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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 7,209) 26th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Penton

Gillingham Gillingham vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Gills shock Wigan

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 26/02/05 5:42pm

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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.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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