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

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