Wigan 1 Walsall 0
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Athletic are desperate to hang onto the coattails of leading pair Norwich and West Brom, with an automatic promotion spot in sight.
However, it looked likely that they would fail to take home advantage against a battling Walsall, until 'The Duke' popped up nine minutes from time.
Walsall keeper James Walker had been in superb form to deny Wigan throughout, saving superbly from Jason De Vos and Andy Liddell.
But Ellington finally sealed the points for the hosts, rifling home after superb work from Jason Roberts.
With West Brom being beaten at home by Rotherham, Wigan are now just three points behind second place, and will feel that they can avoid the play-off lottery if they continue with this form.