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November 24, 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 15436
Jordi Gómez 58', 68', 90'+
S. Morrison 35'
Ali Al Habsi 79' (own goal)
Wigan have a spectacular comeback victory thanks to Jordi Gomez to celebrate after defeating Reading in a match full of excitement. The Latics showed more attacking ambition in the first half but were threatened by the Royals' set piece expertise that eventually saw Sean Morrison net the opening goal. Wigan however began the second half with as much gusto as before and the introduction of Franco Di Santo instigated the creation of several chances down the left flank from the left foot of the excellent Jean Beausejour. Each had a hand in the equaliser after Jordi Gomez' tapped in after keeper Adam Federici fumbled his shot. The Chilean crossed for Di Santo to head in for what he thought was the lead, but was controversially ruled offside in the build up, before his excellent cross set up Jordi Gomez to head his side ahead just a minute later. Reading had been unlucky to see a penalty appeal dismissed after a foul on Jay Tabb minutes after Gomez' first goal, but they benefited from an astonishing error by Al Al-Habsi to get an equaliser from an own goal with just over ten minutes remaining to set up a thrilling finale to an end to end game. But Wigan grabbed the winner thanks to a spectacular hat-trick from Jordi Gomez. Roberto Martinez can reflect positively on his team's sustained menace in attack and brave mentality, while Brian McDermott will be disappointed to lose another lead and again travel home without an away win yet this season. His side cleverly exploited the hosts' absence of Gary Caldwell with a plan to win a series of set pieces to exploit through the delivery of left back Nicky Shorey, but were ultimately defeated by the home side's vibrant attack and remain above the bottom three only on goal difference.
Jack Gaughan at the DW Stadium: "Jordi Gomez, chastised by the home support in the first half, completes an unbelievable hat-trick at the death to give Wigan the points. Quite remarkable. This had everything. An own goal, a hat-trick and missed chances. But what's important is Wigan take the points."
90' + 3'
The full time whistle is blown to give Wigan the three points!
90' + 2'
Assist Arouna Kone
90' + 2'
Goal Jordi Gómez
Jordi Gomez scores a hat-trick to net a likely winner for Wigan! Gomez wins the ball in the centre circle and feeds Kone on the left edge of the box. Kone stopped and looked for the Spaniard who was running into the box, and Gomez struck a firm finish with his left foot. The camera displays Al-Habsi's relieved embrace of Beausejour after his blushes are spared.
Figueroa gets forward down the left flank and swings a neat cross towards the back post but none of his teammates are able to connect.
Kone chases a through ball down the left channel but is unable to bring the ball under control.
McCleary wins a free kick on the right flank, before Shorey aims his delivery towards Morrison at the back post but he heads into the side netting.
Ronnie Stam dribbles the ball up the right flank but is eventually outnumbered.
Wigan bring on James McArthur for David Jones on his return from injury, while Reading make another like for like change bringing on target man Pavel Pogrebnyak for Jason Roberts.
Wigan go close to restoring their lead as Gomez in search of his hat-trick cleared off the line by the retreating Morrison. Great defending from the Reading stopper.
Own Goal Ali Al Habsi
Ali Al-Habsi lets in a bizarre and humiliating own goal after a Robson-Kanu's shot is deflected and loops high in the air. The ball drops down on top of him and he fumbles the ball onto the bar only to see it come back off the woodwork and in again off his head.
Beausejour's low shot towards the right post is saved by Federici.
McAnuff shoots over the bar after receiving a knock down from right wing cross that followed Wigan's poor concession of the ball in their own half.
Beausejour draws defenders near him on the left flank and feeds Di Santo in space. The Argentine tries to find Kone with a cross but the ball evades him.
Reading bring on pacey winger Garath McCleary in place of central midfielder Jay Tabb in search of a winner.
Kone's shot is deflected wide after collecting a pass on the left edge of the box. The corner is taken short but the Royals clear.
Reading take a free kick short on the right flank but Shorey's low cross is cut out at the near post. The attack continues and Al-Habsi catches Le Fondre's header from Shorey's cross.
Assist Jean Beausejour
Goal Jordi Gómez
Jordi Gomez heads the Latics in front! Jean Beausejour receives the ball deep on the left flank and swings in an excellent cross which is converted by Gomez.
Wigan have a goal controversially disallowed after Beausejour is deemed to have been offside when he received a pass on the left flank before his low cross was expertly converted by Di Santo.
Wigan hold on to the ball on the left flank and win a free kick after Beausejour is fouled, and the Latics go on to build a move that ends when a Beausejour cross is well overhit.
Robson-Kanu swings in a left-footed cross after the throw-in and Le Fondre heads powerfully towards the left post, but Ali Al-Habsi makes a fantastic reaction save!
