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Wigan Athletic 2-2 Reading

Reading's Shaun Cummings
Shaun Cummings scored the first goal of his career for Reading

James McArthur's stoppage-time goal earned Wigan a point from a thrilling encounter with Reading.

Callum McManaman put the hosts in front before the break when he took advantage of a deflection.

But Reading turned the game on its head with two goals in five minutes from Shaun Cummings - the first of his career - and Sean Morrison.

Wigan refused to give in and Scotland midfielder McArthur nodded home from close range in a frantic finish.

Both sides are looking to get back to the Premier League after failing to return at the first attempt last season.

They each have managers embarking on their first full campaigns in charge and Wigan's Uwe Rosler handed four players their debuts.

After surviving a nervous opening, when Scott Carson produced a tremendous save to deny Reading debutant Ryan Edwards, and Oriel Riera prodded against the frame of his own goal, McManaman seized on a loose ball to put Wigan in front.

Reading took command in the second-half.

Cummings rifled home the first goal of his 118-game professional career from 25 yards, then Nick Blackman hit the bar before Morrison headed home from close range.

Reading's fans celebrated as though victory was theirs. But their cheers were silenced in the third minute of injury-time as McArthur latched onto a long ball to snatch a point.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler: "Today I had four or five players on from the start who did not play a full part in pre-season. We did not have the energy or the power to compete in the second-half.

"But they tried to run down the clock. It gave us an invitation and we used it.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "I am sick we haven't won the game but I am looking at it in a totally positive manner. We have a very young, hungry, ambitious group of players and we want to play in a manner we've demonstrated today."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 30Kiernan
  • 3TaylorBooked at 74minsSubstituted forFortunéat 81'minutes
  • 24Perch
  • 17Boyce
  • 19CowieSubstituted forTavernierat 72'minutes
  • 16McArthur
  • 14Huws
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forMaloneyat 64'minutes
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 15McManaman

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Ramis
  • 10Maloney
  • 20Fyvie
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 32Fortuné

Reading

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 6Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 24CummingsBooked at 58mins
  • 11Obita
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forCoxat 60'minutes
  • 22Blackman
  • 15Hector
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 17EdwardsSubstituted forGuthrieat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Guthrie
  • 10Cox
  • 16Akpan
  • 20McCarthy
  • 27Tanner
  • 28Kuhl
  • 37Stacey
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
12,174

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamReading
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Reading 2. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oriol Riera with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by James Perch.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by James Tavernier.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by James Tavernier.

  11. Post update

    Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

  16. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic).