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DW Stadium (ATT 14,333) 25th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Coote

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Middlesbrough Middlesbro'

Wigan 2

G Holt (pen 17)
J Gomez (85)

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Middlesbro' 2

G Friend (45)
G Leadbitter (75)

Sky Bet Championship: Wigan and Middlesbrough draw 2-2 on Sunday

Last Updated: 25/08/13 6:54pm

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Jordi Gomez: Celebrates grabbing late equaliser

Jordi Gomez: Celebrates grabbing late equaliser

A late goal from substitute Jordi Gomez rescued Wigan a point from a Sky Bet Championship draw with Middlesbrough.

The home side had led through Grant Holt's early penalty, but found themselves trailing when George Friend equalised before half-time, with Grant Leadbitter putting the Teessiders ahead inside the final quarter.

Gomez, though, ensured a share of the spoils when he drilled home a brilliant free-kick five minutes from time.

Having made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Doncaster in midweek, Wigan came flying out of the blocks in search of the opening goal.

They had strong claims for a penalty waved away by referee David Coote when Friend appeared to nudge Marc-Antoine Fortune in the back as he shaped to shoot.

But Boro could have no complaints on the 16-minute mark when Coote did point to the spot, with the same two players involved.

This time Friend clearly had a handful of Fortune's shirt, and Holt made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

The home side were claiming again moments later when Holt went down in the box after getting the wrong side of Jonathan Woodgate, but this time the official said no.

Boro were looking dangerous on the break, Lukas Jutkiewicz twice forcing very good saves from Scott Carson with left-foot strikes.

And Albert Adomah, a summer target for Latics, was looking lively every time he got the ball down the right wing for Boro.

Carson was again called into the action to deny Mustapha Carayol with his legs, but Boro would find an equaliser a minute before half-time.

Friend made amends for conceding the Wigan penalty, getting the better of James McArthur down the left and cutting into the area.

Despite being fouled by the Scot, Friend stayed on his feet and was rewarded when his low shot flew past Carson and into the far corner of the net.

The half-time break saw the victorious Wigan Warriors rugby league side parade the Challenge Cup, with the FA Cup won by the football team last May also on show.

But when the action resumed it was Boro who remained on the front foot.

After Luke Steele saved well from James McCarthy, Boro pushed forward and almost took the lead when Adomah cut inside Stephen Crainey only to see his shot saved by the legs of Carson.

But the visitors were asking the more probing questions by this point, and Adomah's 74th-minute cross was neatly finished off by Leadbitter to the delight of the travelling fans behind the goal.

Wigan, however, never gave up the ghost despite being below-par across the board.

They hauled themselves level with five minutes left when Roger Espinoza was fouled on the edge of the area, Gomez stepping up to rifle home the leveller with a cracking set-piece.

Marvin Emnes saw a late shot touched round the post by Carson, and then fired into the side-netting in stoppage time, but the honours were shared.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 43 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Charlton Athletic 42 42
21 Blackpool 43 42
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37