Mad finish at Reading sees Latics beaten again

Nick Powell back on the scoresheet for Latics

Even with Nick Powell back in the starting 11, Wigan Athletic failed to end their hoodoo on the road, going down 3-2 in a crazy finish at Reading.

After month's of injury woe, the manager had the opportunity to start with Powell, Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs for the first time since August and it was Jacobs' perfect cross which set up Powell for the opener after 20 minutes.

A niggly first half saw Wigan produce the better chances, with some great counter-attacking football seeing Jacobs and Morsy both go close.

But, right on the stroke of half time, Chey Dunkley fouled Danny Loader right on the edge of the penalty area and from the resulting free kick John Swift fired perfectly passed Jamie Jones.

Undeterred though, Wigan came out ready for the fight in the second half, with Nick Powell running the show for the visitors and it was his overhead kick which set up Joe Garner to fire home their second, after good work from Massey.

Powell drew a point blank save from Reading keeper Emiliano Martinez before being replaced by Leon Clarke and Morsy's stunning strike 15 minutes from time made the keeper work hard again.

But then came the finale no one saw coming. First, after capitalising on a dropball in the 89th minute, Mo Barrow exploited space vacated by out of position Reece James to fire home from 25 yards. Then, with seconds of 7 minutes of injury time left, unmarked Yakou Meite turned in a corner at the back post to extend Paul Cook's problems on the road.

The result leaves Wigan without an away win in 199 days, 3 points above the relegation zone ahead of Tuesday's trip to Blackburn.

Here's the manager Paul Cook. 

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