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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,421
StokeStokevWiganWigan
2
  • Shawcross, 23
  • Crouch, 48
2
  • McArthur, 50
  • Di Santo, 61

live commentary

90 mins:Big chance! A delicious ball in from Maloney is met by Di Santo at the far post but he can't get enough on the finish.

90 mins:There are going to be three additional minutes.

89 mins:We are just waiting for added time now.

87 mins:Peter Crouch is making his way off to be replaced by Kenwyne Jones.

85 mins:As we enter the final five minutes its Wigan pushing forward again.

83 mins:Stoke have a chance to break with Jerome getting into the channel but his cross is too long for Crouch.

81 mins:Into the final ten minutes of this one now and either side could go on and win this.

79 mins:An excellent passing move from Wigan frustrates the home fans but they are relieved when Stam's cross goes straight at Begovic.

77 mins:A superb turn from Cameron Jerome sees the big striker lose Caldwell and close in on goal but he fires wide of the post.

75 mins:If you had to pick a winner here then, right now, you'd pick Wigan.

73 mins:Wigan are pressing on and Maloney stings the palms of Begovic from 25 yards.

70 mins:Wigan are the better side at the moment and Stoke are in danger of losing this.

68 mins:And here comes another Stoke change with Steven N'Zonzi replaced by Andy Wilkinson. And the fans are not happy.

67 mins:A change for Stoke and its an attacking one as Charlie Adam is replaced by Cameron Jerome.

65 mins:Good save! James McArthur barrels forward and shoots from the edge of the box to bring a fine save from Asmir Begovic.

63 mins:Stoke are at sixes and sevens and Whitehead hauls back Espinoza and is booked.

62 mins:GOAL: STOKE 2-2 WIGAN. Here we go! Stoke will be kicking themselves as Maloney clips a cross to the far post and McArthur is unarked to head back to FRANCO DI SANTO who volleys home.

59 mins:Stoke are just trying to put their foot on the ball a little more now and kill the tempo.

56 mins:Adam steps up to curl a free-kick goalwards and its just wide of the far post.

55 mins:A decent response from Stoke though as they get the ball into Peter Crouch and relieve some pressure.

52 mins:What a transformation! Wigan suddenly look like the better side and are off in search of an equaliser.

50 mins:GOAL: STOKE 2-1 WIGAN. Excellent! Wigan have woken up and Espinoza flicks a superb first time pass into the run of JAMES MCARTHUR who steadies himself before clipping past Begovic.

48 mins:GOAL: STOKE 2-0 WIGAN. Is that game over? Stoke break and Adam's shot is parried out by Al Habsi straight to PETER CROUCH to tap into the net.

47 mins:The second period has started very similarly to the first with Stoke the better side but its prtty timid.

46 mins:The second half is underway.

45 mins:HALF TIME: STOKE 1-0 WIGAN. And there goes the half time whistle! Stoke have been marginally the better side but, in truth, its been a poor game so far.

45 mins:A strange time for a change as Emmerson Boyce is replaced by Ronnie Stam right on the stroke of half time.

45 mins:Espinoza is booked for dissent.

45 mins:A chance for Stoke to break but Walters has stepped offside.

45 mins:There will be four minutes of added time.

42 mins:That's a chance! Beausejour curls in a clever cross and James McArthur arrives to volley just wide.

41 mins:A little spell of pressure from Wigan but they have nobody in the box as Di Santo comes wide looking for the ball.

39 mins:We are almost into the last five minutes of a pretty poor first half.

36 mins:Charlie Adam overhits a cross and it ends up almost nestling in the top corner as Al Habsi scrambles helplessly backwards.

34 mins:Di Santo is in need of some treatment and Wigan are temporarily down to ten men.

32 mins:Stoke are maintaining some decent pressure in Wigan's final third at the moment.

30 mins:You'd expect Wigan to be fighting for all they're worth tonight but they are all over the place.

27 mins:Stoke look hungry to try to add to their total before Wigan can start to forge a response.

25 mins:Roberto Martinez is visibly unhappy with his side's defending there. They were on their heels and they've paid the price.

