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Wigan Athletic 3-0 Reading

Martyn Waghorn

Reading slipped out of the play-offs as they were comprehensively beaten by Wigan, who strengthened their own place in the top six of the Championship.

A fine strike from Jordi Gomez gave Wigan a deserved opener before Martyn Waghorn converted a rebound to double their lead before the break.

Callum McManaman then smashed home off the underside of the bar for 3-0.

The result means Brighton move above Reading by a point with three games remaining.

Having lost on penalties to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, the emphatic victory strengthens Wigan's hopes of a return to Wembley in the play-off final, as they have moved five points ahead of sixth-placed Brighton.

Reading had the first shot of the game through Jordan Obita in the opening minute but barely tested Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi thereafter.

McManaman had a shot parried and both he and Roger Espinoza fired into the side-netting before Gomez opened the scoring in fine style with a rasping strike from 30 yards.

James McArthur and then Gomez were denied by Royals keeper Alex McCarthy but Waghorn was in the right place to double the lead after good work from McManaman.

McCarthy made another fine save to keep out James Perch's header from Gomez's corner but McManaman made it three shortly after the interval with a confident finish from 15 yards.

Reading might have been reduced to 10 men when when Hope Akpan lunged in on Espinoza, but referee Craig Pawson elected to show only a yellow card.

McArthur should have scored but dragged his shot wide when well placed, while Michael Hector had a rare sight of goal at the other end.

Wigan travel to second-placed Burnley on Easter Monday before completing their campaign with three more matches they will believe are winnable - at home to Blackpool and away at Birmingham and Blackburn.

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler: "Before I start I would like to congratulate my former club. I'm very happy for the players, the staff, the supporters - everybody connected to Brentford [on their promotion to the Championship]. It's a fantastic achievement.

"The first 40 minutes here was to perfection.

"We played so much as a unit, we circulated the ball very quickly and we were helped by a very good playing surface - compliments to the ground staff for allowing us to play the way we wanted.

"The goals came at the right time, sometimes you have to shoot from outside the box against teams that defend very deep, and we should do that even more often."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins: "Wigan are the best team we've played this season. They gave us more problems than anyone we've played.

"From my point of view, the level of our performance was nowhere near the level that we needed to be or expect. The three goals we conceded, we didn't stay with our runners, and we haven't dealt with situations as we should have.

"Wigan got the flow of the game in the first half, and they deservedly got control of the game. We came out in the second half determined to do better, but the third goal is a shocking goal to give away, which made it even more challenging.

"We're still in there, we're in the mix, we're in the race. There's three games to go, and it's all to play for. We need three wins, that's what we have to go and do. We'll reflect on this day and make sure that the 11 men who run out for the next game are willing to run through a brick wall."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 22Beausejour
  • 16McArthur
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 18EspinozaSubstituted forCollisonat 84'minutes
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forPowellat 73'minutes
  • 15McManamanBooked at 27mins
  • 10MaloneySubstituted forFortunéat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 11McClean
  • 19Powell
  • 29Maynard
  • 30Kiernan
  • 32Fortuné
  • 34Collison

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 35Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Morrison
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 22minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 55'minutes
  • 16AkpanBooked at 59mins
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 12McClearySubstituted forLe Fondreat 84'minutes
  • 11McAnuffSubstituted forBlackmanat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 10Drenthe
  • 17Gorkss
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
14,609

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamReading
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Reading 0.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James Perch tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Nick Powell is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a set piece situation.

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jack Collison replaces Roger Espinoza.

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Shaun Maloney.

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester42279678433590
2Burnley432414567353286
3Derby432391177482978
4QPR4221101154391573
5Wigan4220101257401770
6Brighton4317141250381265
7Reading4317131363531064
8Ipswich421713125547864
9Bournemouth431711156162-162
10Blackburn431516125956361
11Nottm Forest421417116258459
12Middlesbrough4214161254441058
13Watford4114151266501657
14Bolton431316145456-255
15Sheff Wed431314165957253
16Leeds42148205463-950
17Huddersfield431211205261-947
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster431110223866-2843
20Charlton421012203155-2442
21Blackpool431012213562-2742
22Millwall42913204272-3040
23Barnsley42912214068-2839
24Yeovil43813224267-2537
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