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Reading 0-3 Wigan Athletic: Latics win away again at the Madejski Stadium

Wales international Kieffer Moore hit his fourth goal in Wigan's last five away games
Wales international Kieffer Moore hit his fourth goal in Wigan's last five away games

Wigan Athletic capped a dramatic couple of nights at the foot of the Championship table as they won at Reading to claim a second away victory in three games.

Just 24 hours after bottom club Luton Town beat Brentford, Barnsley matched that by winning at Hull - and Wigan became the third occupants of the bottom three to also capture maximum points.

Kieffer Moore set the Latics on their way on 23 minutes when he met Nathan Byrne's speculative right-wing cross with an astonishingly cheeky finish, coolly finding the bottom left corner with a stunning flick from the right corner of the six-yard box.

Jamal Lowe then made the points safe when he found the bottom right corner from a set-piece on 67 minutes, before a third goal from Michael Jacobs in the ninth minute of stoppage time caused by a bad injury to late substitute Chey Dunkley.

But the gloss was taken off Wigan's win by the suspected broken leg suffered by big defender Dunkley in a collision - just minutes after coming on. He was finally stretchered off following lengthy treatment before being taken straight to hospital.

Wigan, who have now suffered just one defeat in seven Championship matches, remain 22nd in the table.

They have now moved up level on points with 21st-placed Middlesbrough but now face a tough trip to leaders West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Wigan's third successive away game without defeat atoned for their 3-1 loss to Reading in late November when they led 1-0 with 11 minutes left only to get hit by a stunning five-minute George Puscas hat-trick.

A ninth league win of the campaign for Paul Cook's side lifts them to within five points of Reading, who suddenly now look far from safe in 16th, like a host of other sides in the lower half of the Championship table.

Reading's fifth home game without victory is their longest winless stretch at the Madejski Stadium since a five-match run last season. And the next visitors to Berkshire this Saturday are another resurgent relegation-battling outfit, Barnsley.

Reading boss Mark Bowen:

"That was tough to take, very much so, I'm quite staggered at the moment at what I just witnessed. I've no fears about relegation. But it was certainly a wake-up call.

"Three months I've been here and I've spent many times giving the lads pats on the back. And rightly so. But this is one of those times when it was just unacceptable.

"My job is to take this club forward and I will endeavour to do that, with the last breath in my body. But we were outbattled, outplayed and out-everythinged.

"The players didn't work hard enough to make things work. You need work, desire, application and braveness. But we didn't have any of that. There just seemed a casualness about our mentality."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"It doesn't look good for Chey. It looks like he's broken his leg.A very strong team performance has really been marred by an injury to a fantastic lad, a good kid and a popular member of our dressing room.

"I'm delighted to win but it's very difficult to have much emotion other than sadness at the moment. It would have been a happy journey back - but it can't be now.

"We're doing well at the minute, that's there for everyone to see. You can see the confidence in our players. We passed well, created numerous chances and thoroughly deserved to win.

"I just wish we were going back home with all the players on the bus and Chey in the middle of it. The injury to him has just knocked me sideways."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17YiadomBooked at 26mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 27Richards
  • 20Araruna HoffmannSubstituted forOliseat 45'minutes
  • 29Tuncará GomesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forAdamat 45'minutes
  • 10Swift
  • 14Ejaria
  • 19MeiteBooked at 78mins
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 21Olise
  • 24Blackett
  • 25Masika
  • 26Adam
  • 47Puscas

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2ByrneBooked at 62mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 37Balogun
  • 12Pearce
  • 5Morsy
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forDunkleyat 88'minutes
  • 9Lowe
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forEvansat 65'minutes
  • 11MasseySubstituted forJacobsat 79'minutes
  • 19Moore

Substitutes

  • 7Pilkington
  • 8Evans
  • 14Garner
  • 17Jacobs
  • 22Dunkley
  • 27Mlakar
  • 29Gyollai
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
10,088

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 3.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Wigan Athletic 3. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Pearce.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Pearce.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yakou Meite with a headed pass.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs tries a through ball, but Kieffer Moore is caught offside.

Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Olise (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Cheyenne Dunkley replaces Joe Williams.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

Offside, Reading. Rafael Cabral tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Pearce with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jamal Lowe.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Gavin Massey.

Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Booking

Yakou Meite (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Michael Olise (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieffer Moore with a headed pass.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

Attempt saved. Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom351912464362869
2Leeds35198850302065
3Fulham35179949371260
4Nottm Forest351611846331359
5Brentford351681157312656
6Preston35168114940956
7Bristol City35158124951-253
8Blackburn3514101150401052
9Swansea351312104443151
10Millwall35121494039150
11Cardiff35121494848050
12Sheff Wed35139134541448
13QPR35137155359-646
14Birmingham351210134552-746
15Derby351112124348-545
16Reading35119154141042
17Hull35118164854-641
18Charlton35109164449-539
19Huddersfield35109164156-1539
20Stoke35115194353-1038
21Middlesbrough35813143445-1137
22Wigan35910163750-1337
23Barnsley35810174258-1634
24Luton35103224270-2833
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