Kemar Roofe’s winner condemned Wigan to first league defeat at the DW Stadium since February on an emotional day at the DW stadium as they said goodbye to the Whelan era.
Reece James opening the scoring for Latics with his first professional goal inside six minutes after his precise free-kick, only for Pablo Hernandez to equalise three minutes later, ahead of the winning goal from Kemar Roofe one minute into the second half.
A minute’s applause was also held in appreciation of the 23 years of the Whelan family ownership at Wigan Athletic, as Latics aimed to bid a fitting farewell in their final game in charge.
Bolton Wanderers fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday evening with Jack Grealish and James Chester scoring the goals for the Villans.
“I thought we had more than enough chances to get something from the game,” said Manager Phil Parkinson after the game.
“I think everybody who has watched it can see that.When we have periods of pressure, like we have done of late, we have to take those opportunities.”
Rochdale Manager Keith Hill has praised the performance of his players following Dale’s 0-0 draw with Luton Town at the Crown Oil Arena, hailing it as tremendous.
“I enjoyed watching it – I thought it was tremendous,” said Hill. “It was a marvellous display for any neutral watching. It’s the way football should be played.
Matty Done saw two efforts superbly saved on the line in the first-half, before Zach Clough struck the underside of the crossbar late on, as Dale had to settle for just a point at the Crown Oil Arena, despite the visitors being reduced to ten men with 17 minutes left to play.
A clinical Bury side romped to a 4-1 victory against League Two strugglers Macclesfield.
A brace of goals from Neil Danns, including a Goal of the Season contender, and a Jay O’Shea free-kick in the first half pretty much ended the tie in the opening period.
Oldham Athletic manager Frankie Bunn believes his side have been punished for missed chances.
Latics led twice at the Lamex Stadium but a 3-2 comeback from the home side gave Stevenage all three points. A late goal from substitute Danny Newton secured the win after Oldham have the lead through Ishmael Miller and Callum Lang, but they were pegged back by Joel Byrom and Kurtis Guthrie.