England under-20 international Charlie Hughes gave new meaning to the phrase 'late winner' when he scored after 20 minutes of second-half stoppage time to earn Wigan Athletic a 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in England's third tier on Tuesday.
The England under-20 international caught the ball on the volley to score the latest goal recorded in a match in the long history of the English Football League (EFL) to win the game.
Wigan late goal in 90+20' vs. Wycombe
Callum McManaman (32) assisting Charlie Hughes (20) for the gamewinning goalBoth Wigan Athletic Academy graduates, and what a season both players are having. Incredible strike to win it.#wafcpic.twitter.com/lcQB7KxrAk
— Central Wigan (@CentralWigan) January 23, 2024
90+20' …Start your day right with an alternative angle of Charlie’s outrageous winner against Wycombe Wanderers! #wafc ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/cpODbq7TZZ
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) January 24, 2024
The unusually long period of stoppage time at the end of the League One match came about because of an injury to referee Adam Herczeg after a fall early in the second half.
Fourth official Steven Rushton replaced Herczeg on the pitch but the restart was delayed while a search was conducted in the crowd at the DW stadium for a qualified fourth official.
Both teams missed chances to take the lead after play resumed but, with the game seconds away from a goalless draw, a cross from Callum McManaman found centre half Hughes in the box.
The victory moved Wigan into the top half of League One standings, sitting 11th with 34 points. Wycombe are 17th on 30 points, four above the relegation zone.
Portsmouth are leaders with 56 points.
(Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City, Editing by Nick Mulvenney and Neil Fullick)