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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Jordi Gomez

Late goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez helped Wigan snatch victory over Charlton and extended their fine run under Uwe Rosler.

The Latics have lost twice in 13 matches under the German, but Marvin Sordell threatened to inflict a rare defeat when he put Charlton ahead.

Reza Ghoochannejhad also struck the bar for the visitors in the opening half.

But substitute Fortune finished smartly two minutes from time, and Gomez won it with an injury-time free-kick.

Wigan's victory extended an impressive run of home form to seven matches without defeat, and moved them 10th in the Championship table, seven points adrift of the play-off positions.

Charlton, who remain in the relegation zone, will feel hard done by after starting impressively.

Just three minutes had elapsed when Sordell raced onto a through-ball from midfielder Johnnie Jackson to beat Ali Al-Habsi with a cool finish.

Callum McManaman led the home response and went close twice, before Ghoochannejhad was denied by an Al-Habsi parry and rattled the crossbar soon after.

McManaman, who was busy throughout, curled against the bar himself before the break and it was his effort early in the second period which allowed Nicky Maynard to prod the ball home, only for the offside flag to deny him.

Rosler's side had lost three league games in a row before his arrival, and it was his introduction of Fortune and recent loan signing Josh McEachran that proved significant.

Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce went close for the FA Cup holders and Leon Barnett headed over when well placed for the Addicks, but McEachran's exquisite pass saw Fortune slot the equaliser.

And there was to be one final twist when Gomez hit a superb free-kick from 20 yards that Charlton goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien could not keep out.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"Sometimes you need a bit of luck, and we got that with the substitutions.

"I didn't want to go long ball. The temptation is to do that, and we don't have the players to do that.

"For me, the only way we were going to come back into the game was by playing football, and that's the reason I made the changes I did."

Charlton boss Chris Powell:

"It's tough to take. It was such a brave performance, we put our bodies on the line.

"Being 1-0 up for so long, and having put in a performance that was so committed and diligent, it looked like it was going to be our day.

"When it gets to that stage of the game, you're looking to just see it out. Sadly it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 22BeausejourBooked at 45mins
  • 8Watson
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 15McManaman
  • 16McArthurSubstituted forGómez García-Pencheat 74'minutes
  • 29MaynardSubstituted forFortunéat 57'minutes
  • 7McCannSubstituted forMcEachranat 57'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 4McEachran
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 18Espinoza
  • 31Browning
  • 32Fortuné

Charlton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 25Nego
  • 16WigginsSubstituted forLennonat 8'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 39Poyet
  • 5Morrison
  • 15Wood
  • 24Cousins
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forDerviteat 81'minutes
  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 10SordellSubstituted forPritchardat 73'minutes
  • 4Jackson

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 9Church
  • 13Phillips
  • 14Pritchard
  • 31Lennon
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
14,341

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home28
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joshua McEachran with a through ball.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Leon Barnett.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yohann Thuram.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Wood.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Loïc Nego.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Dorian Dervite replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.