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Aston Villa claim their fifth win in six games to leave managerless Wigan seven points adrift of safety.Wigan Athletic – teamtalk.com 18 Mar 18:33
Rafael Benitez’s side were second best for long periods and have now scored only once in their last three matches, while Birmingham goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak made several excellent saves.
Fulham missed the chance to climb into the play-off places as they lost 3-1 at home to Wolves.
Ivan Cavaleiro gave Wolves a half-time lead and Andreas Weimann put them 2-0 ahead early in the second period.
Substitute Denis Odoi pulled one back for Fulham soon after, but Dave Edwards restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage.
Managerless Norwich halted their six-game winless run with a 2-0 home victory against Barnsley.
Jacob Murphy edged Norwich ahead just before the break and Angus MacDonald’s second-half own goal sealed Barnsley’s fate.
Aston Villa registered their fifth win in six league games with a 2-0 victory at struggling Wigan thanks to second-half goals from James Chester and substitute Scott Hogan.
Cardiff secured their first win in five with a 3-1 home victory over Ipswich, who had drawn their previous six.
Luke Chambers headed Ipswich into the lead, but Kenneth Zohore equalised before the break and notched his second soon after the restart before Joe Bennett added Cardiff’s third.
Brentford hit back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 at Burton, whose survival hopes were dealt a blow.
Marvin Sordell’s first-half double cancelled out Sergi Canos’ early opener for Brentford and Cauley Woodrow’s free-kick put Burton 3-1 up at the interval.
But Lasse Vibe struck twice after the break, either side of Canos’ second and Ramallo Jota added a late fifth for the Bees.
QPR condemned rock-bottom Rotherham to a seventh straight defeat with a 5-1 win at Loftus Road.
Matt Smith’s early goal was cancelled out by Rotherham’s Joe Newell, but Luke Freeman, Yeni Ngbakoto’s 49th-minute penalty – for Aymen Belaid’s foul on Smith – Massimo Luongo’s header and Nedum Onuoha’s late effort ensured another miserable afternoon for the visitors.
In a lunchtime kick-off at the City Ground, Daniel Pinillos’ stoppage-time header clinched Nottingham Forest a 2-2 draw against East Midlands rivals Derby.
Pinillos struck in the fourth minute of time added on to ensure both Forest boss Mark Warburton and Derby counterpart Gary Rowett, both appointed by their respective clubs on Tuesday, took a point from their first game in charge.
Derby pair Matej Vydra and David Nugent scored early in the second half to cancel out Zach Clough’s early opener for Forest before Pinillos’ last-gasp equaliser.
Aiden McGeady also scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Preston salvaged a 2-2 draw at local rivals Blackburn in another lunchtime kick-off.
Elliott Bennett and Craig Conway put Blackburn in front after Tom Barkhuizen had given Preston an early advantage and McGeady struck in the third minute of time added on.
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A host of Championship clubs are interested in signing Ryan Tunnicliffe, currently on loan at Wigan Athletic. The 24-year-old is out of contract at Fulham this summer and available on a free transfer.Wigan Athletic F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Mar 16:23
Former Manchester United Under-21s boss Joyce was sacked on Monday after winning only six of his 24 games in charge at the DW Stadium, with Wigan Athletic four points from Championship safety.Wigan Athletic – teamtalk.com 14 Mar 16:22
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has taken a swipe at sacked Wigan manager Warren Joyce by saying he did not consider the Latics to be a “threat” once they appointed him in November.
Former Manchester United Under-21 boss Joyce was sacked on Monday after winning only six of his 24 games in charge at the DW Stadium.Cardiff are currently 13th in the Sky Bet Championship but were a point above the drop zone, and Wigan, in 21st when Joyce took charge.
“No disrespect but when Wigan appointed him, I was delighted,” Warnock told BBC Radio Wales Sport.”I didn’t think they were going to be a threat to us.
“I like Warren but you can’t just put someone into the Championship who’s never been there – it’s nothing like youth football.”
