes Dons 41 -3 55
15 Crewe Alexandra 40 -7 55
16 Plymouth Argyle 41 -16 52
17 Burton Albion 40 -10 51
18 Shrewsbury Town 39 -2 50
19 AFC Wimbledon 40 -18 42
20 Wigan Athletic 41 -23 41
21 Northampton Town 41 -24 40
22 Bristol Rovers 41 -24 38
23 Swindon Town 41 -28 37
24 Rochdale 40 -22 36