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DW Stadium (ATT 16,247) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City Stoke

Wigan 2

S Maloney (pen 5)
F Di Santo (49)

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Stoke 2

J Walters (pen 40)
P Crouch (76)

Crouch earns a point for Stoke

Potters held Wigan to a 2-2 away draw

Last Updated: 01/09/12 7:07pm

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Wigan Athletic v Stoke City: The Latics celebrate their opening goal of the game

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City: The Latics celebrate their opening goal of the game

Stoke City twice came from behind to hold Wigan Athletic to an enthralling 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium in their Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Man of the Match: Arouna Kone was the star of the show for Wigan Athletic, as the Ivorian forward was a handful for the Stoke City defence. The 28-year-old created the Latics' second goal and often took a number of Potters players by himself. Goal of the Match: Franco Di Santo's goal for Wigan in the early minutes of the second half was something special. Kone led a Wigan counter-attack down the right flank, advanced into the Stoke penalty area and then laid it brilliant for Di Santo to find the target with a neat finish. Save of the Match: Ali Al- Habsi showed his remarkable reflex in the 85th minute when he kept out a deflected Charlie Adam free-kick. Adam's set-piece got a huge deflection off the head of Gary Caldwell and despite going in the wrong direction, Al-Habsi readjusted himself and got his right hand to the ball. Talking Points: Is this a good result for Stoke City, who have now drawn all of their three Premier League games so far this season? Can the Kone-Di Santo strike partnership continue to gel for Wigan?

Wigan took the lead after just five minutes when Shaun Maloney scored from the penalty, but Jonathan Walters restored parity for the Potters in the 40th minute also from the spot.

Franco Di Santo restored the Latics' one-goal advantage just four minutes into the second half to set up a thrilling contest.

However, Wigan had to settle for a point in the end, as Peter Crouch's headed goal from close range on 77 minutes saw Stoke draw their third successive Premier League game.

First-half action

The hosts exerted some early pressure and after James McCarthy had seen his shot strike Robert Huth's hand in the area, referee Martin Atkinson awarded a spot-kick which Maloney comfortably tucked away, sending Asmir Begovic the wrong way.

Wigan appealed for another penalty minutes later, with Di Santo appearing to be sandwiched by Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson, but Atkinson ruled the infringement to be on the part of the Latics player.

Roberto Martinez's men kept pressing with crosses into the box and the ball just not quite falling for Arouna Kone, but they were disrupted by an enforced change in the 28th minute as the injured Jean Beausejour was replaced by David Jones.

Stoke issued a warning soon after, with Geoff Cameron cracking one wide from distance, and the visitors then made an early substitution of their own, with transfer deadline day signing Charlie Adam coming on for his debut in place of Wilkinson.

The Potters were finding some rhythm and after an Adam free-kick had caused a goalmouth scramble which Wigan survived, the Staffordshire outfit drew level.

Again it came from a handball in the area, Maynor Figueroa the culprit as Crouch tried to get past him, and Walters stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Ali Al Habsi.

Stoke finished the half strongly with Marc Wilson's volley deflected against the bar, but Wigan began the second period as they had the opening one, netting early on to restore their lead.

Second-half entertainment

A counter-attack move saw Kone find himself through on goal and with red and white shirts advancing he laid the ball off to Di Santo, who fired in.

The Potters responded with Michael Kightly drilling in to Al Habsi's arms, but Wigan continued to attack and after Kone had just failed to find the right pass following a run into the box, Emmerson Boyce struck an effort wide.

Having weathered the storm, Stoke hit back and Walters met a long ball at the back post but could not keep his shot down.

Crouch then provided the equaliser with 14 minutes remaining, leaping to nod in Walters' cross.

The momentum was fully with the Potters again and after Al Habsi produced a save to deny substitute Cameron Jerome, he pulled off a superb one to keep the ball out when Adam's free-kick deflected off Gary Caldwell.

It was very much end-to-end stuff in the closing stages and the home fans cried out for another penalty as Shawcross tackled Wigan substitute Ryo Miyaichi in the box, but Atkinson rightly waved play on before blowing the full-time whistle to confirm the points were shared.

Wigan AthleticTeam StatisticsStoke City
2Goals2
11st Half Goals1
3Shots on Target7
5Shots off Target7
5Blocked Shots5
2Corners1
15Fouls12
1Offsides4
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
84Passing Success70.6
12Tackles20
91.7Tackles Success80
68.3Possession31.7
46.5Territorial Advantage53.5
539Total Passes231
15Total Crosses23
147Lost Balls133
34Recoveries47
73.91st Half Poss.26.1
66.42nd Half Poss.33.6

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6 Arsenal 17 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 17 23
10 Liverpool 17 22
11 Everton 17 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 16 19
14 Sunderland 17 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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