Jordi Gomez scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a memorable hat-trick and earn Wigan a dramatic victory over Reading at the DW Stadium.

Sean Morrison's first league goal had given the Royals the lead before Gomez levelled after Adam Federici had spilled his initial shot.

Gomez headed the hosts 2-1 ahead before Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi allowed Hal Robson-Kanu's shot to bounce off him into the net to make it 2-2.

Martinez delighted with last minute win

But Gomez hit the winner from 10 yards.

The Spanish midfielder was making his first league start for two months and his treble ensured chairman Dave Whelan celebrated his 76th birthday in style.

It brought Wigan's two-match losing run to an end while Reading, who had secured a comeback win over Everton last week, were crestfallen at the end.

They will argue they should have had a penalty for a challenge by Latics full-back Maynor Figueroa on Jay Tabb, but Reading's appeals were waved away by referee Howard Webb.

Nevertheless Wigan, with several key players absent through injury including skipper Gary Caldwell, were full value for the points.

Hat-trick delight for Gomez

Jordi Gomez becomes only the second Spaniard to score a Premier League hat-trick. The first? Fernando Torres

There was no evidence of the drama to come when Latics striker Arouna Kone headed Jean Beausejour's cross wide while unmarked from six yards out.

And it looked like being a frustrating afternoon for Kone and his team-mates when the Ivory Coast striker rounded Reading keeper Adam Federici following Gomez's defence-splitting pass only for Nicky Shorey to clear his effort off the line.

Having prevented his side from falling behind, Shorey then whipped in a free-kick which allowed Morrison, 21, to head the visitors ahead in the 35th minute.

Wigan brought on Franco Di Santo at the start of the second half and the substitute set up Gomez for a 58th-minute equaliser after keeper Federici had failed to hold on to his initial shot.

Analysis

"A dramatic end to a game high in drama. Jordi Gomez will get the headlines for his hat-trick but Reading will feel they should have come away with a point after having a strong penalty appeal waved away."

Gomez, who was jeered early in the game for some poor touches, then made it 2-1 with a clever header after meeting Beausejour's cross - but the drama was only just beginning.

With time running out, Reading were gifted an equaliser when the usually reliant Al Habsi somehow let Robson-Kanu's speculative effort bounce off him into the net.

But the Royals dropped back into the relegation zone after former Barcelona youth player Gomez helped ease Al Habsi's embarrassment by finishing from 10 yards after clever work by Kone deep into stoppage time to the delight of the home support.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:

"Nobody deserved a hat-trick more than Jordi.

McDermott wants Reading to be 'ruthless'

"The crowd were too vocal against him and I hope that they realise that the only thing Jordi does is give his life for Wigan Athletic and to win football games.

"I hope we all realise that and he gets a bit of warmth the next time he's on the pitch."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

"I think if the referee had given the penalty on Jay Tabb we would have gone on to win the game.

"Someone of Howard Webb's experience and quality, you would have expected him to get that one right.

"But when you're 2-2 in the 92nd minute and we've got the ball, you've got to make sure you see the game out."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Wigan

  • 26 Al Habsi
  • 17 Boyce
  • 21 Ramis (Lopez - 49' )
  • 23 Stam
  • 31 Figueroa
  • 04 McCarthy Booked
  • 06 Jones Booked (McArthur - 83' )
  • 10 Maloney (Di Santo - 46' )
  • 14 Gomez
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 02 Kone

Substitutes

  • 12 Pollitt
  • 24 Lopez
  • 16 McArthur
  • 20 Fyvie
  • 09 Di Santo
  • 15 McManaman
  • 19 Boselli

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Gunter
  • 03 Shorey
  • 15 Morrison
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 16 Tabb (McCleary - 73' )
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 33 Roberts (Pogrebnyak - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 41 Taylor
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 10 Hunt
  • 12 McCleary
Ref: H Webb
Att: 15,436

Match Stats

Shots

19 16

On target

11 10

Corners

9 5

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:53 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:12

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

90:00 +1:52

Assist (pass) by Arouna Kone (Wigan) from left side of penalty area.

