Another defeat plunges Stoke into deeper relegation trouble

Wigan Athletic 3, Stoke City 0.

STOKE'S nightmare resumption from lockdown continued with another dismal showing that leaves them dangerously close to tasting League One action next season.

The Potters have collected just one point from a possible nine since their return to action and are only one point above the relegation places with just six games remaining.

It was a night to forget for Stoke up against a Wigan side who extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to nine games with comfortable ease.

Stoke's one attempt on target was a first-half header from Sam Vokes.

Wigan took the lead just before the break when Kieran Dowell's cross from an acute angle squeezed under Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Victory was sealed for the hosts with a quick brace from former Scotland junior international winger Kai Naismith in the 65th and 68th minutes

Naismith opened his account from close range and then found the net again with a spectacular long-range strike.

Stoke have now played a game more than 21st-placed Hull and Huddersfield in 22nd who are both to play this week.

The Potters return to the fray with a massive six-pointer at home to fellow relegation battlers Barnsley this Saturday.

Tonight's (June 30) other Championship results:-

Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0; Cardiff City 0, Charlton Athletic 0; Reading 0, Brentford 3; QPR 1, Fulham 2; Leeds United 1, Luton Town 1; Millwall 1, Swansea City 2.

Picture: Not a good night for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland who was beaten three times.


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