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By Michael Beardmore
Jamal Lowe Wigan goal ended Nottingham Forest unbeaten run to dashboard at the people’ hopes of going top of the Championship.
Lowe, a summer signing from Portsmouth, exchanged passes with Gavin Massey to net the attempt from close range 10 minutes although A three-goal success could have taken Forest into the summit.
Wigan, who climb two places to 18th after a third consecutive home win, double hit the studs through Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick and Kal Naismith effort.
Forest created enough chances to have earned at least a point but Rafa Mir and Lewis Grabban opportunities were missed by equally as the unwanted of Sabri Lamouchi stay fourth.
Mir, on loan from amateurs, led the cross of Joe Lolley from six yards shortly before also the striker and Lowe’s opener fired wide from John Bostock’s after the period through ball.
Forest’s best scorer about five league goals, his substitute Grabban, fared better, heading at Latics keeper David Marshall if he was looped up invitingly for by a ball six metres out.
Forest had two penalty cries dismissed for Antonee Robinson’s tug on Sammy Ameobi and Joe Williams’ foul on Yuri Ribeiro, even though contact in both cases initiated beyond the box.
Wigan haven’t lost in eight meetings at the DW Stadium to Forest and have only been beaten once in their past 16 home matches, by Leeds United in August.
They might have won more comfortably had Mulgrew’s free-kick was not refused by the base of the post near Naismith’s side-footed hit in the closing stages and the conclusion of their first half.
Wigan remain the division lowest scorers despite Lowe’s well-worked goal but frequently looked dangerous with Naismith forcing two fine late rescue .
This is the Latics’ 15th house as the start of season – no Championship aspect has retained – since they became the first side to avoid this term to Forest grading in the league.
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