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Reading 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan beat Reading at the Madejski
Wigan kept their ninth league clean sheet of the season to overcome Reading

Jason Pearce scored on his Wigan debut to earn his side victory at Reading, a first win since December.

The central defender turned home from close range after Adam Federici fumbled Leon Clarke's header.

Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi made first-half saves from Garath McCleary and Nathaniel Chalobah before Hal Robson-Kanu headed wide after the interval.

Alex Pearce hacked off the line for the home side late on as Wigan held out and they are now six points from safety.

The Latics are still second from bottom but manager Malky Mackay will welcome just his second league win in 14 attempts since taking charge in November.

His side had won just once in 17 games in all competitions before kick off and looked in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table along with Blackpool, who are 10 points behind 21st-placed Brighton.

For Reading, defeat will come as a reality check after their win over Derby County on Saturday, which set up an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Bradford.

Steve Clarke's side started well at the Madejski Stadium and Pearce had a header scrambled off the line by Wigan's Mark Antoine-Fortune.

But Federici dawdled on a backpass and was forced to concede a corner, which led to his poor punch and Pearce's straight-forward finish.

Pearce joined from Leeds in January as Mackay continued to overhaul the squad he inherited from Uwe Rosler but it was the long-serving Al Habsi who provided resistance as Reading pushed.

Al Habsi stood in the way of McCleary and Chalobah before making an excellent stop when Oliver Norwood smashed a free-kick from range.

Wigan sat deep to defend their lead but threatened again late on and when James McClean's cross was almost turned into his own net by Jordan Obita but Reading centre-back Pearce intervened to prevent a second.

Reading manager Steve Clarke: "That was rubbish. I've no idea why so it's something I've got to look long and hard at.

"I need to find a different way to play at home. Maybe I need to change the team a bit. Our home performances and our away performances just don't relate to each other.

"It's very frustrating and I've got to be honest that tonight was a little bit embarrassing."

Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay: "It was a thoroughly deserved win against a very good team. To win and to win the way we did, I was really delighted.

"It's a brand new group I've got now. Twelve players have left and eight have come in in the last three weeks.

"I'm now looking at some real warriors there now. The gap has closed and there's still a lot of points to play for. That group of players certainly don't look as though they're down and out."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Chalobah
  • 5PearceBooked at 90mins
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forAkpanat 83'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 67'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10CoxSubstituted forAiyegbeniat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Akpan
  • 19Mackie
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 22Blackman
  • 29Travner
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper

Wigan

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 28PearceBooked at 61mins
  • 4Maguire
  • 3TaylorBooked at 85mins
  • 18OjoBooked at 70minsSubstituted forWaghornat 73'minutes
  • 36Kvist
  • 8HerdBooked at 48minsSubstituted forKimat 54'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11McClean
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMckayat 81'minutes
  • 21ClarkeBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 10Mckay
  • 16Kim
  • 20Bong
  • 33Waghorn
  • 37Flores
  • 46Robles
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,601

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ali Al Habsi.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kim Bo-Kyung.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Booking

    Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth31178665323359
2Derby31178661313059
3Middlesbrough30178548202859
4Ipswich31169650311957
5Watford31175963372656
6Norwich31158859362353
7Brentford31164114642452
8Wolves3113993840-248
9Blackburn311110104141043
10Nottm Forest311011104746141
11Sheff Wed3191392328-540
12Leeds31108133340-738
13Birmingham30911103241-938
14Huddersfield31108134153-1238
15Cardiff31910123844-637
16Bolton31107144048-837
17Reading31107143546-1137
18Charlton3171593141-1036
19Fulham31105164455-1135
20Rotherham31713113241-934
21Brighton31613123239-731
22Millwall3179152848-2030
23Wigan31510162842-1425
24Blackpool3149182760-3321
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