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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)


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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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 32 76
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 32 66
4 Manchester United 33 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 West Ham United 34 44
11 Crystal Palace 34 42
12 Everton 33 41
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26


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