Latics out of the relegation zone.

There was one change for the Latics, Wildschut did not recover in time from the hamstring injury against Burton and he was replaced by David Perkins. Recent signings Marcus Browne and returning Ryan Tunnicliffe, both featured on the bench.

The game started quite quietly with both teams not really testing each other.

Suddenly Wigan do some good work down the left, Stephen Warnock puts a ball in to the back post and Callum Connolly gets his head to it only seeing it straight to the goalkeeper hands.

Michael Jacobs collected the ball in the middle and managed to make a pass to Sam Morsy who sent a shot which hit against the inside of the post. It was looking a lot better at this point for Latics.

Morsy put Wigan ahead just before the half-hour mark with a fine strike after getting past 3 players and he left keeper Bentley no chance.

Morsy then had another chance but hit it just wide of the goal from a pass by Jacobs.

Brentford did go down their right hand side, Vibe put it through to the other side of the box only for Field to smash it over the bar.

On 32 minutes, Latics got some really good play going involving MacDonald, Power and Perkins who played it through to Will Grigg. Grigg nearly put it away but the keeper parried it to Sam Morsy who again hit a shot which was going wide but on the way through Harley Dean slid it into his own net, which made it 2-0.

The Bees started the second half well when John Egan and Lasse Vibe hit shots which went just wide from the edge of the area. A header from Andreas Bjelland forced a fantastic save from Latics goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard with about 25 minutes to go.

Wigan had a little bit more hope of making it 3 when it fell to Shaun MacDonald at the edge of the box who hit it just wide of Bentley’s goal.

In the last 5 minutes, Brentford were pushing and pushing and got a goal back which was scored by Jota which came from a scramble in the box after Haugaard had made the save but just couldn’t keep hold of it.

In the final stages of the game, Brentford kept pushing for that equaliser but just didn’t get it in the end.

Wigan climb to 21st and above Burton Albion on goal difference, who they beat 2-0 away last Saturday.

The season is looking a lot brighter for Latics now and looking more likely the Tics could stay up.

Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce said:

“We’ve just got to take one game at a time and keep trying to do the right things and make sure that we’re doing the right things in training next week.

“I thought there were a lot of good performances today. To a man, everybody contributed well and it was a really good team effort.

“Jakob Haugaard made a great save in the second half and he’ll be disappointed to concede late when the ball was bouncing around the area.”

Brentford boss Dean Smith said:

“It’s very frustrating. We’ve picked exactly the same side which played so very well against Newcastle last week and then today, it’s a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performance.

“I felt we got out-battled today and that’s the disappointing part of it. We’re a good footballing team, but teams aren’t going to let us play all the time.

“Wigan did a job on us and got in our faces, stopped us playing and the surface isn’t great here. We didn’t pass it as well as we can and caused ourselves problems.

“That’s very unlike us, I don’t think we’ve put in a performance like that in a long while.”

Wigan: Haugaard, Connolly, Warnock, Burn, Buxton, Perkins (Tunnicliffe 75′) Power (Le Fondre 84′), MacDonald, Morsy, Jacobs, Grigg (Morgan 90′).

Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, Gomez, Browne, Colclough.

Brentford: Bentley, Egan (Hofman 63′), Dean, Bjelland, Colin, Woods, McEachran (Jota 55′), Field, Sawyers (Clarke 75′) Vibe, Yennaris.

Unused Subs: Bonham,  Barbet, Kerschbaumer, Cole.

Referee: James Adcock
Attendance: 10,244
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer

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