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By Michael Beardmore
The initial goal of jamal Lowe ended Nottingham Forest’s 10-game unbeaten streak to dashboard the visitors’ hopes of going top of this Championship.
A three-goal success could have taken Forest but Lowe, a summer signing from Portsmouth, exchanged passes with Gavin Massey to net the attempt from close range 10 minutes prior to the break.
Wigan, who climb two places to 18th after a third successive home win struck the woodwork through Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick along with Kal Naismith work.
Forest made enough opportunities to have earned at least a point but Rafa Mir and Lewis Grabban as the unwanted of Sabri Lamouchi stay fourth, chances were missed by equally.
Mir, on loan from afar, headed the cross of Joe Lolley over from six yards shortly before the opener along with the striker of Lowe fired wastefully wide from John Bostock’s through ball.
His replacement Grabban, Forest’s top scorer on five league goals, fared better, heading straight in Latics keeper David Marshall if he was looped up for by a ball six yards out.
Forest had just two penalty cries dismissed for Antonee Robinson’s tug Sammy Ameobi and Joe Williams’ filthy on Yuri Ribeiro, even though the box was initiated outside by contact in both cases.
Wigan have never lost in eight meetings at the DW Stadium to Forest and have been defeated once in their previous 16 home matches, from Leeds United in August.
They might have won comfortably had the post’s base not denied Mulgrew’s free-kick towards Naismith’s side-footed hit in the closing stages and also the conclusion of the first half.
Wigan stay the division smallest scorers regardless of Lowe goal but frequently looked unsafe with Naismith forcing two saves from Forest keeper Brice Samba.
This was the Latics’ 15th house clean sheet as the start of season – no Championship aspect has retained – since they became the first side to reduce this term to Forest grading in the league.