Brentford 0-0 Wigan Athletic

1 Oct

Brentford v Wigan


Wigan had conceded 11 goals in their previous five away Championship games

Wigan Athletic picked up their first away point of the season after holding Brentford to a goalless draw in the Championship.

The hosts dominated but Wigan’s Shaun MacDonald cleared John Egan’s header off the line and up on to the bar.

Nick Powell’s late free-kick almost stole all three points for the Latics but it was saved by Daniel Bentley.

Wigan stay outside the bottom three but have won just once in nine games, while Brentford remain unbeaten at home.

The visitors’ keeper Adam Bogdan saved from Lasse Vibe’s early low drive before defender Dan Burn’s superb tackle denied Scott Hogan a clear run at goal.

Vibe then fired wide as Brentford saw far more of the play and created the better chances.

Wigan’s Stephen Warnock bravely cleared an Egan effort as the hosts became increasingly frustrated by a resolute defence.

The draw saw Brentford denied victory at home for only the second time this season, having netted nine times in the previous two home games.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

“Wigan are a good side, they won League One comfortably and have some good players so you have to be at your best.

“Maybe after our last two games people expected us to go and beat Wigan with ease, but our set-pieces weren’t as good as they have been and you have to give them credit because they defended well.

“The fact that we are disappointed with a 0-0 and didn’t create as many clear-cut chances as we did on Tuesday (against Reading) is a good thing. It’s also another clean sheet and we were the better side.”

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell:

“We have a bit of momentum now and could have done with another game rather than the international break. We always look upwards and we want to progress as a club.

“Results-wise the start wasn’t good enough but we have come out of that and have emerged stronger as a group, and you could see that today.

“I’ve never doubted myself or my players and they took the hits on the chin and have come through it. It’s been a case of getting used to the Championship and having a bit of luck. We are now a stronger group to go and attack this league.”

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

John Egan (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Perkins.

Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Alan McCormack.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Adam Le Fondre replaces William Grigg.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nico Yennaris with a through ball.

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic).

Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Josh Clarke.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Lasse Vibe.

Delay in match Lasse Vibe (Brentford) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Alan McCormack with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

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