Patrick Bamford scored twice from close range to give Leeds victory in an ill-tempered affair at 10-man Wigan.

Bamford tapped in after Adam Forshaw’s header came back off the post to put Leeds ahead in the first half and sealed the points by bundling home a second-half corner.

Wigan had been reduced to 10 men after just 20 minutes as Joe was sent off for a second bookable offence on his home league debut following a clash with Bamford.

United had chances to win by more, but Forshaw dragged wide and Pablo Hernandez’s free-kick was well saved by Wigan keeper David Marshall.

The early dismissal of , who recklessly fouled Bamford shortly after being cautioned for a foul on Stuart Dallas, provided echoes of the most recent meeting between the sides in April.

On that occasion, Wigan came from behind to win 2-1 at Elland Road despite Cedric Kipre’s early red card – a result which sparked a late-season slump that cost Leeds automatic promotion as they collected just one point from their final four games.

A repeat looked unlikely, though, as Leeds capitalised on their numerical advantage to ease to a comfortable win, inspired by Bamford who made it three goals in United’s opening three Championship games.

Wigan’s best chances came from long-range free-kicks from Lee Evans, who was twice denied by excellent fingertip saves from Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla.

The Latics, who have now slipped to three straight defeats in all competitions, had loud penalty shouts turned down after Liam Cooper’s challenge on Kieffer Moore early in the second half and frustrated boss Paul Cook was booked late on.

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

“It’s always going to be a tough game when you play Leeds – they are such a strong team and they ask so many questions of you.

“Big decisions will always iuence the game. With the sending-off, are we aggrieved? No. I do think it’s a red card or a second yellow, without a doubt.

“But are we aggrieved with the decision just beforehand when (Kalvin) Phillips makes a very similar foul with no yellow? Yes. All we want as managers is consistency, that’s all we’re asking for.”

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

“It was a fair result, we could have scored more goals. Playing with one player more is an important advantage.

“It was a game full of free-kicks but today we played more calmly in defence than usual.

“The performance of the team is increasing day by day and game by game.”

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 6FoxBooked at 73mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 5MorsyBooked at 90mins
  • 20Booked at 21mins
  • 11MasseySubstituted forLoweat 65′minutes
  • 8EvansBooked at 56mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forEnobakhareat 65′minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forNaismithat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 9Lowe
  • 21Kipre
  • 23Jones
  • 24Lang
  • 25Enobakhare
  • 33Naismith

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5WhiteBooked at 45mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Douglas
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 4ForshawBooked at 24minsSubstituted forShackletonat 90+1′minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forHélder Costaat 76′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 10Alioski
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 44Bogusz
  • 46Shackleton
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,819

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home24%
Away76%
Shots
Home6
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Leeds United 2.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Adam Forshaw.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jack Harrison.

Offside, Leeds United. Ben White tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Kieffer Moore.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Hélder Costa replaces Mateusz Klich.

Hand ball by Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Daniel Fox (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Bright Enobakhare replaces Michael Jacobs.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jamal Lowe replaces Gavin Massey.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Leeds United 2. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

goal

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