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Swansea City 2-2 Wigan Athletic: Mike van der Hoorn goal earns draw for Swans

By Michael PearlmanBBC Sport Wales at Liberty Stadium
Mike van der Hoorn scores Swansea City's equaliser
Mike van der Hoorn rescued a point for Swansea against Wigan Athletic

Swansea City fought back to rescue a point as Wigan's winless run in the Championship continued.

Wigan came into the game on the back of four successive defeats but were in control at the interval thanks to a double from Joe Garner

The striker scored from the penalty spot and headed home from a corner.

However, Swansea responded and scored two goals from corners themselves as Mike van der Hoorn blasted home on 82 minutes after Dan Burn's own goal.

The Latics stay 19th in the Championship while Swansea remain 13th despite having lost five of their past eight.

If Paul Cook's side were lacking in confidence you would never have known as they started confidently.

The Latics scored with the first chance created by either side, but it was the Swans, rather than their opponents who fashioned the opening.

Wigan Athletic's Joe Garner
Joe Garner took his season's tally to three goals with a brace at Swansea

There was little danger as Swansea dealt with a routine pass but Cameron Carter-Vickers' sliced clearance caused panic in the Swans box and makeshift defender Wayne Routledge clipped Kai Naismith, with referee James Linington quick to award a penalty that was calmly converted by Garner.

The visitors might have doubled their advantage through Lee Evans' fierce volley, with the Wales international instrumental for the visitors, while the Swans looked unsure of their system and found now cohesion going forward.

Wigan should have been clear before their second, with Kai Naismith denied at point-blank range by Erwin Mulder, but that only provided the briefest respite, because though Swansea just about scrambled clear the resulting corner, they could not repel the next one, with Garner firmly nodding home unopposed.

Boos and chants were directed at boss Graham Potter for the first time by the home faithful with Wigan full value for their half time lead.

The Swans made two changes at half time and improved with Daniel James, Bersant Celina and Oli McBurnie all testing Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton searching for a response, but each time Walton was equal to the task before a huge slice of luck for the Swans when Dan Burn deflected Matt Grimes' corner into his own net.

That gave Swansea a foothold back into the game and they might even have won it through Carter-Vickers right at the death after exerting huge pressure once van der Hoorn smashed home from a corner on 81 minutes that Wigan felt should never have been given.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter:

"I take full responsibility for the first half, we weren't able to be ourselves and it was an uncomfortable 45 minutes.

"I had an idea of how we wanted to play, but it didn't work. I am disappointed with myself and I apologise to the players and to the supporters for the first half.

"We wanted to have width with Wayne Routledge and Dan James as we thought Wigan would block the centre of the pitch.

"But the response in the second half was fantastic and our supporters throughout the game were incredible. They got behind us in an amazing way and we could even have nicked all three points."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"It was a good game. We were excellent first half and Swansea were excellent in the second half. At the end of the day I think a draw was a fair result.

"At half-time we were in the ascendancy and I could only see ourselves winning the game, but before the game, of course, we would have taken a point.

"Our lads are very disappointed, but they should take heart from this.

"It's disappointing to concede from two set-pieces, but we couldn't handle Swansea's substitutes."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 3-5-2

  • 25Mulder
  • 5van der HoornBooked at 90mins
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 50HarriesSubstituted forMonteroat 45'minutes
  • 15Routledge
  • 27FultonSubstituted forBonyat 76'minutes
  • 21GrimesBooked at 40mins
  • 10Celina
  • 20James
  • 9McBurnie
  • 46Baker-RichardsonSubstituted forNaughtonat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 2Bony
  • 7Montero
  • 19McKay
  • 22Rodon
  • 26Naughton
  • 28Byers

Wigan

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Walton
  • 12JamesBooked at 42minsSubstituted forByrneat 61'minutes
  • 21Kipre
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Burn
  • 4GibsonSubstituted forConnollyat 80'minutes
  • 11MasseyBooked at 66mins
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 90mins
  • 20NaismithBooked at 88mins
  • 41GarnerSubstituted forVaughanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 9Grigg
  • 10Windass
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
18,591

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Mike van der Hoorn following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

    Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

  13. Post update

    James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Booking

    Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442241851
2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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