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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Max Power (33')
  • Gavin Massey (37')
  • Dan Burn (57')
  • Cheyenne Dunkley (66')

Wigan clinch promotion to the Championship with Fleetwood triumph

Wigan clinched promotion to the Championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Fleetwood at Highbury.
Fleetwood's new head coach Joey Barton watched on from the stands as the side he will take over on June 2 were not strong enough against the Champions elect, who steamrolled them in the second half.
And Paul Cook's men did it all without star man Nick Powell as Shrewsbury's draw with Bury ensured they could no longer be caught by Paul Hurst's outfit with a 10-point cushion and just three games left to play.
Though in the first half it was not the stroll in the park the scoreline reflects as Fleetwood put up a fight with boss John Sheridan left to rue what could have been had one of Ash Hunter's chances gone in.
Wigan got their opening goal in the 32nd minute as Max Power fired home as Fleetwood crumbled from therein with Gavin Massey pirouetting in the box before sliding the ball past Alex Cairns in the 36th minute to double the score.
Dan Burn calmly fired home in the 57th minute, while fellow centre half Chey Dunkley - not wanting to be left out - added the gloss as he converted from close range in the 66th minute.
In the end it could have been more as Latics took advantage of Fleetwood's new laidback mentality in the first of Sheridan's final three games before the new Barton era.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Plymouth Argyle 20 +15 43
2 Ipswich Town 20 +19 42
3 Sheffield Wednesday 19 +19 40
4 Barnsley 19 +9 33
5 Bolton Wanderers 19 +6 32
6 Peterborough United 20 +10 31
7 Portsmouth 17 +8 29
8 Derby County 18 +7 29
9 Port Vale 20 -5 29
10 Exeter City 20 +2 26
11 Lincoln City 18 0 26
12 Wycombe Wanderers 19 +1 25
13 Bristol Rovers 20 -3 25
14 Cheltenham Town 19 -5 25
15 Oxford United 19 +4 24
16 Charlton Athletic 20 +2 24
17 Fleetwood Town 20 +1 23
18 Shrewsbury Town 19 -4 23
19 Accrington Stanley 19 -11 20
20 Cambridge United 19 -12 20
21 Morecambe 20 -15 15
22 Milton Keynes Dons 18 -11 14
23 Burton Albion 19 -15 14
24 Forest Green Rovers 19 -22 14