Leeds go top with victory at Wigan

Kemar Roofe scored his seventh goal of the season to send Leeds back to the top of the table

Leeds United recovered from going a goal behind to beat Wigan Athletic and return to the top of the Championship.

The Latics, celebrating the Whelan family’s 23-year association with the club in what is set to be their final game, went ahead through Reece James’ fine curling free-kick.

But Leeds were level within three minutes when the influential Pablo Hernandez tapped in from close range.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side completed the turnaround less than a minute into the second half, Kemar Roofe capitalising on a defensive mix-up to walk the ball into an empty net.

Wigan never seriously threatened to level the contest and Leeds, impressing with their possession-based style, bossed the ball to see the game out with relative ease.

Their fourth away win of the season takes them to the summit of the table, leapfrogging previous leaders Norwich City on goal difference.

But that five different teams have topped the Championship in the past fortnight only emphasises how tight the division remains – and just five points separate the top eight.

The end of an era for the Whelan family

Dave Whelan, joined in the directors’ box by former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, received a standing ovation from the home fans

It was a day of celebration at the DW Stadium, with the Whelan family set to transfer their controlling stake in the club to Hong Kong-based International Entertainment Corporation during the next week.

The takeover will see David Sharpe step down as chairman and he was joined at the match by grandfather Dave Whelan, who first bought Wigan in 1995.

Their final game at the helm got off to the perfect start when James scored his first goal since 2016, but once Hernandez equalised the visitors always looked the superior side.

United’s winner came in comical circumstances when Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton and Cedric Kipre both attempted to clear Hernandez’s tame pass – but instead collided in calamitous fashion to allow Roofe the simplest of finishes.

Article credit: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46007116

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