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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 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10