90:00 +1:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordi Gomez - Wigan 3 - 2 Reading Goal by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) right-footed (top-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Wigan 3-2 Reading.

90:00 +1:26

Attacking throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

90:00 +0:54

Handball by Arouna Kone (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +0:05

Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), save (caught) by Adam Federici (Reading).

89:00

Cross by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

88:28

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

88:00

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) on James McArthur (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, passed.

87:26

Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

85:59

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) on Garath McCleary (Reading). Free kick taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey (Reading) from right wing, header by Sean Morrison (Reading) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

85:30

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan) on Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) from own half, passed.

84:49

Shot by Garath McCleary (Reading) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

84:31

Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

84:02

Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

83:35

Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

83:01

Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Reading substitution: Jason Roberts replaced by Pavel Pogrebnyak (tactical).

82:07 Substitution

Substitution James McArthur on for David Jones.

82:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Maynor Figueroa.

80:07

Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jean Beausejour. Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Adam Federici. Blocked by Sean Morrison.

79:07

Assist by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) from centre of penalty area.

79:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Ali Al Habsi - Wigan 2 - 2 Reading Own goal by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) (top-left of goal) from own half (6 yards).Wigan 2-2 Reading.

78:14

Shot by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Jordi Gomez (Wigan).

77:33

Shot by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Adam Federici (Reading).

76:28

Cross by Garath McCleary (Reading), shot by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

76:05

Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Adam Le Fondre (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) from right channel, passed.

75:50

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

75:16

Attacking throw-in by Arouna Kone (Wigan).

75:04

Defending throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

74:32

Shot by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

73:37

Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

73:05

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

72:26

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Reading substitution: Jay Tabb replaced by Garath McCleary (tactical).

71:42

Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading). Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

71:31

Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

69:46

Pass corner from right by-line taken by Nicky Shorey (Reading) to short, clearance by Ronnie Stam (Wigan). Attacking throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

69:29

Defending throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

68:55

Cross by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

68:33

Attacking throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

67:17

Assist (cross) by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) from left wing.

67:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordi Gomez - Wigan 2 - 1 Reading headed goal by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Wigan 2-1 Reading.

67:14

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan),

66:44

Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

66:29

Jean Beausejour (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

64:57

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) on Jean Beausejour (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from left wing, passed.

64:11

Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), clearance by Adrian Lopez (Wigan).

64:02

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan), clearance by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

63:07

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

62:45

Attacking throw-in by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).

62:21

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

61:53

Header by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

61:15

Foul by Adrian Lopez (Wigan) on Jason Roberts (Reading). Free kick taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey (Reading) from right wing, resulting in open play.

60:21

Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan). Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), clearance by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

59:56

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

59:51

Defending throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

59:34

Shot by Ronnie Stam (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Adam Federici (Reading).

57:25

Assist (cross) by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) from left wing.

57:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordi Gomez - Wigan 1 - 1 Reading Goal scored by Jordi Gomez from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Reading.

56:58

Franco Di Santo sends in a cross, Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

56:44

Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), save (punched) by Adam Federici (Reading). Attacking throw-in by James McCarthy (Wigan).

56:15

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Sean Morrison (Reading).

55:24

Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), clearance by Adrian Lopez (Wigan).

54:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) to near post, clearance by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).

54:14

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

53:46

Attacking throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

53:28

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

52:53

Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

52:02

Arouna Kone (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

51:37

Jean Beausejour (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

50:57

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Reading) on Ronnie Stam (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by David Jones (Wigan) from right wing, passed.

50:25

Foul by Jay Tabb (Reading) on Jordi Gomez (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Adrian Lopez (Wigan) from own half, passed.

49:50

Attacking throw-in by Arouna Kone (Wigan).

49:30

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

49:14

Shot by Jason Roberts (Reading) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.

48:48

Foul by Adrian Lopez (Wigan) on Jason Roberts (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) from left channel, passed.

48:20

Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

48:11

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

48:02 Substitution

Substitution Wigan substitution: Ivan Ramis replaced by Adrian Lopez (injury).

