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Britannia Stadium (ATT 24,421) 29th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Jones

Stoke Stoke City vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Stoke 2

R Shawcross (23)
P Crouch (48)

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Wigan 2

J McArthur (50)
F Di Santo (61)

Premier League: Wigan comeback denies Stoke at the Britannia Stadium

Last Updated: 30/01/13 6:53am

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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.

Best of the Match:

  • Man of the Match: James McArthur. Took his goal brilliantly, and laid the equaliser on a plate for Di Santo. The Scot instigated Wigan's second-half revival by taking the game to Stoke. At the heart of every move.
  • Moment of the Match: Franco Di Santo could have won it for the Latics late on. He was only inches away from connecting with a Shaun Maloney centre, which would have capped a remarkable comeback.
  • Talking Points: Stoke's winless run continues. Various system changes seemed to disrupt their play in the second half. Was it a gamble going three at the back? As for Wigan, why can't Wigan play like that for 90 minutes? Such a contrast between their first-half display and their attacking football in the second. Can they build on this?

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.

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1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 11 25
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Hull City 12 11
17 Aston Villa 11 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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