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Sky Bet Championship: Millwall claim point with 0-0 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium

Wigan were held to a third home stalemate in a row - and their fourth draw in total - after failing to break down resolute Millwall in a 0-0 result in the Sky Bet Championship.

Uwe Rosler's side thoroughly dominated a disappointing encounter at the DW Stadium in windy conditions, but once again lacked the guile or the cunning to craft what would have been a much-needed winning goal.

Second-half substitute Callum McManaman came closest to breaking the deadlock within moments of his introduction, only to hit the bar with Millwall goalkeeper David Forde well beaten.

At the other end, Millwall will point to a gilt-edged opportunity for Ricardo Fuller just after the restart, only for the veteran hitman to mis-control with only goalkeeper Scott Carson to beat.

Wigan had been gifted an opportunity inside the opening skirmishes, only for James McClean to fire into the side-netting after Forde had fluffed his lines.

The Ireland stopper did much better moments later when he tipped over a lovely, curling effort from Shaun Maloney that seemed destined for the top corner.

Midfielder Adam Forshaw was next to try his luck, but pulled his effort well wide of the upright.

Millwall showed themselves for the first time when Scott McDonald unleashed an effort from 30 yards that Carson did very well to hold on to on the stretch.

And that was about it for a first half that saw Wigan desperately trying to take the initiative and ask the questions, with the visitors content to sit back and deal - comfortably, it has to be said - with what was being thrown at them.

Wigan thought they had taken the lead at the start of the second period through Oriol Riera, only for Marc-Antoine Fortune to have been flagged offside in the build-up when he picked up Maloney's deflected shot.

Having soaked up everything Wigan had to offer, the visitors could and perhaps should have taken the lead through Fuller.

The big striker found himself completely unmarked from Lee Martin's free-kick, but failed to take full advantage with only Carson standing between him and the opener.

At the other end, Riera tried his luck with a shot that was not helped by a deflection off a defender that took it right down the throat of Forde.

Wigan sent on top-scorer McManaman to try to find their missing spark, and he nearly provided it with his very first touch.

The young forward sent over a dipping effort from the right-hand side that flew over the head of Forde, only to bounce back off the crossbar and away from the danger area.

And not even the late introduction of Honduras World Cup star Roger Espinoza could tip the balance in Wigan's favour, with Maloney sending their last chance - a quickly-taken free-kick - well over the bar.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Millwall claim point with 0-0 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium


  • Wigan were held to a third home stalemate in a row - and their fourth draw in total - after failing to break down resolute Millwall in a 0-0 result in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boss Ian Holloway satisfied with display in 0-0 draw at Wigan


  • Ian Holloway felt his Millwall side were good value for their 0-0 Sky Bet Championship draw at fellow strugglers Wigan.

  • Transfer news: Hull defender Maynor Figueroa makes return to Wigan on loan


  • Full-back Maynor Figueroa has returned to Wigan on a one-month loan deal from Hull.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Ben Watson and Chris McCann on comeback trail for Wigan


  • Wigan's long-term injury absentees Ben Watson and Chris McCann appeared in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic and Brentford share 0-0 draw


  • Honours ended even at Wigan's DW Stadium as Uwe Rosler faced his former Brentford side for the first time since jumping ship midway through last term.

  • Championship: Mark Warburton disappointed after Brentford draw at Wigan


  • Mark Warburton admitted it is a sign of how far Brentford have come that they were disappointed to only draw 0-0 at Sky Bet Championship rivals Wigan.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Chris Powell praises Huddersfield loanee Grant Holt


  • Chris Powell has admitted he wants to keep Grant Holt beyond his initial month-long loan after he opened his Huddersfield account in the Terriers' 4-2 win over Blackpool.

  • Championship Chat: Lennon to lift Bolton


  • James Dixon discusses Neil Lennon's appointment at Bolton, hails the league's youngsters and singles out Leeds United's Lewis Cook for praise.

  • Cost of football continues to rise


  • New figures collated by the BBC reveal that the cost of watching football in England is continuing to rise at a worrying rate.

  • Championship: Wigan's Callum McManaman relishing Brentford clash


  • Callum McManaman appreciates there will be an added edge to Wigan's clash with Brentford this weekend.

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