Report: Blues 1 Wigan Athletic 1

Lukas Jutkiewicz celebrates his early goal against the Latics.
Lukas Jutkiewicz celebrates his early goal against the Latics.

Blues extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.


Blues rounded off their 2018/19 home league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic.

In what was an open and entertaining encounter affected by the difficult weather conditions, Lukas Jutkiewicz broke the deadlock in the opening minutes, with his 14th goal of the season.

But the Latics shared the spoils courtesy of Nick Powell's goal on the stroke of half-time.

There were three changes to the Blues starting line-up with Marc Roberts, Wes Harding and Kerim Mrabti coming in for Harlee Dean, Michael Morrison and Jacques Maghoma.

Blues made the perfect start on a cold and windy afternoon at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy as they took the lead after just 90 seconds.

Gary Gardner slid the ball into Jutkiewicz on the right of the box and the striker made no mistake as he prodded it between the goalkeeper's legs and into the back of the net.

Blues were continuing to pile on the pressure and Che Adams intercepted the ball on the edge of the Wigan box, before firing straight at Wigan 'keeper Jamie Jones.

Jutkiewicz then looped a far post header into Jones' hands following a Gardner cross.

But Wigan began to get a strong foothold in the game and should have levelled with a least one of the three chances they created in just a matter of minutes.

Joe Garner struck the post with his attempt, before Nick Powell forced a good diving save from Lee Camp.

The same Wigan player then saw his goabound effort deflected behind for a corner.

In what was a really open contest, Jota then curled an effort over the bar from just outside the area.

With 35 played, Harding denied the visitors a certain goal as he cleared Garner's effort off his own goal line with Camp floundering on the ground.

Jota found Adams with a neat through ball, but from an acute angle the striker was unable to beat Jones who saved comfortably.

Blues then won a free-kick in a decent position inside Wigan's half.

Jota sent a curling ball towards the far post. but Roberts' flicked header flew just wide of the upright.

With just seconds to play before the half-time whistle, Wigan found themselves level when Powell's shot was deflected just past the fingertips of Camp and it nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

Half-time Blues 1 Wigan 1

Wigan made a double substitution at the break with Kai Naismith and Joe Gelhardt replacing Josh Windass and Cedric Kipre.

And on 51 minutes Blues made their first change as Craig Gardner was sent on for David Davis.

With the wind behind them Wigan were putting Blues under all sorts of pressure, with the hosts regularly being pinned back in their own box.

Camp was forced to save low down from Gelhardt and then Garner tried his luck with a shot which bobbled just wide of the upright

With just over an hour gone Blues made their second change with Isaac Vassell sent on for Adams, and the number nine received a rapturous round of applause from home crowd as left the pitch.

Monk then made a second change on 75 with youngster Charlie Lakin sent on in place of Gary Gardner.

Blues were beginning to up their attacking ante, but it was the visitors that had the next attempt on goal as Gelhardt drilled a low shot a yard wide of Camp's post.

Both sides huffed and puffed in search of that elusive second goal but were unable to find it in the remaining minutes of the game.

Blues now travel to Reading for their final fixture of the season next Saturday.

Blues (4-4-2): Camp, Colin, Harding, Roberts, Pedersen, Jota, G Gardner (Lakin, 75), Davis (G Gardner, 51) , Mrabti, Adams (Vassell, 63), Jutkiewicz.

Subs (not used): Trueman, Dacres-Cogley, Lakin, Maghoma, Mahoney.

Bookings: Roberts (71).

Goal: Jutkiewicz (2).

Wigan Athletic (3-4-2-1): Jones, Dunkley, Olsson, Kipre (Gelhardt, h/t), Byrne, Robinson, Gibson, Evans, Windass (Naismith), Garner, Powell (Weir, 82).

Subs (not used): Walton, Pilkington, Roberts, Long.

Bookings: Dunkley (31).

Goals: Powell (45+3).

Referee: Stephen Martin.

Attendance: 23, 645 (1,381 Wigan fans).