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Latics pick up a point at Birmingham

Nick Powell with a deserved leveller for Wigan

Wigan Athletic ended their away campaign with a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Birmingham City.

Having made seven changes to the team that beat Preston on Monday, Paul Cook might have been regretting his decision after just 2 minutes, when the home side took the lead. Jonas Olsen struggled to track the run of Lukas Jutkiewicz and the Blues captain fired past Jamie Jones to make it 1-0.

From that point on though, Wigan had much the better of the play in the first half. Joe Garner had a penalty appeal turned down, before having a shot blocked on the line, while Nick Powell trickled a shot across the face of the goal. Finally though the pressure paid off and Latics were level on the stroke of half time, when Powell's 20 yard shot was deflected past Lee Camp to make it 1-1.

At half time, 16 year old Joe Gelhardt replaced the injured Josh Windass and his fresh legs helped Wigan maintain the pressure, with Garner again going close from inside the 6 yard box in the early exchanges.

With little to play for for either team as far as league positions go, the second half petered out disappointingly, but Wigan will be delighted to end their away campaign with a win and a draw.

Reaction from Latics' assistant boss Leam Richardson. 

Debutants Joe Gelhardt and Jenson Weir talked to us at full time. 

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