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Played
November 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 15436‎
 
58′ Jordi Gómez
68′ Jordi Gómez
Ali Al Habsi 79′ (OG)
90+2′ Jordi Gómez
 
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Jordi Gómez
Jordi Gómez
Wigan Athletic
Jordi Gómez
Jordi Gómez
Wigan Athletic
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Ali Al Habsi
Ali Al Habsi
Wigan Athletic
Ali Al Habsi
Ali Al Habsi
Wigan Athletic

Wigan 3-2 Reading: Gomez completes hat trick to secure dramatic late win for Latics

The former Swansea midfielder scored three times as Roberto Martinez's side picked up its fourth win of the season

By Simon Sinclair

EPL - Wigan Athletic vs Reading, Ivan Ramis vs Adam Le Fondre
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Jordi Gomez scored a second-half hat trick as Wigan secured its fourth win of the season, beating Reading 3-2 at the DW Stadium.

The Royals took the lead 35th minute as Sean Morrison rose highest in the penalty area above several Latics’ defenders to head the ball into the top corner.  

Roberto Martinez’s men levelled when Gomez tapped in from close range. He doubled his tally for the day when he headed Jean Beausejour’s cross home to give the Latics the lead.

Just as the hosts thought they had the lead secure, keeper Ali Al-Habsi put the ball into his own net as he attempted to push Hal Robson-Kanu’s shot over the bar.

The drama didn’t end there as Gomez scored his hat trick in injury time as he lifted the ball into the top corner to give Wigan all three points.

The Latics were enjoying the majority of possession in the early stages and should have taken the lead in the 12th minute as Beausejour found space down the left and hit a sublime cross into the box for Arouna Kone, who somehow missed a free header from six yards.

The Latics were made to pay for their lack of clinical finishing in front of goal as McDermott’s side took the lead through Morrison, who rose highest in the area to head Shorey’s pinpoint free-kick into the top corner of the net.  

The home side finally got the goal it deserved all game when Gomez fired in an equalizer after a great attacking move down the left as Beausejour and Di Santo combined to set up the midfielder. His first effort was saved by Federici but he showed awareness to knock in the rebound.

Reading almost regained the advantage immediately and Wigan was indebted to Al-Habsi, who made a great save to deny Le Fondre as his header looked certain to hit the back of the net.

This time the Latics made the visitors pay for their missed opportunity as Gomez scored his and Wigan’s second of the day as he headed Beausejour’s deep cross past Federici at the back-post into the top corner.

In an end-to-end game the Royals were gifted an equalizer by a bizarre moment from Al-Habsi, as he knocked the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the Robson-Kanu’s blocked effort over the bar.

However, in the dying seconds Gomez picked up the ball in midfield and drove down the pitch. He fed Kone who returned the pass and the Spaniard fired his shot into the top corner to seal his treble and the win.

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Wigan Athletic

26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
79′
2.00
17
Emmerson Boyce
Defender
3.00
21
Iván Ramis
Defender
49′
2.50
-
Ronnie Stam
Defender
2.50
3
Maynor Figueroa
Defender
3.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
27′
2.50
19
David Jones
Midfielder
44′ 83′
3.00
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
58′ 68′ 92′
4.00
22
Jean Beausejour
Midfielder
68′
3.50
9
Arouna Kone
Striker
92′
3.50
10
Shaun Maloney
Midfielder
46′
2.50

Reading

3.50
1
Adam Federici
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
20
3.50
15
3.00
17
3.00
8
3.50
11
Jobi McAnuff
Midfielder
3.00
16
Jay Tabb
Midfielder
73′
2.50
19
2.00
9
3.50
30

Substitutes

12
Mike Pollitt
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
3.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
83′
2.50
20
Fraser Fyvie
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.50
15
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
Stuart Taylor
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
23
Ian Harte
Defender
 - 
24
2.50
12
 - 
29
 - 
10
Noel Hunt
Striker

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Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0