47:32

Cross by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), shot by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) volleyed left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

47:19

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

46:50

Shot by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ivan Ramis (Wigan).

46:13

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) on Ivan Ramis (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by James McCarthy (Wigan) from right channel, passed.

45:33

Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped round post) by Adam Federici (Reading). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Jones (Wigan) to near post, clearance by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wigan substitution: Shaun Maloney replaced by Franco Di Santo (injury).

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:58

Defending throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

45:00 +1:42

Defending throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

45:00 +1:19

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan), clearance by Sean Morrison (Reading).

45:00 +0:09

Handball by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Ramis (Wigan) from own half, passed.

44:18

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) on Jean Beausejour (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.

44:02

Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

43:42

Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Gunter (Reading) from right wing, passed.

43:42 Booking

Booking David Jones (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:35

Foul by David Jones (Wigan) on Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

43:13

Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

42:41

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

42:24

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

41:46

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Jones (Wigan) to far post, clearance by Sean Morrison (Reading).

41:23

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

39:42

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

38:27

Shot by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

37:43

Attacking throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

37:07

Cross by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), blocked by Jordi Gomez (Wigan). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) to far post, clearance by Arouna Kone (Wigan).

36:24

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

35:55

Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), header by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

34:16

Nicky Shorey provided the assist for the goal.

34:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Morrison - Wigan 0 - 1 Reading headed goal by Sean Morrison (Reading) (top-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Wigan 0-1 Reading.

33:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Hal Robson-Kanu. Nicky Shorey delivers the ball,

31:16

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

29:52

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan), shot by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) volleyed left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

29:29

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

29:01

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

28:18

Foul by Ivan Ramis (Wigan) on Adam Le Fondre (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Sean Morrison (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

27:49

Shot by David Jones (Wigan) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Sean Morrison (Reading).

27:02

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading) on Shaun Maloney (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Ramis (Wigan) from own half, passed.

25:43

Free kick taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) from left channel, passed. Shot by Nicky Shorey (Reading) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (fumbled) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

25:43 Booking

Booking James McCarthy (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.

25:38

Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

24:38

Attacking throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

24:10

Defending throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

24:05

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

23:39

Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

23:16

Shot by James McCarthy (Wigan) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), clearance by Chris Gunter (Reading).

23:07

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

22:26

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:10

Shot from 18 yards from Jay Tabb. Blocked by James McCarthy.

21:43

Attacking throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

20:50

Shot by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) to far post, save (punched) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

20:17

Arouna Kone (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

19:44

Jordi Gomez (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Federici (Reading) from own half, resulting in open play.

18:08

Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay Tabb (Reading) from left channel, passed. Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), header by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

17:21

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Nicky Shorey (Reading) to centre, header by Adam Le Fondre (Reading) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

16:38

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) on Jobi McAnuff (Reading). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay Tabb (Reading) from right wing, passed.

16:17

Defending throw-in by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

15:54

Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), clearance by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

15:09

Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), clearance by Chris Gunter (Reading). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, resulting in open play.

14:35

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

14:10

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

13:27

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

12:45

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

12:06

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

11:55

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan), header by Arouna Kone (Wigan) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

11:42

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) on Jean Beausejour (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ivan Ramis (Wigan) from own half, passed.

9:53

Foul by David Jones (Wigan) on Jay Tabb (Reading). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) from left channel, clearance by David Jones (Wigan). Shot by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

9:15

Cross by Jobi McAnuff (Reading), clearance by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan). Attacking throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

8:29

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

8:16

Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).

7:55

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

7:38

Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

7:29

Attacking throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

7:10

Defending throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

6:25

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading) on Shaun Maloney (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from left channel, passed.

4:33

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

3:59

Foul by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) on Nicky Shorey (Reading). Free kick taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey (Reading) from left wing, resulting in open play.

3:08

Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

2:52

Cross by Jean Beausejour (Wigan), save (parried) by Adam Federici (Reading).

2:15

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

1:54

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

1:27

Defending throw-in by Chris Gunter (Reading).

1:02

Goal kick taken long by Adam Federici (Reading).

0:15

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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