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Wigan Athletic 2-2 Leicester City

Dean Hammond

Dean Hammond's first Leicester goal rescued a dramatic draw for the Championship leaders at Wigan, keeping the Foxes' chances of returning to the Premier League this weekend alive.

Wigan took the lead through Ivan Ramis's header but Andy King replied.

Rob Kiernan's header looked to have won it for the Latics, but Hammond struck with three minutes left.

Leicester could go up if they beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday and QPR and Derby both drop points on Saturday.

In order for the Foxes to secure promotion, third-placed QPR must lose at Bournemouth and Derby, in fourth, must fail to beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Hammond's goal extended Leicester's unbeaten run in the Championship to 20 games and they now hold a 16-point lead over QPR and a 17-point lead over Derby with seven games remaining.

Should Leicester win their next game, Derby fail to win and Harry Redknapp's side draw at his former club, Nigel Pearson's team will be 18 points ahead with six games left and only 18 points available. The Foxes currently hold a goal difference of 37 to QPR's 15, which would put them in an extremely strong position to get promoted.

In keeping with their run of form, 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.

After going close three times, Wigan's persistence finally paid off in the 37th minute when Jordi Gomez floated in an inviting free-kick from the left that Ramis powerfully headed past Kasper Schmeichel from 10 yards.

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

Schmeichel was in action again 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 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.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler: "There's no question in my mind that Leicester will go up. I think if we continue like this we will end up in the play-offs.

"That was one of the best games I've seen in the Championship this season, I think two quality teams played each other and both were here to win.

"I felt the intensity and the tempo was very high. One of the reasons why Leicester are up there is they play a very high pressing game they are an intense, very fit team and we matched that today over 90 minutes."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson on his team winning promotion: "I'm not taking anything for granted.

"We are still on track if we do it at home we do it at home, if we do it away from home we do it away from home, I'm not bothered as long as we do it.

"It was another good night for us any positive result for us tonight would've put us in a slightly stronger position and that's what we've done."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 3Crainey
  • 30Kiernan
  • 21Ramis
  • 17Boyce
  • 16McArthur
  • 14Gómez García-PencheBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMcEachranat 79'minutes
  • 19PowellSubstituted forFortunéat 66'minutes
  • 29MaynardSubstituted forMcCleanat 56'minutes
  • 34Collison

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 4McEachran
  • 10Maloney
  • 11McClean
  • 15McManaman
  • 25Barnett
  • 32Fortuné

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 7HammondBooked at 37mins
  • 18Moore
  • 5Morgan
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forMahrezat 60'minutes
  • 10King
  • 39WoodSubstituted forPhillipsat 73'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 60'minutes
  • 11Dyer

Substitutes

  • 4Drinkwater
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 23Miquel
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
15,025

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home24
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Leicester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Leicester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Kevin Phillips is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Leicester City 2. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  11. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joshua McEachran replaces Jordi Gómez.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester39268574373786
2Burnley392213464333179
3QPR392010948331570
4Derby392091069452469
5Wigan3918101153391464
6Reading3916121160461460
7Nottm Forest39141695648858
8Ipswich391513115144758
9Brighton391512124236657
10Bournemouth391510145355-255
11Blackburn391314125253-153
12Watford3813131260471352
13Middlesbrough391116124943649
14Sheff Wed391212154847148
15Leeds39138185259-747
16Huddersfield391210175054-446
17Bolton391015145055-545
18Doncaster391110183557-2243
19Blackpool391012173354-2142
20Birmingham391010194959-1040
21Charlton37911172747-2038
22Barnsley38811193865-2735
23Millwall39712203769-3233
24Yeovil39711213762-2532
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