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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 23:02 GMT
Wigan 0-0 Cheltenham

Bottom-of-the-table Cheltenham upset the form book with a gallant point in a goalless stalemate against leaders Wigan.

The home side were unable to break the visitors' stubborn resistance as they were restricted to a series of half-chances.

Cheltenham recorded just two attempts on goal throughout the game and were happy to defend in numbers and rely on the break.

They also rode their luck, especially in a frantic finale as the home side poured forward in search of the winner.

A brilliant double save from goalkeeper Steve Book denied Jason De Vos and Nathan Elllington and in the dying seconds, Ellington saw his cheeky back-heel hacked off the line.

Cheltenham's new signing Grant McCann was the only player booked, towards the end of the contest for time-wasting.

Wigan's new recruit Jimmy Bullard made his debut after his switch from Peterborough but was unable to inspire his side to victory.


Wigan: Filan, Eaden, Jackson, De Vos, Kennedy, Teale, Mitchell, Dinning, Bullard, Ellington, Liddell. Subs: Yeomans, Roberts, McMillan, Jarrett, Breckin.

Cheltenham: Book, Griffin, Brough, Mike Duff, Victory, Devaney, Milton, Finnigan, McCann, Alsop, Spencer. Subs: Yates, Naylor, Higgs, Shane Duff, Brown.

Referee: M Warren (W Midlands).

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