Wigan earned their second successive win under new boss Uwe Rosler with a gutsy display at Reading.

Midfielder Chris McCann gave the Latics an early lead when he gathered a loose ball and beat keeper Alex McCarthy.

Nick Powell then added a second with a low shot after Reading central defender Alex Pearce misread a punt downfield.

Russian forward Pavel Pogrebnyak pulled one back for the Royals when his looping header arced in over Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The result moved Wigan up to 12th in the Championship table. Reading, on the other hand, slip down to sixth after a second defeat in seven games, with a tough match at third-placed Leicester coming up.

The Lancashire side went in front in the 10th minute when James McArthur released James McClean on the left. His attempted cross was blocked, but McCann collected and kept his head to guide the ball past the stranded McCarthy.

It got worse two minutes later, when defender Pearce inexplicably allowed a hopeful punt to evade him and Powell scampered through to beat McCarthy with a low shot.

Reading fought back with Pogrebnyak forcing Al-Habsi into a fine save at his near post, before Kaspars Gorkss headed over from a Danny Guthrie corner.

The Latics held firm until the 68th minute when Pogrebnyak scored with brilliantly guided header.

Wigan were rattled as Reading poured forward for the equaliser - Guthrie went close from a free-kick, Pogrebnyak narrowly failed to reach an Adam Le Fondre cross-shot before the Russian was denied by the post.

The visitors, however, held on for a deserved win.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:

"I came here to make the play-offs but, for the moment, I just focus on the next game.

"We have the possibility, with a good run, to sneak into the play-offs.

"All the teams I have had always have a strong end to the season. I think that will happen here as well. I'm confident that it is achievable.

"We've started the last few games in similar fashion. Reading had massive problems, lost their confidence and had the crowd on their backs."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"That poor start cost us dearly.

"We tried to control the game but there was a bit of nervousness. And you just can't legislate for giving away goals like that, they were shocking."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 24 Cummings (Obita - 45' )
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 05 Pearce (McCleary - 59' )
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 10 Drenthe (Le Fondre - 72' )
  • 23 Williams Booked
  • 14 Sharp
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 12 McCleary
  • 16 Akpan
  • 22 Blackman
  • 37 Obita

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 15 McManaman (Jordi Gómez - 45' Booked )
  • 22 Beausejour Booked (Crainey - 70' Booked )
  • 06 Rogne
  • 25 Barnett
  • 24 Perch Booked
  • 08 Watson Booked
  • 07 McCann
  • 11 McClean
  • 19 Powell (Keane - 45' )
  • 16 McArthur

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 04 Shotton
  • 09 Holt
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 21 Ramis
  • 31 Keane
Ref: Gary Sutton
Att: 18,336

Match Stats

Shots

21 13

On target

4 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +6:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +5:32 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:56

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

90:00 +4:56

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:25

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:25

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

90:00 +3:02

Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:25

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass.

90:00 +1:45

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by William Keane.

90:00 +0:29

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

90:00 +0:29

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:57

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

89:43

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris McCann.

89:30

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Alex McCarthy.

88:57

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

88:03

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

88:03

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:19

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

86:49

Attempt missed. William Keane (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McArthur.

84:56

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

82:46

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

82:33

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre with a headed pass.

81:42

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

81:07 Booking

Booking Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:02

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:02

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

80:14

Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

79:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:30

Delay in match Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

78:21

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:21

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

77:49

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:40

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

76:39 Booking

Booking James Perch (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

76:10

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:10

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

75:53

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:53

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

73:54 Booking

Booking Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

73:36 Booking

Booking Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

73:29

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

73:17

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey tries a through ball, but Ben Watson is caught offside.

72:13

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

72:13

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Royston Drenthe.

69:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey replaces Jean Beausejour.

68:29

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

68:29

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:50

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:50

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

67:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

66:39

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

62:49

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:15

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

62:11

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

61:29

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

61:28

Attempt saved. William Keane (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Perch.

60:27

Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Keane.

59:58

Hand ball by William Keane (Wigan Athletic).

58:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Alex Pearce.

57:41 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:35

Billy Sharp (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:35

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

56:53

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.

56:52

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris McCann.

56:08

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Royston Drenthe.

55:29

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a headed pass.

53:24

Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

52:49

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Billy Sharp (Reading) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Billy Sharp should be disappointed.

51:56

Penalty Reading. Chris Gunter draws a foul in the penalty area.

51:56

Penalty conceded by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

49:13

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

49:13

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:26

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

48:26

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:20

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:20

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

45:40

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

45:40

William Keane (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Shaun Cummings.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Callum McManaman.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. William Keane replaces Nick Powell.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 2.

45:00 +0:52

Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

41:27

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

41:25

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell.

38:59

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

38:19

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:19

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

37:56

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

36:17

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:17

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

34:55

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross.

34:38

Attempt blocked. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:00

Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:00

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

32:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

32:02

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

31:13

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

30:54

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

30:52

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

28:55

Corner, Reading. Conceded by James McArthur.

25:40

Shaun Cummings (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:40

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

22:51

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

21:32

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

20:47

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:47

Foul by Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic).

17:01

Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Watson.

15:39

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

15:39

Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 2. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Rogne.

9:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

9:40

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

5:10

Attempt missed. Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

1:23

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

1:23

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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