23 mins:GOAL: STOKE 1-0 WIGAN. That's a gift! Adam chips in a weak free-kick but McCarthy makes a hash of heading clear and the ball drops perfectly for RYAN SHAWCROSS to volley home from point blank range.

20 mins:It's been pretty poor from both sides so far, but Stoke are just about on top.

18 mins:Charlie Adam is the latest to chance his arm from outside the box and this one flashes just wide.

15 mins:Half a chance for Stoke as N'Zonzi bundles his way to the edge of the box but his shot is tame.

12 mins:We have our first shot of the night, but its not threatening the goal as Walters slices well wide.

10 mins:There is no rhythm to this game as yet with both sides taking their time to get going.

8 mins:We are back underway now then and Huth is on the field once more.

6 mins:Robert Huth is now sporting some Terry Butcher-esque headgear and will be back in action shortly.

4 mins:A worry for both sides after a clash of heads between Franco Di Santo and Robert Huth and it's Huth who seems to be in worse shape.

2 mins:A quiet opening two minutes and now the rain is thrashing down onto the pitch here.

1 mins:We are underway in Stoke.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Golobart, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Espinoza, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Whitehead, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Wigan have made the short hop down the M6 tonight in search of three points that would kickstart their late season push for survival.

Stoke have been going through an indifferent patch of form of late, particularly at the back, and Tony Pulis will be wanting an improvement tonight.

Good evening and welcome to the Britannia as Wigan travel to Stoke.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,421
StokeStokevWiganWigan
2
  • Shawcross, 23
  • Crouch, 48
2
  • McArthur, 50
  • Di Santo, 61

match report

Wigan produced an impressive comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Ryan Shawcross opened the scoring for Stoke and the game looked over when Peter Crouch added a second after the break but goals from James McArthur and Franco Di Santo earned Wigan a point.

The Latics deserved their rewards for a high-tempo second half display but Roberto Martinez will surely be alarmed by the defending that saw his side go behind.

Jean Beausejour could only head his attempted clearance from a free-kick against team-mate James McCarthy and the ball looped over both men to allow Shawcross to volley home from close range.

That breakthrough came midway through the first half and was befitting of the scrappy start to the game.

But it was Stoke applying the bulk of the pressure early on with Charlie Adam going close to doubling the lead shortly afterwards with a rare right-footed effort from distance.

And it was a driving run from Adam that led to Stoke's second goal in the early stages of the second half.

The Scot broke and was given freedom to get a shot off from the edge of the box that Ali Al-Habsi could only parry into the path off the advancing Crouch who tucked the ball away.

Just as the home fans were expecting a comfortable evening, Wigan scored the goal of the night - Roger Espinoza threading a pass through to McArthur who finished expertly with the outside of his boot.

Espinoza was fast becoming the pivotal figure with his passes finally finding their range and the Honduran combined with McArthur again to help haul the visitors level.

He curled in an angled ball from the left that McArthur headed back across goal for Di Santo to volley cleanly past Asmir Begovic and earn Wigan an unlikely equaliser.

Cameron Jerome came off the bench to fire wide but neither side could find a fifth goal and the point is enough to move Wigan out of the drop zone and above Aston Villa and Reading into 17th spot.

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
2Geoff Cameron
18Dean Whitehead
4Robert Huth
17Ryan Shawcross
19Jonathan Walters
15Steven N'Zonzi68
16Charlie Adam66
6Glenn Whelan
26Matthew Etherington
25Peter Crouch87

substitutes

33Cameron Jerome66
29Thomas S°rensen
20Matthew Upson
28Andy Wilkinson68
10Michael Owen
30Ryan Shotton
9Kenwyne Jones87

referee

Michael Jones

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
5Gary Caldwell
25Roman Golobart
31Maynor Figueroa
17Emmerson Boyce49
22Jean Beausejour83
16James McArthur
4James McCarthy
10Shaun Maloney
9Franco Di Santo
18Roger Espinoza

substitutes

11Angelo Henriquez
27Jordan Mustoe
14Jordi Gˇmez
6David Jones
23Ronnie Stam49
15Callum McManaman83
1Joel Robles

referee

Michael Jones

match stats

possession %3663
shots on target36
shots off target55
corners01
tackles won106
offsides14