James McCarthy scored twice for Wigan to deny QPR a first win of the season
Last Updated: December 8, 2012 9:39pm
James McCarthy: Produced two fine finishes to leave Harry Redknapp and QPR waiting for that first win
James McCarthy's brace earned Wigan a deserved 2-2 draw and denied QPR their first win of the season at the DW Stadium.
Djibril Cisse briefly looked to have won it for Harry Redknapp's side but McCarthy popped up with his second of the game minutes later to deny QPR and leave them deep in the mire.
McCarthy had opened the scoring in the first half with a fine volley but Ryan Nelsen equalised for the visitors with a header soon after.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez had major defensive worries going into the game as his first-choice back-three were all unavailable through a combination of injury and suspensions.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: James McCarthy probed from midfield all afternoon and got his reward with a vital equaliser.
- Goal of the match: James McCarthy connected sweetly to latch onto Jamie Mackie's clearance and beat Robert Green from distance.
- Talking point: Can QPR stay up? They hung in there at the DW Stadium but could not close out the win.
That showed in a nervy opening as the Hoops, with Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite prominent in midfield, looked the more purposeful of the sides without troubling Ali Al Habsi in the Latics goal.
But it was Wigan that took the lead in fine style inside 20 minutes when McCarthy volleyed low into Robert Green's net after Jamie Mackie had failed to effectively clear a corner from the left.
Redknapp's apparent decision to favour perspiration over inspiration in leaving so many of his flair players on the bench looked to have backfired.
But they were back on level terms just seven minutes later thanks to their wholehearted captain when Nelsen rose to head powerfully home at the near post from Adel Taarabt's corner.
Wigan came out a much-improved team after the interval as they completely dominated the early stages of the second half with QPR retreating into their shell.
David Jones forced Green into a smart save with a volley and then the former England goalkeeper was beaten by Jordi Gomez only for the ball to come back off the crossbar.
But when Adrian Lopez misplaced a pass in defence, Shaun Wright-Phillips picked out Cisse on the edge of the box who guided the ball left-footed into the corner to punish Wigan on the break.
There was no happy ending for the Premier League bottom club though and when Jean Beausejour measured his cross to find McCarthy, the Irishman slotted past Green to earn a point for his team.
|Wigan Athletic||Team Statistics||Queens Park Rangers|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|8||Shots on Target||4|
|5||Shots off Target||4|
|47.3||1st Half Poss.||52.7|
|65.7||2nd Half Poss.||34.3|
Barclays Premier League
|8||West Bromwich Albion||38||49|
|10||West Ham United||38||46|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||38||25|
Wigan v QPR
Roberto Martinez insisted he was proud of Wigan's efforts against QPR but unhappy not to come away with a victory.
Harry Redknapp admitted after the draw with Wigan that QPR must start improving, and he may strengthen in January.
Harry Redknapp feels his QPR side are improving after their 2-2 draw at Wigan, but accepts that they need wins.