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Wigan Athletic are still looking for their first home win of the season after being held 2-2 by Stoke City at the DW.
Latics started brightly and made the perfect start, taking the lead inside 5 minutes. After good work by Franco Di Santo, James McCarthy’s shot clearly struck Robert Huth’s arm in the box, and Shaun Maloney fired home the resulting penalty.
Picking up where they’d left off against Nottingham Forest and Southampton, the home side looked comfortable stroking the ball around, and containing any threat Stoke posed.
But with Jean Beausejour limping off injured for Wigan, and Charlie Adams’ introduction for Stoke, Tony Pulis’ side upped their game and got back into the match from the penalty spot. Maynor Figueroa was adjudged to have handled in the box, and Jonathan Walters converted from 12 yards, 5 minutes before half time.
The goal didn’t knock Wigan off their stride though, and they were back in front 3 minutes into the second half. Franco Di Santo broke quickly setting Arouna Kone free and as the Ivorian pushed forward he teed Di Santo up with a perfect return ball, and the Argentine stroked the ball past Begovic.
While Wigan continued to play the better football, Stoke continued to look threatening and eventually the pressure tolled, as Peter Crouch levelled the game at 2-2, heading home a Walter’s cross from 6 yards out.