Gills shock Wigan
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: 26/02/05 5:42pm
Wigan missed the chance to go clear at the top of the league as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against strugglers Gillingham.
Darius Henderson was the hero for the home side as his brace gave his side a vital three points in their race to avoid the drop.
Hot shot Nathan Ellington grabbed a reply between the two strikes, although could not deny Stan Ternent's side a morale-boosting win.
Wigan started stronger through the prolific partnership of Ellington and Jason Roberts, as both went close in the opening exchanges.
Paul Jewell's side battled well, although keeper John Filan had to be alert to deny Henderson, and then Nyron Nosworthy.
Just after the break, Gillingham nearly took a somewhat undeserved lead, when Andrew Crofts glanced the post with a strong drive.
However it did not take long to claim the advantage as Henderson blasted home from close range after 53 minutes.
Gillingham took heart from the strike, although were almost immediately downcast when Ellington replied just two minutes later.
The ex-Bristol Rovers man picked up his 21st goal of the season as he collected a loose ball and shot home from outside the box.
An exciting second half saw Gillingham again go ahead, and this time there was to be no reply for the promotion hopefuls.
Henderson bagged his second with a left foot finish, and was only denied a third by a good save from Filan.
In the remaining time Wigan were unlucky not to draw level as they hit the woodwork twice through Gary Teale and Roberts.
A final salvo, with both Ellington and substitute David Graham having chances, could not generate the necessary equaliser.
Wigan remain top of The Championship, although Sunderland are now joint leaders along with Ipswich.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 26th Feb
Preston1 - 0Burnley
Sunderland2 - 1Cardiff
Plymouth3 - 0Crewe
Ipswich0 - 2QPR
Sheff Utd1 - 0Rotherham
N Forest2 - 2Derby
Brighton1 - 0Millwall
Coventry0 - 0Stoke City
Leeds2 - 1West Ham
Wolves0 - 0Watford
Reading0 - 0Leicester
Gillingham2 - 1Wigan
Sky Bet Championship
|2||Queens Park Rangers||19||39|
|10||Brighton and Hove Albion||19||28|