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DW Stadium (ATT 15,025) 1st April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Leicester City Leicester

Wigan 2

I Ramis (37)
R Kiernan (62)

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Leicester 2

A King (41)
D Hammond (87)

Sky Bet Championship: Leicester grab 2-2 draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium

Last Updated: 01/04/14 10:56pm

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Dean Hammond: Grabbed a point for the Foxes

Dean Hammond: Grabbed a point for the Foxes

Dean Hammond's first Leicester goal rescued a dramatic 2-2 draw for the Sky Bet Championship leaders at Wigan and kept alive their hopes of having their return to the Premier League confirmed this weekend.

Wigan, also chasing promotion, took the lead through Ivan Ramis' powerful header after 37 minutes, but the Foxes replied four minutes before the break through Andy King.

Rob Kiernan looked to have won it for the Latics on 62 minutes, but Hammond headed in with three minutes remaining to extend Leicester's unbeaten run in the Championship to 20 games.

The Foxes will now have their automatic promotion confirmed if they beat Sheffield Wednesday at home on Friday night and QPR fail to beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

Leicester began confidently and almost went ahead in the third minute when Liam Moore's header across goal from an Anthony Knockaert cross from the left was cleared off the line by Ramis.

Wigan's first effort came in the eighth minute when Jordi Gomez curled a left-footed shot just over the bar from Stephen Crainey's cut-back just inside the area.

Leicester threatened again in the 10th minute when Paul Konchesky put in a dangerous low cross that fell to David Nugent, who shot straight at Ali Al-Habsi.

Immediately Wigan broke away and a curling cross from Gomez was met by the head of Nicky Maynard inside the box, whose effort was tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel.

Half the DW stadium thought the Latics had opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Powell won the ball 30 yards from the Leicester goal and fed Maynard, but the striker fired into the side-netting and not the net as some fans first presumed.

Wigan's persistence finally paid off in the 37th minute when Gomez floated in an inviting free-kick from the left that Ramis powerfully headed past Schmeichel from 10 yards.

The home side's lead lasted less than four minutes as Nugent played a pass to the feet of King inside the box, who turned and calmly slotted the ball past Al-Habsi via the post.

Leicester ended the half strongly, with Konchesky unleashing a fierce 25-yard drive and forcing Al-Habsi to tip it wide in the final minute of the half.

Schmeichel pulled off a fine save just past the hour to tip over a ferocious 20-yard drive from James McArthur.
But the Latics struck from the resulting corner, with Kiernan heading in another quality delivery from Gomez for his first ever professional goal.

The Foxes were not to be denied though, and equalised in the 87th minute when Hammond got on the end of a Riyad Mahrez free-kick from the right to nod past Al-Habsi from 10 yards.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13

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