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Hull City 3-1 Wigan Athletic: Match Report

1 May 2021

A week after winning promotion, Hull City ensured that they will finish the season as 2020/21 Sky Bet League One Champions following a 3-1 win against Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium.

Keane Lewis-Potter got the ball rolling with the opening goal and, although Wigan were soon level, further goals from George Honeyman and Josh Magennis ensured that, for the second Saturday night running, there would be scenes of celebration inside the Tigers' changing room.

Grant McCann made just one change to the side that clinched promotion at Lincoln a week earlier, with captain Richie Smallwood making his first start since February after recovering from a knee injury. He came in for Regan Slater who dropped to the bench. For Wigan, former Tiger Will Keane was amongst the starters.

It was a fairly quiet opening few minutes from both sides, although Alfie Jones made a good block to deny Joseph Dodoo when the Wigan man got a shot away on the edge of the box.

A nice move down the left saw Callum Elder's dangerous low cross knocked wide at the near post as the home side threatened in the tenth minute, while at the other end Lee Evans dragged an effort off target from 20 yards.

The Tigers took the lead in the 17th minute. Lewie Coyle did really well to dig a cross out from the byeline and Lewis-Potter got ahead of his marker to nod the ball goalwards, with the header having just enough power to beat the dive of goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

Wigan. however, were level within a couple of minutes. Keane managed to get away down the left and played a low ball across the face of goal for Joseph Dodoo to tap home.

A third goal inside the space of five minutes followed as the Tigers went back in front with a move started and finished by Honeyman. The midfielder's ball down the right had Mallik Wilks racing away and, when he cut inside and into the box, a lovely backheel went perfectly into the path of the overlapping Honeyman and he produced a clinical low finish for his fourth of the season.

As the game settled down again, Matt Ingram made a good save to keep out a Lee Evans free kick and, from the resulting corner, Curtis Tilt sent an effort just over the bar.

Wilks saw an effort saved by Jones, while Magennis saw an effort ruled out for a foul on his marker.

There were yellow cards late in the half for Wigan's Callum Lang and Dodoo, while Lang saw loud appeals for a penalty turned down in added time when he went down under a Jacob Greaves challenge inside the area.

Like the first half, the opening few minutes of the second period were pretty quiet, although Smallwood did pick up a booking for a foul on Keane before the captain's afternoon came to an end as he was replaced by Slater.

Greg Docherty fired a shot into the side-netting, while at the other end Magennis deflected an Evans shot behind.

Magennis was soon involved at the right end of the field as he made it 3-1 in the 66th minute. Honeyman and Elder worked a short corner routine before playing the ball back for Slater on the edge of the box. He stood a cross up to the back post where Wilks nodded the ball back across goal for Magennis to head in from close range.

That was the final touch of the afternoon for Magennis who was replaced by Gavin Whyte as McCann made a second substitution, and the home side continued to attack with Coyle firing wide from distance.

Further changes saw Tom Eaves and Dan Crowley replace Wilks and Honeyman, and there were no further chances as the final whistle signalled title celebrations.

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle, Alfie Jones, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood © (Regan Slater 58), Greg Docherty; Mallik Wilks (Tom Eaves 79), George Honeyman (Daniel Crowley 79), Keane Lewis-Potter; Josh Magennis (Gavin Whyte 67).

Subs Not Used: George Long, Reece Burke, Josh Emmanuel.

Wigan Athletic: Jamie Jones, Tendayi Darikwa, Curtis Tilt, George Johnston, Lee Evans, Callum Lang (Dan Gardner 79), Will Keane (Thelo Aasgaard 79), Funso Ojo (Jamie Proctor 84), Viv Solomon-Otabor (Kyle Joseph 75), Joe Dodoo (Zach Clough 84), Luke Robinson.

Subs Not Used: Owen Evans, Corey Whelan.

Referee: Mr R. Madley.

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