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Rovers 0 Wigan Athletic 1

5 May 2018

Doncaster Rovers fell to defeat on the final day of the Sky Bet League One season, as they went down 1-0 to Wigan Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Will Grigg’s 75th minute effort was enough for the Latics to claim the league title, despite a brave battle from Rovers. 

Rovers had the better start against the already-promoted Latics, with John Marquis having the home side’s first effort on goal within the opening three minutes.
 
He received the ball inside the area after good work by Matty Blair and looked to get the ball past Christian Walton, but he could only poke the ball just wide of the post.
 
The title-chasing Latics did come into the game afterwards, with Michael Jacobs getting in behind the Rovers defence, however his attempt to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner was thwarted by Marko Marosi who turned the ball behind.
 
Gavin Massey was next to try and open the scoring for the visitors, as he turned and looked to curl into the corner, but again Marosi got down well to claim the ball.
 
Latics captain Sam Morsy then tried his best to get the visitors ahead after a sustained spell of pressure, but his effort from the edge of the area was straight at Marosi once more.
 
Just before the interval came the Latics’ best chance of opening the scoring, with their top scorer, Grigg, missing a great chance to put them in front.
 
Nathan Byrne’s ball into the area was met by Grigg who took one touch to turn and face goal before having a shot on goa, however, one-on-one with Marosi, the Northern Ireland international could only shoot straight at the Rovers keeper.
 
The Latics came out firing after the break, with Grigg having two more great chances to open the scoring before the hour mark.
 
The first came after a long ball over the top was headed back to the striker by Massey, and Tom Anderson was able to usher the ball to safety from his own goal line.
 
Grigg would next go close just a couple minutes later, with him and Massey again combining for another glorious chance.
 
Massey’s ball into the area from the left-hand side was glanced towards goal by the striker, however his header was met by Marosi who got down superbly to save and then collect the ball before Jacobs could pounce.
 
Rovers came back into the game, and Marquis and Alfie Beestin combined to go narrowly close to the game’s opening goal.
 
Danny Amos swung a free-kick into the area, with Marquis at the far post heading back across goal looking for Beestin, who was inches away from connecting with the ball, with any kind of contact being enough to surely put the ball into the back of the net.
 
Forward the Latics came again however, and Jacobs himself wasn’t far away from handing them the lead.
 
Byrne’s ball into the area was met at the back post by Jacobs who headed down, but could only head against Niall Mason who blocked well, with the ball coming back off Jacobs and behind.
 
It wouldn’t be long though before the opening goal did come though, and for the visitors, it would be little surprise as to who the man would be to fire them in front.
 
A long ball over the top went over everybody, with Grigg evading the offside trap and baring down on goal.
 
One-on-one with Marosi, the Latics striker kept his cool and slotted past the Rovers keeper to fire the visitors into the lead with 15 minutes left to play.
 
Rovers pressed hard late on as they looked to score the equaliser, but despite all their effort they were unable to find it, with the visiting Latics claiming the Sky Bet League One title on the final day of the season.


Will Grigg’s 75th minute effort was enough for the Latics to claim the league title, despite a brave battle from Rovers.
 
It was Rovers who had the better start against the already-promoted Latics, with John Marquis having the home side’s first effort on goal within the opening three minutes.
 
He received the ball inside the area after good work by Matty Blair and looked to get the ball past Christian Walton, but he could only poke the ball just wide of the post.
 
The title-chasing Latics did come into the game afterwards, with Michael Jacobs getting in behind the Rovers defence, however his attempt to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner was thwarted by Marko Marosi who turned the ball behind.
 
Gavin Massey was next to try and open the scoring for the visitors, as he turned and looked to curl into the corner, but again Marosi got down well to claim the ball.
 
Latics captain Sam Morsy then tried his best to get the visitors ahead after a sustained spell of pressure, but his effort from the edge of the area was straight at Marosi once more.
 
Just before the interval came the Latics’ best chance of opening the scoring, with their top scorer, Grigg, missing a great chance to put them in front.
 
Nathan Byrne’s ball into the area was met by Grigg who took one touch to turn and face goal before having a shot on goa, however, one-on-one with Marosi, the Northern Ireland international could only shoot straight at the Rovers keeper.
 
The Latics came out firing after the break, with Grigg having two more great chances to open the scoring before the hour mark.
 
The first came after a long ball over the top was headed back to the striker by Massey, and Tom Anderson was able to usher the ball to safety from his own goal line.
 
Grigg would next go close just a couple minutes later, with him and Massey again combining for another glorious chance.
 
Massey’s ball into the area from the left-hand side was glanced towards goal by the striker, however his header was met by Marosi who got down superbly to save and then collect the ball before Jacobs could pounce.
 
Rovers came back into the game, and Marquis and Alfie Beestin combined to go narrowly close to the game’s opening goal.
 
Danny Amos swung a free-kick into the area, with Marquis at the far post heading back across goal looking for Beestin, who was inches away from connecting with the ball, with any kind of contact being enough to surely put the ball into the back of the net.
 
Forward the Latics came again however, and Jacobs himself wasn’t far away from handing them the lead.
 
Byrne’s ball into the area was met at the back post by Jacobs who headed down, but could only head against Niall Mason who blocked well, with the ball coming back off Jacobs and behind.
 
It wouldn’t be long though before the opening goal did come though, and for the visitors, it would be little surprise as to who the man would be to fire them in front.
 
A long ball over the top went over everybody, with Grigg evading the offside trap and baring down on goal.
 
One-on-one with Marosi, the Latics striker kept his cool and slotted past the Rovers keeper to fire the visitors into the lead with 15 minutes left to play.
 
Rovers pressed hard late on as they looked to score the equaliser, but despite all their effort they were unable to find it, with the visiting Latics claiming the Sky Bet League One title on the final day of the season.


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