Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun was not in Wigan Athletic’s matchday squad as the English Championship League resumed after months of dormancy caused by coronavirus.
Wigan were two goals better than Huddersfield as Jamal Lowe and Anthony Pilkington scored in each half. The Latics were solid behind for the entire 90 minutes despite Balogun’s absence.
England-born Nigerian duo Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi featured for the entire 90 minutes as Queen Park Rangers fell by a lone goal to
QPR were unbeaten in six matches prior to the season being suspended but conceded the only goal of the game in the seventh minute after Osayi-Samuel was dispossessed midway inside the QPR half by Ben Williams.
Williams played the ball into the penalty area, where Cauley Woodrow’s dummy fooled the home defence and teed up Simoes, who calmly slotted past keeper Liam Kelly.
Ebere tried hard to undo Osayi’s error in the second half but saw his right-shooted shot spring over the bar following his sharp cut-in run from the left.
Eze showed only glimpses of his skill, including when he turned away from Kenny Dougall only to shoot straight at Jack Walton.
Keeper Walton produced an important late save when he denied Hugill after the on-loan West Ham man had been put through by Eze.
The Nigeria Football Federation have been courting the dazzling 21-year-old but Eze has revealed his desire to focus on his club career, although, not entirely ruling out the prospect of playing for Nigeria in the future..