Substitute Jordi Gomez's stunning free-kick with six minutes remaining rescued a point for Wigan against Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Wigan took the lead through Grant Holt, who converted from the spot after Marc-Antoine Fortune was brought down.

Having conceded the penalty, George Friend made amends by equalising with a low drive on the stroke of half-time.

Grant Leadbitter put the visitors in front after bad Wigan defending, but Gomez's late strike gained a point.

Wigan have experienced an indifferent start to life in the division following relegation from the Premier League, winning only one of their opening four games.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough - in their fifth season in the second tier - are now unbeaten in the last three games after losing their campaign opener to Leicester.

Wigan Warriors' Pat Richards (left)

Wigan Warriors' Sam Tomkins (right) and Ben Watson (second right) both scored in their respective finals

The home side were the better side early on, and were rewarded for their pressure as referee David Coote pointed to the penalty spot with Friend holding on to Fortune's shirt. Holt made no mistake from 12 yards out.

Boro were looking dangerous on the break though, Lukas Jutkiewicz twice forcing very good saves from Scott Carson, who was making his 200th English league appearance.

But the former Bursaspor keeper could do nothing about the superb leveller, as full-back Friend forayed forward and cut in from the left before unleashing a low shot into the bottom corner.

At half-time, the FA Cup winners paraded their trophy, alongside the Wigan Warriors rugby league side who beat Hull FC 16-0 in Saturday's Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Owen Coyle's men have been tipped for an immediate return to the top flight, but it was Middlesbrough who seemed to take inspiration from the silverware on show.

Albert Adomah forced Carson into action again, and it was the former Bristol City man who set up Boro's second, crossing for Leadbitter to neatly stroke home.

Wigan lost goalscorer Holt to injury in the second half, but managed to restore parity as Gomez thumped home a free-kick from the edge of the area.

Marvin Emnes could have won it late on for the away side, but saw his shot touched round the post by Carson.

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

5 7

Corners

1 6

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +4:59

Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune.

90:00 +4:06

Marvin Emnes has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

90:00 +3:59

Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.

90:00 +3:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jozsef Varga by Roger Espinoza.

90:00 +2:49

Jean Beausejour produces a cross.

90:00 +1:44

Jozsef Varga restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:31

James McCarthy challenges Jozsef Varga unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:37

Andrew Halliday takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

90:00

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

89:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jean Beausejour.

89:37

Free kick taken by Scott Carson.

89:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jozsef Varga on Roger Espinoza.

89:12

James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

89:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Grant Leadbitter.

88:36

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. A parry by Scott Carson prevents the goal.

88:16

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

87:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Roger Espinoza.

86:42

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

86:37

Stephen Crainey crosses the ball.

86:24

Rhys Williams makes a clearance.

86:20

The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.

84:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordi Gomez - Wigan 2 - 2 Middlesbro Free kick scored by Jordi Gomez. Wigan 2-2 Middlesbrough.

83:39 Booking

Booking

83:39

Jonathan Woodgate shown a yellow card.

83:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Espinoza by Jonathan Woodgate.

82:10

Centre by Jean Beausejour.

81:37

James McClean takes a shot. Blocked by George Friend.

79:34

James McClean sends in a cross.

78:38

Free kick taken by Scott Carson.

77:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Perch by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

77:12

Marvin Emnes takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

75:28 Substitution

Substitution Albert Adomah leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Halliday.

74:28

The assist for the goal came from Albert Adomah.

74:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant Leadbitter - Wigan 1 - 2 Middlesbro Grant Leadbitter scores a right footed goal. Wigan 1-2 Middlesbrough.

71:56

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

71:50

The ball is crossed by Roger Espinoza.

70:55

George Friend makes a clearance.

70:52

Jean Beausejour produces a cross.

70:00

Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.

69:56

Stephen Crainey crosses the ball.

69:03

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

68:45

Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes.

68:19

Stephen Crainey has an effort at goal. Jason Steele safely holds on.

67:37

Emmerson Boyce restarts play with the free kick.

67:29

Foul by Grant Leadbitter on James McClean, free kick awarded.

66:27 Substitution

Substitution Mustapha Carayol goes off and Marvin Emnes comes on.

64:54

Albert Adomah takes a shot.

64:38

Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.

64:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Espinoza on Mustapha Carayol.

64:20

Jonathan Woodgate takes the free kick.