Warnock recently signed a contract extension to stay as Cardiff manager until the end of the 2017-18 season.
The 68-year-old feels Cardiff are capable of mounting a promotion challenge next term and is confident about his position because of a lack of managerial talent elsewhere.
“I’m in a unique situation for a manager because I’m not bothered if I get the sack – they can sack me tomorrow if they want,” Warnock said.
“If I want another job, I can get another job.
“That’s not being conceited, I just don’t see many good managers around.
“There used to be hundreds, you could name them all but the Championship is not like any other league.”
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock did not consider Wigan Athletic to be a "threat" once they appointed Warren Joyce as manager.Wigan Athletic – teamtalk.com 13 Mar 13:45
Wigan have become the latest Sky Bet Championship club to sack their manager having ended Warren Joyce’s reign just four months after it started.
After Norwich axed Alex Neil on Friday and Derby dispensed with Steve McClaren on Sunday, Latics followed suit in removing Joyce from his post with the club four points adrift of safety with only nine fixtures remaining.
Wigan, who have placed assistant Graham Barrow in temporary charge for the remainder of the campaign, won only six of their 24 fixtures under Manchester United’s former reserve-team boss Joyce.
The 52-year-old left Old Trafford to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with Wigan on November 2, with chairman David Sharpe noting at the time that the deal’s length was “a measure of how highly we rate him”.
His work at United, where he helped nurture the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, had impressed Sharpe, though his era started off in disappointing fashion as Reading found themselves 2-0 up five minutes into Joyce’s first game in charge.
He was backed in the winter transfer window as eight new players arrived on deadline day alone but, having taken charge of a club in the relegation zone, Joyce was unable to steer them away from trouble.
Last year’s League One champions failed to score in eight of their 11 home fixtures under Joyce, and Saturday’s 1-0 loss to relegation rivals Bristol City at the DW Stadium proved the final straw.
“It is unfortunate that we have made this decision but, with the team in such a perilous position in the league, we need to act now because we cannot afford to fall any further behind,” Sharpe told Wigan’s official website.
“Warren was appointed with the future in mind in terms of developing players, but preserving our Championship status is the absolute priority and we have a duty to do whatever gives us the best chance of doing that.
“Results and performances have simply not been up to standard often enough in recent matches and, although we acknowledge the difficulties faced in managing a team in a league where we are competing against clubs with much larger budgets, the nature of some of our recent defeats, especially against close rivals, has fallen short in terms of what we as a club, and all our supporters, expect.”
Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic part company boss Warren Joyce after just four months with the Latics.Wigan Athletic F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 13 Mar 13:10
Alex Neil was cut by Norwich and Steve McClaren sacked for a second time by Derby prior to Joyce's dismissal, which comes with Wigan four points off safety in the Championship.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC 11 Mar 19:05
Aden Flint scores a late winner as Bristol City climb out of the Championship relegation zone by beating Wigan.Wigan Athletic F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 11 Mar 18:33
The gap between Fulham in seventh and Sheffield Wednesday in sixth is now two points, with the Cottagers having played a game less, following the Owls' 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.Wigan Athletic F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 10 Mar 16:28
Yet another vitally important weekend awaits in the Sky Bet Championship, where there are plenty of issues at both ends of the table to be resolved. We preview all the actionLatest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC 7 Mar 23:03
Dan Burn scores the only goal of the game as Wigan beat Birmingham to improve their Championship survival chances.Wigan Athletic – teamtalk.com 4 Mar 23:48
Emnes bagged his fourth goal of the season in the 58th minute with a brilliant piece of control and a finish to match that proved to be the decisive moment in the game as Blackburn made it seven points from the last nine.
Mowbray’s impact has been instantaneous, with a second successive 1-0 home win, and in a game of few chances they deserved to take all three points.
The lack of chances – and quality at times – is to be expected in a nervous and tense game that means so much to both sides, but Emnes provided the finish to take all three points.
And after securing their eighth win in 10 home league encounters against these opponents, Mowbray said challenged his striker to weigh in with more goals – this was his first since September 24.
