Wigan remain two points from safety after a second successive 0-0 home draw against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.
Latics almost got off to a good start at the opening stages of the match, Omar Bogle drilling Stephen Warnock’s cross just wide. The former Grimsby forward had Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith at full stretch when he lashed a shot at goal, missing the target by a yard of Smith’s left post.
Bogle was at the centre of a penalty claim when he was brought down just past the half-hour mark from David Vaughan’s desperate challenge but referee Geoff Eltringham waved away the protests.
Forest also had a penalty appeal when Warnock clashed with striker Ben Brereton before Matt Gilks had to keep out Britt Assombalonga’s dangerous effort in Wigan’s penalty box approaching the interval.
The hosts threatened early on in the second half, Bogle failing to connect with the loose ball following a corner.
Forest went agonisingly close when Eric Lichaj tried his luck with the outside of the boot flashing the shot just wide.
Both teams had the opportunity to claim a priceless win in the dying stages, Joe Warrall directing Ben Osborne’s free-kick wide of the target.
Gilbey almost made a dream return back into the side when Wigan had a free kick in a dangerous area. Jamie Hanson floated in the set piece but it was not enough for him to steer home.
Wigan Athletic: Gilks, Hanson, Burn, Buxton, Warnock, Power (Obertan, 58), Shaun MacDonald, Morsy, Warnock, Tunnicliffe, Mandron (Gilbey, 58), Bogle (Grigg, 83). Subs not used: Roberts, Connolly, Perkins and Weir.
Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Pinillos, Worrall, Fox, Vaughan, Osborn, Clough (Ward, 56), Carayol, Assombalonga, Brereton (McCormack, 80). Subs not used: Evtimov, Tshibola, Cohen, Cash and Ahmedhodzic.
Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham)