Second-half goals from Chris Martin and Darren Bent gave promotion-chasing Derby their first win in eight matches.

Martin came on as a substitute at half-time and took six minutes to put the visitors in front, smashing the ball home from Johnny Russell’s cut-back.

Derby made it 2-0 when Jason Pearce’s poor clearance fell to Bent and he scored his ninth goal in 13 matches.

Wigan, who are now eight points from safety,

sacked boss Malky Mackay after the game.

The Latics, who have not won at home since August, enjoyed the best of the first half, with Derby’s best chance coming through a counter-attack.

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Tom Ince missed a good chance to put the visitors ahead when he latched on to Bent’s through ball but fired tamely at Ali Al-Habsi.

Midfielder Kim Bo-kyung was at the heart of Wigan’s best work and he created the hosts’ best opportunities.


The Korean crossed to pick out James McClean but his header was brilliantly tipped over by Lee Grant in the Derby goal.

The second half of Martin’s season has been hampered by injury and his last goal came on 31 January, during Derby’s win at Cardiff – the Rams’ last away victory.

With the visitors struggling to break down Wigan, manager Steve McClaren sent on the Scotland striker at half-time and it paid off when he rifled in his 20th goal of the campaign from the centre of area after Russell’s pass.


McClean saw another effort well saved by Grant but Derby were the better team after the break and Bent made the points safe.

Russell’s cross was intercepted by Pearce but his clearance fell kindly for Bent to finish.

Kim came close to pulling a goal back for Wigan but he was denied by another fine save from Grant.

Wigan boss Malky Mackay speaking before his sacking:

“I thought we were terrific in the first half, I really did. We got 17 crosses into the box, and when you have that domination from good areas, that should bring you a return of at least two goals.

“If that’s the case, in the second half all you’re talking about is game management, and seeing the game out. For all that good play, we go in 0-0 at half-time, and we know Derby will make a change because they have to.

“I thought we showed courage and we kept going, and we had four chances in their six-yard box. To not take one of them is criminal as far as we’re concerned.”

Derby boss Steve McClaren:

“It was a massive win that showed huge character. We’ve not had the rub of the green in the last few weeks, we’ve been playing well and performances have been good.

“Today we got that in both boxes – we defended for our lives and we had the quality we have been missing at the other end.

“We’ve had to be patient and wait for the likes of Darren Bent and Chris Martin to come back to fitness. Today showed how much we have missed them, and how much we’ll need them for the rest of the season.”

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al Habsi
  • 17 Boyce Booked (McCann – 63′ )
  • 04 Maguire
  • 28 J.Pearce
  • 20 Bong
  • 36 Kvist
  • 24 Perch
  • 16 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 11 McClean
  • 32 Fortuné (Murphy – 65′ )
  • 21 Clarke Booked (Waghorn – 75′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Carson
  • 07 McCann
  • 15 Pennant
  • 18 Ojo
  • 25 Barnett
  • 27 Murphy
  • 33 Waghorn

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 06 Keogh
  • 36 Albentosa
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 37 Warnock (Christie – 88′ )
  • 19 Hughes Booked
  • 08 Hendrick Booked
  • 11 Russell
  • 23 Ince (Dawkins – 93′ )
  • 10 Ward (Martin – 45′ )
  • 39 Bent

Substitutes

  • 02 Christie
  • 07 Dawkins
  • 09 Martin
  • 16 Lingard
  • 17 Whitbread
  • 21 Roos
  • 26 Hanson
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 14,697


Match Stats

Possession

55




45

Shots

17




9

On target

7




3

Corners

9




6

Fouls

17




16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 2.

90:00 +5:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 2.

90:00 +5:16

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

90:00 +2:51

Josh Murphy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:51

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

90:00 +2:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Tom Ince.

90:00 +1:33

Attempt saved. Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:57

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a cross.

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chris Martin.

90:00 +0:06

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:06

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

89:23

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Cyrus Christie replaces Stephen Warnock.

87:25

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

86:38

Josh Murphy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:38

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

85:26

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jason Pearce tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

85:08

Attempt saved. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:44

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

82:22

Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:22

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

80:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 2. Darren Bent (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

78:30

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris McCann.

78:00

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

76:33

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:33

Foul by Darren Bent (Derby County).

75:41

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic).

75:41

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:53 Booking

Booking Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:49

William Kvist (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:49

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Leon Clarke.

73:25

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

73:03

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Hughes.

71:19

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

70:48 Booking

Booking Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:31

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic).

70:31

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:06

Attempt blocked. William Kvist (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris McCann with a headed pass.

68:17

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

68:13

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

67:51

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:51

Foul by Darren Bent (Derby County).

66:46

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

66:46

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Murphy replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

63:43

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent.

63:05

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

63:05

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Emmerson Boyce.

61:43

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

61:43

Darren Bent (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:34

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic).

60:34

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:20 Booking

Booking Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:49

Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

57:32

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:32

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

56:58

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

56:58

Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:15

William Kvist (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:15

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

55:28

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by James Perch.

54:08

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

54:05

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:29 Booking

Booking Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:11

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

53:11

Darren Bent (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:31

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:31

Foul by Raúl Albentosa (Derby County).

50:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

49:10

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

49:10

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:57

Hand ball by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

45:46

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

45:46

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Jamie Ward.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +0:14

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

44:45

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

44:01

Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

43:25

Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic).

43:25

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:02

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

41:15

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:15

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

39:20

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Hughes.

35:39

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Grant.

35:37

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a cross.

34:14

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

34:14

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:39

Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

29:08

Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:08

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

27:12

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Kvist.

26:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:03

Delay in match Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

24:36

Offside, Derby County. Lee Grant tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

24:15

Attempt saved. Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

17:21

Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:21

Foul by Raúl Albentosa (Derby County).

16:30

Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

16:30

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:49

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

15:49

Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:46

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a cross following a corner.

15:17

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

14:41

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

13:39

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Raúl Albentosa.

11:39

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Bent.

10:51

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

9:52

Attempt missed. William Kvist (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

9:22

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:22

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

8:05

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a cross following a corner.

7:35

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

7:03

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Hughes.

5:08

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

2:24

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:24

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic).

1:34

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

0:55

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:55

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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