He said: “I think the performance level of the team has been good. I think their endeavour, their drive, their commitment, their togetherness has been what’s got us through.
“Their desire and their resilience is what got us there today – and a brilliant goal from Emnes.
“Great distribution from Steele – two players I know very well from my time at Middlesbrough. Delighted for Marvin because he needs to add goals to his game and I know he can.
“In the past he’s got 18 or 19 league goals and he needs to get into double figures. If you’re going to play number 10 behind the striker in any football team, you have to have goals. You’ve got to get to double figures every season. I’m pleased for Marvin, pleased for the team and pleased for supporters.
“There was a lot of hard work from that group of players today and hopefully we’ll get the benefits. They can feel the togetherness and it builds really, and the confidence that wins will give you.”
With 30 goals all season, Wigan are the Championship’s lowest scorers and it was painfully obvious at Ewood Park, as their best chance came through a deflected effort.
After failing to score for the third time in four outings, assistant manager Graham Barrow said the midfielders and forwards have to be “braver” to get into positions that will result in more goals to push the team up the table.
He said: “It’s a massive game for both teams and Blackburn probably just showed the bit of quality that was needed to win it. We think we’ve got the quality on the pitch and we’ve got the lads who battle away at the back and keep you in the game.
“I think the finger has to be pointed at people higher up the pitch. From midfield onwards, we have to do better.
“There’s different ways to score and it’s probably down to bravery and commitment to get forward. It certainly wasn’t there first half was it? And even when we started to improve in the second half, we conceded.
“It’s still all to play for.”
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A victory would have lifted Latics level on points with 21st-placed Bristol City, yet they failed to muster a shot on target at the DW Stadium against a Forest side that only managed to register three themselves.
It was a sixth game in 23 days for Joyce’s rejigged side, which was bolstered by eight deadline-day signings at the start of the month, and he thinks the accumulation of fixtures is taking its toll.
With a free midweek before next weekend’s trip to fellow strugglers Blackburn, Joyce hopes the division’s lowest scorers will be recharged.
“We will prepare all week so hopefully we go into it a little fresher than the slog we’ve been on and give it everything they’ve got,” he said.
“I think they’ve done that over a sustained period. You couldn’t fault their effort and endeavour. Quality sometimes is the thing from tiredness or a slog, or that defiance sometimes when you play and everyone wants to hit a quality final pass or finish.
“Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in football, we’ve had plenty of chances and just not taken them.
“Some of those players have played every minute of every game; it’s not a massive squad. Some of the younger ones, the fitness levels are not the same as the experienced players.
“Lads are coming in because they’re not playing at other clubs – they’re not coming in ready-made, ready to go, they’re not up to the level of 35, 32-year-olds here because they haven’t been playing, they’re not battle-hardened.
“There’s a side issue of getting all those lads up to speed. The fresher ones might not actually be as fit as the ones playing every week.”
Jadedness was the reason Joyce gave for the 84th-minute withdrawal of Omar Bogle, who had scored three times in his previous five games and had looked the most likely to make something happen with a pair of first-half attempts he fired wide.
The substitution was booed by the home supporters and Joyce admitted he was disappointed that the fans failed to see his reasoning.
“Yes, really, if I’m being honest, the kid’s come from a lower league, he’s had a lot of games over a sustained period and is running on empty,” Joyce added.
“You’re looking at his minutes and his volume of work. If players end up breaking down because they’ve been pushing their bodies to a far higher extreme than they’ve ever experienced before in their life, and you lose them for six weeks…that’s more my concern.”
Forest are only six points above Wigan with 12 fixtures remaining, though boss Gary Brazil is not focused on any points target for safety at this stage.
“I don’t think about how many points we need,” he said.
“I think there’s 12 games to go and we’ll take as many points as we can out of those games. I think there will be an ability for us to get stronger as we go through the season.
“It’s not something I’m considering or thinking about. We will get fitter, stronger, work harder and the points will come for us.”
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