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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 22,321) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Dowd

Reading Reading vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Reading 0

P Pogrebnyak (S/O 55)

ft

Wigan 3

A Kone (44, 45+2)
M Figueroa (48)

Wigan beat Reading 3-0 to move out of the Premier League relegation zone

By Tim Oscroft.   Last Updated: 23/02/13 8:04pm

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Arouna Kone celebrates his second goal.

Arouna Kone celebrates his second goal.

Wigan Athletic moved out of the relegation zone as they eased to their first league win in seven games after beating Reading 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Arouna Kone struck twice in two minutes at the end of the first half to give Roberto Martinez's side the advantage.

Maynor Figueroa added a third early in the second half, and when Pavel Pogrebnyak was sent off on 55 minutes, Reading's slim hopes all but disappeared.

The two clubs' situation led to a tense first half with chances at a premium, although Wigan started brightly, with Franco Di Santo forcing Adam Federici into a fine save low to his right after just five minutes.

Wigan's complete performance

Reading asserted themselves for the bulk of the first period, but their pressure was not translated into meaningful chances, with lone striker Pogrebnyak shackled by Paul Scharner.

The home side's Australian goalkeeper maintained the status quo with another good save after Wigan upped their game, punching away Kone's shot from close range after the striker had done well to get the ball out from under his feet.

And this served as a prelude to a fine end to the half for Wigan and their top scorer, who turned a Figueroa effort at a corner into the net with his chest.

Barely a minute later Wigan doubled their lead when Kone latched onto a fine Beausejour pass that bisected the home defence, and then coolly chipped the advancing Federici as the Reading keeper closed in on the Ivorian.

Brian McDermott introduced Adam Le Fondre at the break, hoping the striker would make another effective contribution from off the bench.

McDermott laments decisions

However the game was put even further from the Royals' reach within three minutes of the restart, Figueroa racing onto a pass from Di Santo before placing the ball home through Federici's legs.

Even worse was to follow for the home side on 55 minutes, when Pogrebnyak was shown a straight red card. The striker lashed out a foot in frustration at Figueroa having lost the ball, and referee Phil Dowd showed little hesitation in dismissing the Russian.

Federici then clawed away a Figueroa shot from 25 yards out high to his right, and Jordi Gomez, who hit a hat trick in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, saw his stabbed effort punched to safety.

Wigan were in complete control for the remainder of the game, and with Aston Villa losing at Arsenal the perennial Premier League strugglers climbed out of the relegation zone.

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1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 34 74
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 34 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29

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