Latics cruise past Leeds
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan dispatched Leeds 3-0 to close the gap on leaders Ipswich back to three points.Wigan took advantage of Sunderland's slip at Brighton to go clear in second place in The Championship after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Leeds.
Goals from Nathan Ellington, his 19th of the season, Jason Roberts and Alan Mahon ensured The Latics closed back to within three points of leaders Ipswich.
The scoreline hardly did justice to the hosts' dominance as they completely controlled the game from first whistle to last.
They opened the scoring on ten minutes when Gary Teale's low cross from the right was allowed to reach Ellington six yards from goal and the striker finished comfortably.
Roberts and Bullard then both missed good chances following good approach work from Ellington.
The chances kept coming for the hosts with Roberts and Lee McCulloch spurning two of the best, and Roberts also saw a goal chalked off for offside after deflecting home Teale's driven centre.
Rob Hulse had a chance to grab Leeds an undeserved equaliser on the stroke of half time, but dallied too long and was crowded out by the Wigan defence.
Paul Jewell's men did gain the second their dominance merited 11 minutes into the second period when McCulloch met Bullard's corner from the right to head home, although it deflected in off Roberts.
Substitute Frazer Richardson provided the kind of attacking invention that Leeds lacked all afternoon with an enterprising run on 70 minutes, but blazed his shot over after a neat interchange with David Healy.
Roberts struck the post after a strong run that had seen him shake off both Paul Butler and Clarke Carlisle, but the hosts finally put themselves out of sight with a quarter of an hour remaining when Mahon rifled home a spectacular 30-yard effort.