REPORT: Late Shinnie strike hands Derby all three points

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Graeme Shinnie’s stoppage time strike was enough for Derby to snatch all three points from Wigan at Pride Park on Wednesday.

The Scotsman’s first Derby County goal ensured the Rams made it three wins on the bounce at home and lifted the side into fifth in the Championship form guide.

The first half however, was a slow and drab affair. Wigan were more than happy to surrender possession, whilst the Rams were unable to find a penetrating ball into the final third.

The second half was where the game began to open up. The introduction of Chris Martin off the bench gave Derby a boost, he was the focal point they were missing.

However, it was Wigan who had the first big chance of the game. Kieffer Moore’s strike from the edge of the area was well blocked by Curtis Davies, before Kelle Roos was called into action straight after to deny the Latics.

The Dutch shot-stopper was called into action again, as Jamal Lowe was put through one-on-one, but was denied by Roos who rushed off his line to meet the ball well.

The Rams nearly took the lead with a minute left. Jack Marriott, coming off the bench, rose highest from a Shinnie corner which Marshall managed to get a hand to, tip over.

And then, two minutes into stoppage time, Derby struck. Jayden Bogle’s early cross into the area was well met by Martin, who laid it off for Shinnie. The Scotsman’s first-time strike rifled into the top right corner to break down the hardy Wigan resistance.

Derby County: Roos; Bogle, Davies, Clarke, Malone (Lowe, 79); Shinnie, Bielik; Holmes, Paterson (Martin, 45), Lawrence; Waghorn (Marriott, 67)

Wigan Athletic: Marshall; Sterling, Dunkley, Mulgrew (Kipre, 62), Robinson; Macleod, Morsy; Massey (Naismith, 11), Williams, Lowe; Moore (Garner, 79)

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