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

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