• Albion remain outside bottom three as results go our way

    Albion's lucky run continued tonight as both Derby and Sheffield Wednesday delivered the desired results to put the icing on the cake that was baked at Craven Cottage last night, and ensures currently managerless Albion enter 2015 outside the Championship drop zone.

    Steve McLaren's men were heavily fancied to defeat Leeds at home and they didn't disappoint, rarely breaking sweat in recording a 2-0 victory that maintains their promotion challenge and leaves Leeds just a point above Albion and looking nervously over their shoulder.

    It was a different story at the DW Stadium where the Latics would have been hopeful of notching the win that would have taken them out of the bottom three and quickly put the Albion below the dreaded dotted line once again.

    The game turned in Sheffield Wednesday's favour when Wigan's influential Callum McManaman, who is believed to be a 5m+ target of league leaders Bournemouth, received a straight red card for a reckless challenge midway through the second half. Stuart Gray's men made the extra man count as Atdhe Nuhiu headed the only goal of the game to lift Wednesday up to 10th.

    Wigan have now lost seven of their last nine as Malky Mackay struggles to turn around a club that many feel should be capable of so much more.

    Elsewhere in the Championship, second placed Ipswich stretched their unbeaten run to eleven games with a routine 3-0 victory over Charlton, which keeps up the pressure on surprise table-toppers Bournemouth.

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