Wigan produced a stirring comeback from two goals down to salvage a late point against newly promoted Doncaster.

The visitors took the lead when Theo Robinson swivelled in the home penalty area before firing past Scott Carson.

Chris Brown doubled their advantage with a near-post header before Wigan's Shaun Maloney curled in a free-kick.

Leon Barnett thrashed in a late leveller but Doncaster almost snatched victory when substitute Billy Paynter hit the woodwork.

Rovers return

Doncaster were making their first league visit to Wigan since December 1996 - when the clubs were both playing in the bottom tier of English football. The Latics cruised to a 4-1 win at their old Springfield Park ground and finished the season as Division Three champions.

FA Cup holders Wigan are highly-fancied to make an instant return to the Premier League after their relegation last season and have shown their intent with a host of impressive summer signings.

But, since a 4-0 opening-day win at Barnsley, their early days in the Championship have been far from straight-forward.

After a shock 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend, Latics boss Owen Coyle stressed the importance of Wigan's home form being the platform for a successful season in the build-up to his first game at the DW Stadium.

But it looked like the Scot, who replaced Everton-bound Roberto Martinez during the close season, was going to suffer defeat against League One champions Doncaster.

The Latics started brightly as they attacked the visitors with a swagger, new signing Grant Holt heading over the crossbar before seeing his instinctive near-post volley parried by Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

Ex-Norwich striker Holt, one of Coyle's most eye-catching signings, was proving a handful and felt he should have been awarded a penalty after he was bundled to the ground by Doncaster right-back Reece Wabara.

Wigan continued to press with Chris McCann slicing through the centre of the Doncaster defence, only to fire straight at Turnbull, before Shaun Maloney's cross-shot deceived the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper to cannon off the post.

But Doncaster took a shock lead when Robinson, who joined from Derby County last week, netted his second goal in as many appearances with a clinical finish. And it got better for the visitors when Brown nodded in Bongani Khumalo's cross from close-range.

Wigan were booed off at half-time and almost conceded a third goal within seconds of the restart when Khumalo crashed a header against the post.

But the home side cranked up the pressure and were handed a lifeline through Maloney's strike after substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune was fouled on the edge of the penalty area.

Doncaster defended for their lives in the final stages and looked set to hold out - but were denied by Barnett's late strike from 12 yards.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle: "I'm disappointed because we lost two sloppy goals after starting really well. We could have, and should have, been in front but we weren't and that allowed them to score.

"Our reaction to the first goal was not good enough for where we want to be as a team. At half-time we spoke about character and desire.

"No manager wants to be 2-0 down and ordinarily you would be happy with a point. But in the second half we created enough chances to win."

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov: "I've got mixed emotions. I'm disappointed not to come away with all three points, but I'm very proud of the performance. To come here, against what I think is one of the best squads in the division, and play like that is excellent.

"We didn't want to come here and sit back. At 2-0 we hit the post and that was a massive turning point because at 3-0 it would have been hard for them to come back - even with the quality they have got.

"Then at 2-2 we hit the bar with a fantastic header from Billy Paynter, so it was certainly exciting for the neutral."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Crainey
  • 17 Boyce
  • 24 Perch
  • 25 Barnett
  • 04 McCarthy
  • 07 McCann (Gomez - 81' )
  • 08 Watson (Fortune - 46' )
  • 09 Holt
  • 10 Maloney
  • 11 McClean (Beausejour - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 14 Gomez
  • 16 McArthur
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 29 Dicko
  • 32 Fortune

Doncaster

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 03 Husband Booked
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Khumalo
  • 32 Wabara (Paynter - 90' )
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 18 Keegan
  • 19 Wellens Booked (Furman - 51' )
  • 26 Coppinger (Quinn - 77' )
  • 09 Brown
  • 22 Robinson Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 02 Quinn
  • 12 McCullough
  • 04 Furman
  • 06 Syers
  • 07 Duffy
  • 08 Paynter
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 14,304

Match Stats

Shots

20 13

On target

7 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:40 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:26

Theo Robinson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:43

Shot by Theo Robinson cleared the bar.

90:00 +1:29

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +1:18

Foul by Jordi Gomez on David Cotterill, free kick awarded.

90:00 +1:03

Header by Billy Paynter strikes the bar.

90:00 +0:54

A cross is delivered by Theo Robinson.

90:00 +0:14 Substitution

Substitution Reece Wabara goes off and Billy Paynter comes on.

89:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Barnett - Wigan 2 - 2 Doncaster Leon Barnett scores a right footed goal. Wigan 2-2 Doncaster.

