Hull City 3-1 Wigan Athletic: City champions and Wigan safe in a crazy day in League One
Above: Hull City's Keane Lewis-Potter celebrates scoring the opening goal with teammates during the Sky Bet League One match between Hull City and Wigan Athletic at KCOM Stadium on May 1, 2021 in Hull, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

An end-to-end first half saw Keane Lewis Potter and George Honeyman score either side of Joe Dodoo at the KCOM, with Josh Magennis making sure of the three points for Hull City that made them Champions and also saw Wigan Athletic maintain their League One status for next year. 

  • Story of the match

After a slightly delayed kick off - in which none of the Hull City players took the knee, the game had a slightly frantic feel to it in the opening five minutes. Referee Bobby Madley seemed to want to let the game flow as much as possible, much to Wigan manager Leam Richardson's consternation. Blocks at both ends from respective defenses kept the scores goalless after ten minutes.

Wigan may feel aggrieved that they weren't awarded a penalty on 15 minutes, but the referee waved their claims away quite quickly. There was lots of action to come in the next few minutes - firstly, Keane Lewis Potter headed Hull City ahead smartly after good work from Mallik Wilks and Lewie Coyle. However, their lead lasted only 2 minutes as on 18 minutes, a quick break by Wigan saw the ball fired across for Joe Dodoo to slide the ball into the net. 

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A mad five minutes continued on 22 minutes. The ever impressive Wilks drove forward down the right hand side before cutting inside and backheeling for George Honeyman to smash the ball home, giving the Tigers the lead again.

The game did settle down a little bit over the next ten minutes, with Ingram making a good stop from a Wigan free kick and then Hull feeling they should have been 3-1 up. A great cross by Lewis-Potter found Josh Magennis who headed home, but the referee harshly adjudged him to have fouled the Wigan centre half before netting.

Wigan claimed again for a penalty on the stroke of half time. A good counter saw Jacob Greaves slide in on Callum Lang to hook the ball out for a corner, but Wigan were apoplectic with rage. They felt he took the man first, but Madley insisted that only a corner was to be awarded. After four minutes of added time, the half time whistle sounded.

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The second half kicked off with neither side making changes at the break. Wigan had various spells of pressure where they started to come close, but Hull had the best chance of the half on the hour mark. Great play from Wilks saw Docherty shoot goalwards, but his effort hit the side netting. Earlier, Joe Dodoo had been lucky to avoid a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Lewis-Potter.

On 66 minutes, it was 3-1. Good work from Wilks won a corner, and then from the resulting set piece Mallik Wilks knocked the ball back across for Magennis to turn the ball home. City had more chances to add to their advantage, but the score stayed at 3-1 despite Wilks and Gavin Whyte's best efforts. Tom Eaves and Dan Crowley were introduced with ten minutes to go for the home side, replacing Wilks and Honeyman respectively.

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Events off the field were dominating the headlines, with Peterborough United snatching a 3-3 draw after being 3-0 down against Lincoln City. Results at the bottom of the league meant Wigan couldn't be relegated and confirmed that City were Champions for the first time since 1966.

  •  Takeaways from the match

An end to end first half made for an extremely entertaining first half, but Hull controlled their way to their first title in over 60 years. Wigan will also be delighted, staying in the league despite that looking extremely unlikely a few months ago. There were jubilant scenes for both sides at full time, and both teams will feel their achievements are fully deserved.

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