James McCarthy covers his out-of-position defence with a vital tackle on Le Fondre and the ball goes out for a throw-in on the right flank.
Kone wins a corner after his shot from the left edge of the box is deflected and flies narrowly wide of the right post.
Reading appeal for a penalty after Tabb tries to collect a loose ball in the box and is brought down by Figueroa.
A Stam shot is collected at the second attempt by Federici. Wigan are continuting to threaten.
Goal Jordi Gómez
Jordi Gomez equalises for Wigan! After Reading concede possession in their own half Beausejour receives the ball before finding Di Santo in the left channel. Di Santo crosses low for Gomez who strikes the ball into Federici, but the keeper spills the ball and Gomez collects the tap in.
Di Santo threads the ball into Jordi Gomez who wins a corner off Gorkss, and the corner is taken short before Stam forces a save from Federici with a curling shot aiming for the top right corner.
Reading win a corner on the left flank and Al-Habsi causes nerves as he tries to claim the ball which flies well over him, before Di Santo heads clear at the back post.
Wigan have controlled much of the opening few minutes of the second half but Di Santo wasted possession by blasting over the bar from the left edge of the box.
Kone controls a neat ball over the top of defence before being ruled offside.
Ronnie Stam wins a free kick on the right flank after Shorey blocks him off. Di Santo picks up the ball after the cross is left and backheels the ball into the path of Beausejour, who is called offside.
Shorey cleverly cuts inside from the left flank and passes to Roberts, who turns and shoots just wide of the right post from the edge of the box.
Centre back Ivan Ramis is forced off with an injury and Adrian Lopez comes on in his place before giving away a free kick against Jason Roberts.
Hal Robson-Kanu finds Roberts with a cross from the left flank, and the big striker cuts back to Le Fondre whose shot is blocked.
Franco Di Santo
Wigan get the second half underway and almost equalise in the first minute. David Jones makes an interception in the centre of the park, and Jordi Gomez plays Franco Di Santo in behind the defence, who looks to curl his shot into the right corner of the goal but sees Adam Federici tip it round the post.
Striker Franco Di Santo is brought on for playmaker Shaun Maloney, who has sustained an injury. Up front, Wigan have threatened in the first half, and it is in defence that they must look to improve.
Jack Gaughan at the DW Stadium: "Reading go in 1-0 up in drizzly conditions befitting this season so far for both the visitors and Wigan. Sean Morrison’s header is the difference between the two as the Latics are booed off."
Wigan's weakness at set pieces might owe something to the absence of regular captain Gary Caldwell, and Roberto Martinez' side have not yet salvaged a point from a losing position. He does however have Franco Di Santo available to appear from the bench, whose power and link-up play could help add more directness to Wigan's game in the second half.
Reading head in a goal ahead of hosts Wigan after a first half that was open and end-to-end from the outset until just before the break itself. Wigan opened the game with style and attacking intent, particularly on the left flank through Jean Beausejour creating several opportunities for Arouna Kone in particular, with Jordi Gomez and Shaun Maloney displaying some good touches. Reading however grew into the game and put Wigan under significant pressure after around twenty minutes with a string of set pieces. The Royals stuck to this game plan and went on to win several more corners and free kicks, through the tricky Jobi McAnuff in particular. Nicky Shorey's delivery was a consistent threat and eventually Sean Morrison was able to take advantage to send his side into the break a goal ahead.
45' + 2'
The half-time whistle is blown at the DW Stadium.
Le Fondre chases down a ball over the top from Mikele Leigertwood before Ramis clears. The Latics struggle to get the ball outs of their own half before Jean Beausejour receives a cross field pass on the left flank. The Chilean hits a low cross into Kone but Morrison is in front of him and on-hand to clear.
Yellow Card David Jones
Jones receives a yellow card after a clumsy, mistimed challenge on McAnuff.
Jones takes a corner from the right flank and aims towards Ramis at the back post, but Morrison stays tight to his man and heads clear.
Jordi Gomez impressively darts into the box from the left flank andshifts the ball around Gorkss with style before his shot with his weaker right foot flies well over the bar.
The goal emphasises the threat Reading pose from set pieces. The Royals have won several so far, benefiting from Wigan's indisciplined defending, but their success also reflects the threat posed on the flanks by tricky wingers Robson-Kanu and McAnuff.
Assist Nicky Shorey
Goal Sean Morrison
Goal for Reading's Sean Morrison! James McCarthy gives away a free kick on the left flank. Nicky Shorey puts a very good ball from a long way out towards the back post, and Morrison rises high above the Latics' defence with a running jump before heading powerfully into the top right corner with a perfectly directed effort.
Beausejour and Jordi Gomez combine on the left edge of the box before Morrison cuts out Beausejour's cross.
Kone picks up the ball on the right flank and gets round Gorkss and advances into the box before Morrison manages to dispossess him.