88:45

Corner taken by Jordi Gomez.

88:15

Shaun Maloney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Bongani Khumalo.

87:19

Paul Quinn restarts play with the free kick.

87:02

James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Reece Wabara.

86:30

Header at goal by Emmerson Boyce goes right of the post.

86:14

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.

85:59

Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Blocked by Rob Jones.

85:22

Booking for Theo Robinson for dissent.

85:22 Booking

Booking

84:54

The ball is crossed by Grant Holt.

84:28

Shot by Stephen Crainey. Ross Turnbull catches the ball.

83:05

Centre by Jean Beausejour.

82:59

James Husband makes a clearance.

82:54

Shaun Maloney delivers the ball.

82:37

Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Dean Furman gets a block in.

82:29

The ball is crossed by Shaun Maloney.

82:03

Clearance by Rob Jones.

81:57

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour.

81:24

The ball is swung over by James Perch.

81:19

Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.

81:12

Chris Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on James Perch.

80:59

Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.

80:42 Substitution

Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Jordi Gomez coming on for Chris McCann.

80:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Dean Furman.

80:14

Clearance by James Perch.

80:10

A cross is delivered by David Cotterill.

79:56

Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.

79:49

Corner taken by David Cotterill.

79:24

Dean Furman takes a shot.

79:14

David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.

78:54

Emmerson Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Robinson.

76:56

James Husband makes a clearance.

76:53

A cross is delivered by Grant Holt.

76:06 Substitution

Substitution James Coppinger goes off and Paul Quinn comes on.

75:42

Shot by David Cotterill missed to the right of the target.

75:32

Clearance by James Perch.

75:27

The ball is delivered by James Coppinger.

74:09

James Coppinger makes a clearance.

73:35

Bongani Khumalo makes a clearance.

73:04

Reece Wabara makes a clearance.

72:37

James Husband crosses the ball in from the free kick.

72:20

Chris McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Robinson.

71:48

Header at goal by Marc-Antoine Fortune goes over the frame of the goal.

71:39

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour.

71:27

David Cotterill manages to make a clearance.

71:19

Jean Beausejour produces a cross.

70:11

Header by Grant Holt misses to the right of the target.

70:05

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.

69:32

Clearance made by Bongani Khumalo.

68:58

Leon Barnett makes a clearance.

65:18

The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.

64:48

Paul Keegan makes a clearance.

64:44

Centre by Stephen Crainey.

64:14

Clearance by Leon Barnett.

64:09

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

63:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Maloney on James Husband.

63:16

Grant Holt sends in a cross.

63:00

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

62:48

James McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

62:40

Unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Paul Keegan results in a free kick.

62:23

Clearance made by Paul Keegan.

62:20

Stephen Crainey sends in a cross.

61:39

James Husband manages to make a clearance.

61:33

The ball is crossed by Marc-Antoine Fortune.

61:09

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

60:54

Shaun Maloney restarts play with the free kick.

60:37

Rob Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt.

60:14

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

60:05 Substitution

Substitution James McClean leaves the field to be replaced by Jean Beausejour.

59:51

James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband.

59:46

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

59:32

A cross is delivered by James McCarthy.

58:46

James McClean sends in a cross.

58:05

David Cotterill takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

57:39

David Cotterill takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

57:29

The ball is swung over by Reece Wabara.

56:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Maloney - Wigan 1 - 2 Doncaster Free kick scored by Shaun Maloney. Wigan 1-2 Doncaster.

55:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rob Jones on Marc-Antoine Fortune.

55:15

Paul Keegan takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

55:05

The ball is crossed by David Cotterill.

55:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Cotterill.

54:47

James Perch makes a clearance.

54:40

James Coppinger crosses the ball.

54:15

Free kick crossed by James Husband.

53:56

Marc-Antoine Fortune concedes a free kick for a foul on James Husband.

53:40

Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.

53:35

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

53:12

Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on James Husband.

51:42

Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Maloney.

51:34

Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.

51:29

James McClean produces a cross.

50:46

James McClean has an effort at goal. Reece Wabara gets a block in.

50:23 Substitution

Substitution Dean Furman is brought on as a substitute for Richie Wellens.

49:26

Reece Wabara manages to make a clearance.

49:18

Corner taken by Shaun Maloney.

49:03

Reece Wabara manages to make a clearance.

49:00

James McClean crosses the ball.

48:30

Leon Barnett makes a clearance.

48:09

Header at goal by Bongani Khumalo hits the post.

