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Reading 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Uwe Rosler

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:

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Post-match: Wigan manager 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."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 24CummingsSubstituted forObitaat 45'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 5PearceSubstituted forMcClearyat 59'minutes
  • 17Gorkss
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forLe Fondreat 72'minutes
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 74mins
  • 14Sharp
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Akpan
  • 22Blackman
  • 37Obita

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forGómez García-Pencheat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 22BeausejourBooked at 58minsSubstituted forCraineyat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Rogne
  • 25Barnett
  • 24PerchBooked at 77mins
  • 8WatsonBooked at 74mins
  • 7McCann
  • 11McClean
  • 19PowellSubstituted forKeaneat 45'minutes
  • 16McArthur

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 4Shotton
  • 9Holt
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 21Ramis
  • 31Keane
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
18,336

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

Booking

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

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

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

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

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

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

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.

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

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

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

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.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris McCann.

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

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

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

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

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

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

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

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

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

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

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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