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Wigan Athletic 2-2 Southampton

2013-02-02 17:21:21, Views: 18, Clubcall

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino was denied his first win as Saints boss by Shaun Maloney's 89th-minute equaliser on a dramatic afternoon at the DW.

There was a lack of goalmouth action in a dire first half but Wigan took the lead in the 26th minute against the run of play from a corner. The ball was swung in towards the unmarked Gary Caldwell who powered a header past Artur Boruc to give the Latics the advantage.

The first chance of the game had gone to Southampton. Rickie Lambert played a good ball over the top to Gaston Ramirez in acres of space and he had the time to take a touch but blazed over the bar.

Franco Di Santo forced Boruc into a fine save early on, while the Saints came close to levelling when Morgan Schneiderlin blocked a clearance from James McCarthy, but Ali Al-Habsi made a smart stop.

Southampton ended the first half in the ascendancy but were unable to really test Al-Habsi.

The visitors continued to dominate after the break and levelled in the 64th minute, Jack Cork crossing for Lambert to bravely head home.

They pressed for a winner and struck again with five minutes to go, breaking from a Wigan corner. Substitute James Ward-Prowse ran 50 yards with the ball and found Jay Rodriguez, who in turn slid the ball through to Schneiderlin to sidefoot home.

Wigan seemed down and out but rescued a point right at the death, Maloney sweeping home a Paul Scharner knockdown. However, they remain in the bottom three, still two points from safety.



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