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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 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +30 61
2 Plymouth Argyle 29 +21 61
3 Ipswich Town 29 +25 55
4 Derby County 28 +24 53
5 Bolton Wanderers 30 +15 53
6 Barnsley 27 +10 47
7 Peterborough United 27 +13 44
8 Wycombe Wanderers 28 +11 44
9 Shrewsbury Town 29 +5 44
10 Portsmouth 27 +2 38
11 Exeter City 29 +1 38
12 Charlton Athletic 28 +4 37
13 Bristol Rovers 29 -9 37
14 Port Vale 28 -11 36
15 Oxford United 30 -2 35
16 Lincoln City 27 -3 34
17 Fleetwood Town 28 -2 29
18 Cheltenham Town 28 -12 29
19 Milton Keynes Dons 29 -13 28
20 Burton Albion 28 -19 28
21 Morecambe 28 -14 27
22 Cambridge United 28 -23 26
23 Accrington Stanley 26 -20 25
24 Forest Green Rovers 30 -33 21