Stoke stunned by newly promoted Wigan as winless run goes on

Will Grigg has scored three goals in his past two games for Wigan Athletic

Stoke City’s winless start in the Championship continued as they were well beaten by newly promoted Wigan Athletic.

Wigan took the lead when Will Grigg poked home from Gavin Massey’s low cross into the box, and they doubled their advantage when Massey finished from a tight angle.

The hosts conceded a penalty when Joe Allen brought down Grigg, who fired past Jack Butland from the spot for his second.

As the game drew to a close, Stoke were reduced to 10 men when Ashley Williams was sent off for a second yellow card after a bad tackle on Massey.

Stoke struggled for long periods and the result means they have now failed to win their past nine home league games, stretching back to last season when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Williams, meanwhile, has been sent off in two of his past three league starts, with his previous red card coming for Everton against Burnley in March.

Boos rang around the Bet365 Stadium at the final whistle after another poor performance from the Potters, who have taken just two points from a possible 12 under Gary Rowett.

Perhaps more worryingly for Rowett, his side failed to register a shot on target in the whole 90 minutes.

The hosts had in fact started well, with Benik Afobe having the ball in the net early on when he finished coolly past Christian Walton, but the flag was raised for offside.

However, Northern Ireland striker Grigg’s brace and Massey’s first-half goal ensured Stoke’s search for a first league win since their relegation from the top flight continues.

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

“I’ll take responsibility for that performance and I’ll look at what I’ve done and be brave enough to say that. What I need is some of the players brave enough to say that.

“If the fans want to boo me, I’m fine with that. I can’t complain about it or say they’re unjustified in doing it.

“I’ll be man enough to stand outside there and try and turn this thing around.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

“We always felt we’d have moments in the game and obviously the key moments tonight have gone our way.

“The goals were scored at good times in the game for us and when you win a game like that, everything has to fall into place.

“Stoke not scoring early in the game was massive for us.”

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 78mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 7InceSubstituted forBojanat 45'minutes
  • 24FletcherSubstituted forEteboat 72'minutes
  • 4AllenBooked at 56mins
  • 11McCleanBooked at 45mins
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forCrouchat 64'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 8Etebo
  • 16Adam
  • 23Martina
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 36Souttar

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12JamesBooked at 73mins
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 11Massey
  • 25PowellBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 81'minutes
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forWindassat 76'minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forConnollyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Windass
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
23,158

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Crouch.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Connolly with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Nick Powell.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Etebo.

Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ashley Williams (Stoke City) for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass replaces Michael Jacobs.

Booking

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Etebo replaces Darren Fletcher.

Booking

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces William Grigg.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Saido Berahino.

Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.

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