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iPro Stadium (ATT 26,740) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Sky Bet Championship: Jean Beausejour helps Wigan to 1-0 victory at Derby

Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:59pm

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Jean Beausejour: Helped Wigan to victory on New Year's Day

Jean Beausejour: Helped Wigan to victory on New Year's Day

Wigan's revival under Uwe Rosler continued when a second-half strike from Jean Beausejour sent in-form Derby crashing to a 1-0 defeat - their first home loss since late September.

Steve McClaren's team had won their previous four games at the iPro Stadium but only really threatened after Beausejour had fired the visitors into a 68th-minute lead.

Simon Dawkins and Chris Martin had chances to level but Wigan held out through five minutes of stoppage time for a victory which was sweet for Rosler, whose Brentford team had been thrashed 5-0 at Derby in the Capital One Cup in August.

Derby had beaten Wigan 3-1 at the DW Stadium a month ago but the visitors have improved under Rosler and they had a chance to take the lead in the 17th minute.

A careless pass just outside the area presented the ball to Roger Espinoza and he played in Nick Powell only for the teenager to fire tamely wide from 15 yards.

The ball was fizzing around on the rain-soaked surface and a quick Derby break down the left ended with Jamie Ward delivering a low cross that was just too close to Latics goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Johnny Russell found Craig Forsyth in space in a similar position in the 25th minute but the Derby left-back sent his cross sailing harmlessly over the bar and Wigan skipper Emmerson Boyce was also off-target with a header from a free-kick four minutes later.

Powell jinked past two defenders before going down in the box in the 33rd minute but referee David Webb booked him for diving and another promising Wigan move ended with a James McArthur shot that just dipped over the crossbar in the 37th minute.

Wigan were getting in good positions without making them count and Rosler showed his frustration when Beausejour put a cross into the side-netting and Espinoza put a volley wide when Marc-Antoine Fortune headed down a cross in the 45th minute.

But the visitors finally broke through midway through the second period with substitute Callum McManaman playing a part after Powell had won a corner.

When it was taken short, McManaman exchanged passes with Beausejour who lashed a left-foot shot from the edge of the box over Rams goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Derby had created little but they should have equalised in the 74th minute when Conor Sammon escaped down the right and set up Dawkins but he took a touch and his shot was deflected wide.

Wigan survived another scare three minutes later when Al Habsi could not hold a skimming drive from Will Hughes but recovered to save the rebound from Sammon.

Derby were enjoying their best period of the game and they had another great chance in the 85th minute when full-back Andre Wisdom crossed to the far post but top scorer Martin put the ball wide.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13