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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 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 34 +31 67
3 Sunderland 33 +27 65
4 Portsmouth 34 +19 62
5 Charlton Athletic 34 +16 59
6 Doncaster Rovers 32 +19 54
7 Peterborough United 34 +6 52
8 Fleetwood Town 34 +9 48
9 Blackpool 33 +5 48
10 Coventry City 33 -1 46
11 Burton Albion 34 +1 43
12 Wycombe Wanderers 34 -6 43
13 Southend United 34 -1 41
14 Plymouth Argyle 34 -9 41
15 Accrington Stanley 32 -9 41
16 Scunthorpe United 34 -17 41
17 Gillingham 34 -12 39
18 Walsall 34 -18 38
19 Shrewsbury Town 33 -9 36
20 Oxford United 34 -11 36
21 Bristol Rovers 33 -6 34
22 Rochdale 34 -30 34
23 Bradford City 34 -17 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 34 -25 29