Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
February 23, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 22321‎
 
 
Arouna Kone 44′
 
Arouna Kone 45+2′
 
Top of the Match
Franco Di Santo
Franco Di Santo
Wigan Athletic
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Wigan Athletic
Flop of the Match
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Reading
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Reading

Reading 0-3 Wigan: Kone doubles up as Latics leapfrog hosts

Two goals from the Ivorian and one from Maynor Figueroa gave the visitors a vital victory against their fellow strugglers, moving them out of the bottom three and above the Royals

By Nicholas McGee

Arouna Kone
Getty Images
Wigan gave their hopes of Premier League survival a massive boost as they moved out of the relegation zone with a comfortable 3-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The Latics took the lead late in the first half through Arouna Kone, who quickly doubled the advantage just before the interval. Maynor Figueroa made sure of the points early in the second period before Pavel Pogrebnyak was sent-off to end any lingering hopes of a Reading fightback.

Jimmy Kebe returned to the starting line-up for the hosts after missing the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, while Emmerson Boyce made his comeback after a long spell on the sidelines with injury for the visitors.

Wigan made a fast start to the game and almost took the lead in the opening five minutes, Franco Di Santo jostling his way past several Royals' players before firing a shot from the edge of the area which Adam Federici did well to parry.

Reading quickly responded and should have grasped the advantage themselves, Hope Akpan heading over from point-blank range after good work down the right from Jem Karacan.

The visitors dominated possession in the opening stages, but it was Brian McDermott's side that created the better chances, Jimmy Kebe hitting the side netting from a corner before Akpan saw another effort go well wide.

Opportunities continued to come for the hosts, Adrian Mariappa going close with a header from an Ian Harte free kick, but at the other end they were thankful to Federici, who produced another fine save from Wigan's Ivorian forward to keep matters level.

However, Kone was not to be denied for long. Just minutes later he did break the deadlock, deflecting Figueroa's header past a helpless Federici.

The 29-year-old doubled the Latics' advantage seconds before the break. Jean Beausejour's wonderful through ball found Kone's run before he cooly slotted home with a delicately lofted finish.

Roberto Martinez will have been delighted with his side's first-half display, and the situation improved further early in the second period with Figueroa powering an effort under the legs of Federici to extend Wigan's lead after neatly exchanging passes with Franco Di Santo.

A three-goal lead almost became four soon after, Di Santo stabbing wide of the near post from close range following an excellent low delivery from Boyce.

Even the introduction of top scorer Adam Le Fondre could help Reading's cause and their uphill task became almost impossible as Pogrebnyak was dismissed for an ill-judged tackle on Figureoa. Referee Phil Dowd showing no hesitation in handed the Russian a straight red card.

His dismissal killed any hopes of a miraculous revival from Reading, and it was Wigan who remained the dominant force, Di Santo going close with a fierce drive while Federici was repeatedly called upon, making saves from both Figueroa and Jordi Gomez from long range.

The Latics did eventually take their foot off the gas, and with Reading lacking both ideas and inspiration, they were able to cruise to a much=needed win.


Reading

1
Adam Federici
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Adrian Mariappa
Defender
2.00
15
Sean Morrison
Defender
2.00
23
Ian Harte
Defender
2.00
2
Stephen Kelly
Defender
2.50
20
Jem Karacan
Midfielder
71′
2.50
8
Mikele Leigertwood
Midfielder
36′
2.50
11
Jobi McAnuff
Midfielder
2.00
14
Jimmy Kebe
Midfielder
63′
3.00
39
Hope Akpan
Midfielder
46′
2.50
29
1.50

Wigan Athletic

3.00
26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
3.50
5
2.50
17
3.50
3
3.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
3.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
3.50
22
3.00
33
4.00
9
4.00
9
3.00
10
Shaun Maloney
Midfielder

Substitutes

12
Stuart Taylor
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
26
Alex Pearce
Defender
 - 
12
2.50
19
 - 
9
2.50
10
Noel Hunt
Striker
63′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Joel
Goalkeeper
 - 
32
 - 
-
Ronnie Stam
Defender
3.00
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
76′
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
15

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0