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The City Ground (ATT 23,114) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

N Forest 1

J Paterson (54)

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Wigan 4

M Waghorn (36)
E Boyce (66)
J McArthur (71)
J Gomez (90+1)

Sky Bet Championship: Wigan battle to beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 at City Ground

Last Updated: 01/03/14 5:33pm

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James McArthur: Rounded off the scoring

James McArthur: Rounded off the scoring

Injury-hit Nottingham Forest eventually succumbed 4-1 to Championship promotion rivals Wigan at the City Ground.

Billy Davies' Forest were on a seven-match unbeaten run on home turf but were blown away by the Latics, who were inspired by on-loan Leicester man Martyn Waghorn.

Waghorn put the visitors into the lead in the first half before setting up a goal for Emmerson Boyce in the second, after Jamie Paterson had fired the Reds level.

A spectacular third goal from James McArthur looked unlikely to be beaten for quality, until Jordi Gomez smashed a breathtaking 20-yard shot high into the corner of the net in the 90th minute.

It was enough to secure a big three points for Wigan, who climbed up into the top six, while leaving injury-hit Forest trailing second-placed Burnley by 11 points.

Danny Fox came perilously close to an own goal as he headed over his own bar while trying to divert a flicked effort from Nicky Maynard away from the target.

A perilous piece of defending from Leon Barnett at the other end then almost gifted Forest the opener as Leon Barnett's short back pass sent Simon Cox racing clear, but the striker could not connect properly with his shot as Ali Al Habsi raced quickly off his line.

It was not a shock when the visitors did edge their way into the lead in the 35th minute following a spell of pressure.

A driven shot from Gomez was well blocked, but after taking more than one deflection, the ball fell kindly for Waghorn, who - with Darlow having dived to save Gomez's effort - was left to slot into an empty net.

Jamie Paterson was a whisker away from levelling as the Wigan defence backed off, lashing a fierce shot just over the angle of post and bar.

And the second half also began with an opportunity for Forest, as Mackie fought his way into the penalty area from the right but saw Al Habsi make a smart save, from his low shot, at the near post.

Mackie was to be the catalyst for the Forest equaliser in the 54th minute, as he again fought his way into space down the right before delivering a low cross. Cox's clever lay-off in the centre found Paterson, who drove an unstoppable rising shot high into the back of the net.

The sides were level for only 12 minutes, however, before Boyce flicked the visitors back into the lead. A Waghorn volley was already arrowing towards goal before the defender got a touch with his head to steer it beyond Darlow.

And the keeper was beaten again in the 71st minute as another deflection helped Wigan's cause. This time it was a shot from McClean that was charged down but fell kindly for McArthur, although there was little luck involved as he then smashed a low shot across goal and into the bottom corner with supreme precision and power.

Gomez then made it 4-1 in the last minute of normal time, sending a superb bending shot high into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

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2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8