47:59

David Cotterill crosses the ball.

47:50

Clearance by James McCarthy.

47:43

Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line.

47:25

Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.

47:22

James Husband crosses the ball.

45:57

Header by Emmerson Boyce goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:41

Corner taken by Shaun Maloney.

45:22

Richie Wellens manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on in place of Ben Watson.

45:00 +5:36 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +5:17

Corner taken by Ben Watson.

45:00 +4:16

Ben Watson takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

45:00 +4:02

The ball is delivered by Emmerson Boyce.

45:00 +2:36

Clearance made by Bongani Khumalo.

45:00 +1:57

James McClean makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:27

Header by James McClean misses to the right of the target.

45:00 +1:17

The ball is delivered by James McCarthy.

45:00 +1:03

Clearance by Bongani Khumalo.

45:00 +0:59

James McCarthy sends in a cross.

44:50

James Perch takes the free kick.

44:40

Unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Chris Brown results in a free kick.

44:11

Shot by Grant Holt went wide of the right-hand upright.

43:54

Grant Holt takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.

43:42

The ball is sent over by Shaun Maloney.

42:21

Assist by Rob Jones.

42:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Brown - Wigan 0 - 2 Doncaster Chris Brown grabs a goal with a headed effort. Wigan 0-2 Doncaster.

42:09

Bongani Khumalo delivers the ball.

41:48

Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line.

41:29

Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.

41:23

The ball is swung over by James Husband.

41:15

Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.

41:11

The ball is swung over by James Husband.

41:02

The ball is sent over by Reece Wabara.

40:34

James Husband makes a clearance.

40:28

The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney.

40:19

Bongani Khumalo makes a clearance.

40:15

Stephen Crainey delivers the ball.

39:02

Richie Wellens manages to make a clearance.

38:47

Emmerson Boyce has an effort at goal. Parried by Ross Turnbull back into danger.

38:28

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

38:23

Ben Watson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

37:31

James Husband receives a yellow card.

37:31 Booking

Booking

37:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by James Husband.

37:14

Bongani Khumalo makes a clearance.

37:10

The ball is crossed by James McClean.

36:02

The ball is crossed by Emmerson Boyce.

35:52

Leon Barnett restarts play with the free kick.

35:38

Richie Wellens receives a caution.

35:38 Booking

Booking

35:33

Richie Wellens challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

34:48

Clearance by David Cotterill.

34:11

Clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

33:02

Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.

32:34

The official flags Grant Holt offside.

31:24

Clearance by James McClean.

31:18

Reece Wabara takes the free kick.

31:11

James McClean is adjudged to have handled the ball.

30:27

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

28:20

Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens.

27:59

Emmerson Boyce takes the free kick.

27:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brown on Emmerson Boyce.

27:28

Shaun Maloney delivers the ball.

26:29

David Cotterill takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

24:53

Assist by Chris Brown.

24:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Robinson - Wigan 0 - 1 Doncaster Theo Robinson scores with a right foot finish. Wigan 0-1 Doncaster.

24:30

Rob Jones restarts play with the free kick.

24:23

The referee blows for offside.

24:07

Free kick taken by Chris Brown.

24:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Leon Barnett.

23:43

Shaun Maloney takes a shot and struck the post.

21:58

Clearance by Rob Jones.

21:52

Shaun Maloney produces a cross.

19:47

James McClean produces a cross.

18:06

James McClean has an effort at goal. Ross Turnbull blocks the ball.

17:56

Shaun Maloney crosses the ball.

17:24

Chris McCann takes a shot. A parry by Ross Turnbull prevents the goal.

16:42

Theo Robinson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

15:08

Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.

14:42

The ball is crossed by Chris McCann.

14:26

James McClean crosses the ball.

14:02

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

13:37

Grant Holt takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

13:33

The ball is delivered by Emmerson Boyce.

12:41

Header at goal by Chris Brown to the left of the net.

12:26

James Husband delivers the ball.

11:58

Clearance by Emmerson Boyce.

11:33

James Perch makes a clearance.

11:02

Richie Wellens crosses the ball in from the free kick.

10:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on Paul Keegan.

6:30

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

4:34

Unfair challenge on Rob Jones by Grant Holt results in a free kick.

4:27

The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.

3:09

Corner from the right by-line taken by James McClean.

2:53

Clearance made by Ross Turnbull.

2:44

Free kick crossed by Ben Watson.

2:23

Handball by James Coppinger.

2:14

James McClean sends in a cross.

0:48

Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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