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Wigan Athletic -‘Let down by a cynical owner, put into administration & punished by the EFL’

Wigan Athletic have been relegated from The Championship last night. With their 12 point deduction by the EFL for going into administration being enforced on the sound of the final whistle.

The latics gave everything in a 1-1 draw with automatic promotion contenders Fulham as they knew only a win would stand them any chance of beating the drop.

Kieffer Moore’s 10th goal of the season gave Wigan a chance as his 32nd-minute strike provided some hope. The Cottagers equalised shortly after half time through Neeskens Kebano. Despite carving out further opportunities, the home side was unable to find the goal which would have saved them on goal difference.

Wigan’s fate looked to have been sealed earlier in the week when the EFL announced on Monday that their 12 point deduction would be implemented after their final game of the season.

The Latics had been on a great run, winning five of their last nine games after the restart. Including an 8-0 hammering of Hull, losing only to third-placed Brentford in the run-in. This form would have seen them finish 13th had the deduction not been applied.

They have been superbly led by manager Paul Cook, who was full of praise for his side’s efforts,

“I’ve just got to say how proud I am of the players.”

“I felt the team did as well as they could. I felt we created chances continually in the second half and we just needed one of them to drop and unfortunately, it didn’t.”

Any chance of a reprieve now sits in the hands of lawyers as they look to appeal their penalty. The case is due to be held at the end of the month.

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