Both teams are in good form after a period where neither could buy a win. Reading host Wigan today unbeaten in four games since their hidings at Sunderland and Liverpool (1-4, and 1-6 respectively), while the visitors have only lost once in the last five matches (0-3 at Newcastle). Wigan’s early season form sees them hold 8th place in the table, while Reading sit two places and one point above the drop zone in 16th place. The two teams met at the DW Stadium in August where Wigan comfortably ran out 4-1 winners.
Kickoff at 1230 GMT.
Reading repeated Wigan’s turnaround on Saturday by coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in stoppage time. Maxime Schenkel made his debut in goal for the visitors, and was reliable throughout until he couldn’t hold Adam Le Fondre’s shot with less than 20 seconds to play, spilling the ball in the direction of Hal Robson-Kanu who slotted home into the empty net. Once again Wigan looked pacey and enthusiastic down both flanks, but wasted balls in the final third. Di Santo and McCarthy also guilty of not playing through balls when options had opened up in front of them. GS taking notes to play a DM right in front of the back four. 5-3-2 looks likely in the future. Beausejour and Garcia both missed down the left. Kone should add much-needed muscle up front soon, and new signing Ademi should be match fit for the weekend.
Today: GS’s Wigan @ Reading. Wigan 8th (34pts), Reading 16th (21). Wigan one defeat in five, Reading unbeaten in four. Wigan won 4-1 in Aug.
READING: Some players. WIGAN: Schenkel – Stam, Ramis, Caldwell, Boyce – McCarthy, Maloney, Klein, Gomez – Guidetti, Di Santo.
0′ Reading get the game underway, shooting left to right. Maxime Schenkel gets his first touch as a Wigan player, gathering a long ball.
2′ Forced change for Wigan. Emerson Boyce lands awkwardly and can’t continue. Miyaichi comes on, Maloney switches flanks, Klein drops to RB.
7′ Jordi Gomez picks up a yellow for a mistimed challenge on Ian Harte.
16′ First clear-cut chance falls to Pogrebnyak after a cross comes in from the right, but the Russian can’t the ball control on his chest.
22′ Ryo Miyaichi has Wigan’s first shot of the game. The end result is exactly what you think it would be. Not a thrilling match so far.
24′ 1-0 Wigan! Ivan Ramis intercepts a long all forward and feeds GUIDETTI who beats three on a run from halfway and slides home from 12yds.
28′ Dear oh dear. Danny Guthrie blazes over the top of an open goal from eight yards after a neat layoff from McAnuff. Harder to miss.
33′ Maloney evades four challenges and bursts into the box, but blazes his shot inches over the bar from a tight angle.
38′ Danny Guthrie collapses after a tussle with Jordi Gomez following his challenge on the Wigan man. Gomez, on a yellow, escapes punishment.
44′ Ronnie Stam pulls back Noel Hunt as he races onto a through ball. It’s a long way out, but the yellow card may be less than he deserves.
HALFTIME: Reading 0-1 Wigan. Stats: Shots 15-9, On Target 5-1, Possession 50-50%, Fouls 6-5, Yellow Cards 0-2. See you in 15 minutes! GS.
58′ 2-0 Wigan and it’s an absolute beauty. MIYAICHI cuts in from the left, beats two and loops one into the top corner from 20 yards.
Make that 25-yards and three defenders. Absolutely no chance for Federici. Wigan’s best individual goal all season. Stunning strike.
60′ 2-1, Reading strike back instantly. POGREBNYAK sweeps the ball in at the far post after Robson-Kanu nods back the right wing cross.
67′ Wigan replace both goal scorers as they settle to a flat 4-4-2, Guidetti picking up a slight knock. Boselli and Watson on.
72′ Adam LE FONDRE slams home an equaliser from six yards after Wigan fail to get the ball clear. Wistful looks towards the assistant referee…
Tight, tight call. Benefit with attacker and all that. It’s 2-2. Comeback.
75′ Yellow for Leigertwood, concedes freekick 25 yards out, dead centre. (Ramis got a yellow on the hour, forgot to mention it).
81′ Wigan’s full backs getting forward. Klein floats a ball to the far post but Maloney’s touch is too heavy and Federici gathers low.
85′ Five plus stoppages, and both sides look like they could snatch a late winner. Wigan vulnerable through middle, Reading rusty on wings.
88′ Boselli gets on the end of McCarthy’s cross but it’s hacked off the line by Gunter after Federici takes the sting out the drive.
92′ READING HAVE WON IT. There’s 16 seconds of stoppage time remaining and ROBSON-KANU taps home aft Schenkel fumbles Le Fondre’s strike.
Reading 3 – 2 Wigan A.
27 Shots 14
12 On Target 4
51% Possession 49%
11 Fouls 9
- Manchester United hammer Liverpool 5-0 at Old Trafford in the league, Rooney converting a pair of second-half penalties.
- In the Wigan post-match press conference, manager GS spoke of his disappointment that the team threw away a 2-goal lead, but added he knew exactly how a home team responds having dished out the same punishment to Tottenham on Saturday. A Daily Mirror journalist enquired about a potential offer for Boca Juniors left wingback Sanchez Mino. While interested, Wigan’s wage structure would mean a player leaving before anyone else joins.
- Jordan Mustoe has let the rest of the first team know about his unhappiness at not being allowed to go out on loan. Following a chat with him (and also Josh Langley), both players have been loan listed.
- Reginaldo, a twenty-nine year old right-winger, completes his move from Siena to Wigan for £525k.
- Wigan play bottom club Southampton on Saturday afternoon.