EFL round-up: Powell and Bolton end barren spells

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WIGAN aim to maintain their momentum on Tuesday night after getting their season up and running against Blackburn on Saturday.

Rovers were thumped 4-1 on the opening day of the Championship and they suffered another miserable afternoon as Latics romped to a 3-0 victory.

It was a welcome return to form for last season’s League One champions after losing to Bristol City and getting knocked out of the EFL Cup by Oldham in midweek.

New strike pair Will Grigg and Nick Powell were both on target too. Grigg opened the scoring as he redirected Max Power’s sliced shot past keeper Jason Steele.

Powell then beat Steele at his near post with a superb dipping, curling free-kick from just outside the corner of the box. When it hit the net, the summer signing looked like he didn’t know what to do with himself. No wonder – it was his first goal since March 2014, in a 1-1 draw at Bolton while on loan at Wigan from United.

Shane Duffy’s own goal after the break sealed victory and Latics are at home again on Tuesday night against Birmingham, who are unbeaten after winning 2-1 at Leeds on Saturday.

In League One, relegated BOLTON ended a barren spell of their own as they won 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon.

The Trotters hadn’t tasted an away win since April 2015 but goals in each half by Gary Madine and Liam Trotter saw them come from behind.

Their celebrations showed the players are enjoying life under new boss Phil Parkinson, who has hit the ground running since arriving from Bradford this summer.

Only Wanderers and Gillingham have a 100% record and Bolton put theirs on the line at Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night.

Gillingham won 2-1 at home to BURY on Saturday and the Shakers have another tough road trip on Tuesday night as they visit Coventry, where they were thumped 6-0 last season.

ROCHDALE had to settle for a point at Sheffield United after Billy Sharp’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for the title favourites.

Andy Cannon had given Dale a deserved lead just before the break with his third goal in three games. Dale are away again on Tuesday night as they visit Port Vale.

OLDHAM claimed their first point with a 0-0 draw at home to Walsall but it might have been three as Lee Erwin hit a post for Latics after Ryan Flynn’s shot had been saved.

It was a vastly-improved performance compared to last week’s opener at Millwall, though, and Latics hope to build on that at home to newly-promoted Northampton on Tuesday night.