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Leeds stutter yet again as Wigan defeat sparks deja vu and sees West Brom move top of Championship


Wigan Athletic's players celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Leeds.  Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Wigan Athletic's players celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Leeds. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire


Wigan Athletic's players celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Leeds. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Leeds' title challenge suffered a huge blow as they were humbled 1-0 by relegation-strugglers Wigan.

Pablo Hernandez's unlucky 59th minute own-goal proved the difference between the two sides at Elland Road.

The defeat for Marcelo Bielsa's side saw them slip to second in the table as title-rivals West Brom beat basement side Luton 2-0 to leapfrog them at the summit.

A victory or a draw would have seen Leeds stay top, but Hernandez's deflection past his own keeper from a Joe Williams corner inflicted a surprise seventh loss of the season.

Latics boss Paul Cook made four changes to his starting side despite a welcome victory over Sheffield Wednesday in their previous match.

Tom Pearce, 21, was handed his league debut while regular left-back Antonee Robinson did not even make the squad after his move to Italian giants AC Milan fell through on transfer deadline day.

Experienced centre-back Chey Dunkley returned to the fold, while midfielder Williams and forward Gavin Massey were also recalled.

Leeds coach Bielsa kept an unchanged side to that which beat Millwall on Tuesday night - and the Argentinian was rewarded with a bright start from his charges.

Helder Costa went close to opening the scoring after just five minutes, but Wigan keeper David Marshall made a smart point-blank block at his near post to deny the Portuguese forward.

Jack Harrison went even closer two minutes later but he struck the right post with a rasping drive.

At the other end Wigan carved out their first chance and, what would prove to be, their only chance of the opening 45 minutes.

Skipper Sam Morsy deceived Patrick Bamford with a clever spin, but he saw his powerful strike parried by Whites keeper Kiki Casilla.

Stand-in left-back Ezgjan Alioski powered a shot well over the bar, before Bamford scuffed a shot and Wolves loanee Costa latched on to the ball and sent a curling left-foot shot inches over.

Striker Bamford picked out Jack Harrison with a superb pass, but the midfielder fluffed his lines from close-range and the Latics cleared the danger.

Midfielder Stuart Dallas blasted high and wide as the home team kept pushing for a breakthrough.

But it was at the opposite end that the Latics scored against the run of play just before the hour mark.

Williams' corner took a deflection off Hernandez and keeper Casilla was deceived as the ball flew over him and in.

Bamford had an excellent chance to equalise, but the striker mis-kicked and his tame shot went wide.

Midfielder Morsy powered a shot straight at Casilla as the Latics pushed to double their advantage.

However, Leeds forced the pace and Hernandez was only denied redemption for his unfortunate earlier error when his goalbound shot was brilliantly charged down in the box by right-back Nathan Byrne.

Bamford had another good chance to score, his third of the afternoon, but his header lacked power and Kai Naismith headed off his own line and the Latics got the ball to safety.

Substitute Tyler Roberts nearly made an immediate impact but he had a shot deflected wide for a corner.

Bamford had another header cleared off the line, this time by centre-back Cedric Kipre, but it proved to be a miserable day at the office for Bielsa's stuttering charges.

West Brom, meanwhile, moved one point clear of United at the summit by ending a seven-match winless streak in the league with a 2-0 triumph over bottom-placed Luton.

Donervon Daniels turned new loan signing Callum Robinson's cross into his own net after 14 minutes and Semi Ajayi added a second to condemn the Hatters to a 12th consecutive away defeat.

Fulham are now three points behind Leeds after holding off a strong Huddersfield fightback to win 3-2 at Craven Cottage.

The hosts had a 3-0 lead inside 32 minutes following goals from Bobby Reid, Tom Cairney and fit-again Aleksandar Mitrovic, the latter's 19th of the season.

Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounie reduced the deficit before half-time but it was not enough for Town.

Fourth-placed Nottingham Forest slipped up at Birmingham, losing 2-1.

Tiago Silva gave Forest the lead before Lewis Grabban saw his penalty saved by Lee Camp in the 41st minute.

Forest were punished when Blues debutant Scott Hogan levelled a minute later and Kristian Pedersen netted the winner 16 minutes from time.

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