64:13

The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution James McClean comes on in place of Grant Holt.

62:04

James McCarthy takes a shot.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Roger Espinoza is brought on as a substitute for Chris McCann.

57:27

The ball is delivered by Grant Leadbitter.

56:19

Rhys Williams takes the free kick.

56:07

The official flags Grant Holt offside.

55:54

Leon Barnett restarts play with the free kick.

55:48

The referee blows for offside against Lukas Jutkiewicz.

55:42

Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

55:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Rhys Williams.

54:46

Clearance by Scott Carson.

54:39

Centre by Grant Leadbitter.

54:35

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

53:24 Substitution

Substitution Jordi Gomez comes on in place of James McArthur.

50:33

Jonathan Woodgate restarts play with the free kick.

50:25

Grant Holt challenges Grant Leadbitter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

50:18

Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

50:11

Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozsef Varga.

49:14

Mustapha Carayol takes the free kick.

49:08

James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Mustapha Carayol.

48:49

Clearance made by George Friend.

48:43

The ball is delivered by Chris McCann.

47:41

Free kick taken by Scott Carson.

47:28

Lukas Jutkiewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune.

47:02

James Perch makes a clearance.

46:58

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

46:40

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +3:04

Clearance made by Chris McCann.

45:00 +3:00

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +2:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Albert Adomah.

44:34

Assist on the goal came from Grant Leadbitter.

44:34 Goal scored

Goal! - George Friend - Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbro George Friend scores with a right foot finish. Wigan 1-1 Middlesbrough.

43:22

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

43:17

James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Steele.

42:09

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Carayol.

41:59

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

41:32

Centre by Mustapha Carayol.

40:01

Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

39:47

The offside flag is raised against Grant Holt.

39:15

Header by Leon Barnett goes harmlessly over the bar.

39:05

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Parnaby on Marc-Antoine Fortune.

37:48

Scott Carson takes the free kick.

37:21

George Friend concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt.

37:01

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

36:28

Mustapha Carayol crosses the ball.

35:53

Leon Barnett makes a clearance.

35:44

The ball is swung over by George Friend.

35:13

Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.

34:49

James McArthur fouled by Grant Leadbitter, the ref awards a free kick.

34:32

James Perch manages to make a clearance.

34:28

Albert Adomah produces a cross.

34:14

Clearance by Leon Barnett.

34:08

The ball is swung over by George Friend.

32:48

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot.

32:38

Jonathan Woodgate restarts play with the free kick.

32:18

Stuart Parnaby fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick.

31:47

Shot by Dean Whitehead went wide of the right-hand upright.

31:23

Clearance by Chris McCann.

31:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Grant Leadbitter.

30:42

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot.

29:40

James Perch takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

29:16

Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.

28:50

The referee blows for offside against Mustapha Carayol.

28:38

Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

28:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Jozsef Varga.

27:07

Corner taken by Jean Beausejour.

26:41

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

26:37

Chris McCann sends in a cross.

22:50

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

22:31

Grant Holt challenges Stuart Parnaby unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:13

Free kick crossed by Scott Carson.

21:44

Unfair challenge on James McArthur by Lukas Jutkiewicz results in a free kick.

20:32

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

20:26

Jean Beausejour produces a cross.

16:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant Holt - Wigan 1 - 0 Middlesbro Penalty taken right-footed by Grant Holt and scored. Wigan 1-0 Middlesbrough.

16:44

Foul by George Friend on Marc-Antoine Fortune, Penalty awarded.

15:55

Stephen Crainey delivers the ball.

15:46

Free kick taken by Scott Carson.

15:20

Unfair challenge on James Perch by Lukas Jutkiewicz results in a free kick.

13:58

James Perch manages to make a clearance.

13:45

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross.

8:46

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

8:39

Unfair challenge on Grant Leadbitter by Chris McCann results in a free kick.

7:35

The ball is swung over by Chris McCann.

6:17 Substitution

Substitution Frazer Richardson leaves the field to be replaced by Stuart Parnaby.

4:14

Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Jason Steele safely holds on.

3:45

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

3:32

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour.

3:23

Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.

3:13

The offside flag is raised against Mustapha Carayol.

2:52

Clearance by Leon Barnett.

2:46

George Friend delivers the ball.

1:49

Shot by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Scott Carson parries the effort to safety.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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