Beausejour picks out Gomez with a neat little ball. Gomez strikes a decent shot, but the shot is always rising over the bar as he leans back.
Beausejour finds Shaun Maloney in the box who cuts the ball back for a shot from Jones that is blocked.
Yellow Card James McCarthy
McCarthy picks up a booking for a late challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu as he bounded up the park.. Shorey swings the ball over the wall. Al Habsi makes difficult work of it but catches at the second attempt.
At the other end of the pitch Kone again goes close for Wigan. Jordi Gomez pivots on the edge of the box and neatly slides a through ball towards Kone who controls the ball with a deft first and attempts to round the keeper. Gunter slides in to push the ball towards Shorey who clears off the line.
Roberts receives the ball on the left edge of the box and finds le Fondre with a neat reverse pass who promptly wins a corner after his cut back is cleared. After some desperate defending Wigan were able to clear but Reading are enjoying an excellent spell. Some trickery by McAnuff in the box allows him to find Tabb in space. Tabb's volley hits McCarthy on the arm and appeals for a penalty but to no avail.
James McCarthy gives away a free kick on the left flank. McAnuff passes short to Jay Tabb before receiving the ball back again and placing a cross towards le Fondre at the back post, but the striker heads well wide of the right post.
Reading win a free kick on the right flank conceded by Maynor Figueroa, and it is played short before James McCarthy concedes a corner. Nicky Shorey's delivery arches towards the far post but neither le Dondre or Morrison are able to connect.
Ronnie Stam's cross is headed behind for a corner by right back Chris Gunter, and Beausejour's corner is headed away but Wigan continue their attack.
Wigan attack again through Kone down the right edge of the box. He passes to Jordi Gomez who tries to get round Kaspars Gorkss in the box but is dispossessed despite his appeals for a penalty.
Reading counter through Jason Roberts, who beats centre back Ivan Ramis for pace before his low cross is intercepted by Jones.
Arouna Kone misses an excellent chance after a brilliant couple of long passes from the Latics. First Ivan Ramis finds Jean Beausejour advancing down the left wing with an excellent long ball that travels the length of the pitch. Beausejour picks out Kone with a cross but the Ivorian heads over.
Jay Tabb wins a free kick outside the left edge of the box after holding off the ball from the efforts of David Jones to tackle.Jobi McAnuff floats the ball towards the back post before Wigan clear the danger.
Arouna Kone appeals for a free kick after a challenge from Gorkss on the right edge of the box but is unsuccessful. Reading attempt to break but the move breaks down after Jobi McAnuff's low cross is intercepted.
Wigan exchange a string of passes on the edge of the box. Reading eventually win the ball back but the ball soon goes out for a throw in on Wigan's left flank.
Jason Roberts neatly controls the ball outside the left edge of the box but misplaces his pass allowing Emmerson Boyce to make an interception and launch a flowing attack from Wigan. The home side are showing plenty of ambition and have kept the ball in the opposition half for most of the opening few minutes.
Reading's Nicky Shorey is caught by a late tackle and falls down in pain, but recovers and gets back on his feet.
Arouna Kone and Jordi Gomez combine to release Jean Beausejour on the left by-line. The Chilean is free to place a low cross towards the centre of the box, and a goalmouth scramble ensues before Sean Morrison clears for Reading.
Reading get the game underway at the DW Stadium.
Jack Gaughan at the DW Stadium: "Welcome to a brisk DW Stadium to what looks, on paper, to be the drabbest Premier League match of the season, let alone this weekend. But with Wigan only winning once in front of their home supporters so far and Reading earning their first three points of the campaign last week, this one could prove to be interesting. We’re not really sure which Wigan will turn up as their topsy-turvy form continues, but their brand of football remains lovely to watch and there should be goals for the visitors on the break."
Reading's Brian McDermott names an unchanged line up, with Hal Robson-Kanu on the right wing ahead of Garath McCleary on the bench, and last week's scorer of two goals Adam Le Fondre partnered by ex-Wigan striker Jason Roberts up front. Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt start on the bench.
Roberto Martinez is missing injured Gary Caldwell at centre back so defender Emmerson Boyce moves inside to cover, with Ronnie Stam taking his place at right wing back. David Jones comes in at centre midfield to replace Ben Watson, who broke his leg last week, as the returning James McArthur is deemed fit enough only for the bench. Franco Di Santo is named on the bench, and attacking midfielder Jordi Gomez takes his place in the attacking three.
Reading: Federici; Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey; Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff; Le Fondre, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.
Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa; Stam, McCarthy, Jones, Beausejour; Gomez, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Lopez.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's Live Commentary as Wigan host Reading at the DW Stadium. I'm @arthurvirgo and you can make your voice heard on Twitter @GoalUK
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