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Wigan remain top of The Championship after beating Gillingham 2-0 to spoil Stan Ternent's first game in charge of the Kent club.

Nathan Ellington took his tally for the season to 13 league goals by opening the scoring, before Lee McCulloch sealed a comfortable win with a late second.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell has failed with bids to sign Burnley's Robbie Blake and Dean Ashton from Crewe, but his strike partnership of Ellington and Jason Roberts has clicked back into gear after a lean spell.

Roberts it was who set up the first goal crossing low from the right for Ellington to finish neatly from eight yards.

Wigan's mean defence was superbly marshalled by Matt Jackson and limited the visitors to a few hopeful shots from distance, with veteran Tommy Johnson the closest to troubling John Filan.

Alan Mahon's free-kick was deflected wide and Ellington headed over as Wigan continued to create chances after taking the lead.

But it was not until a minute from time that they made sure of their victory when substitute Mike Flynn drove in a cross from the right and McCulloch scored with a neat half-volley from six yards.