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Wigan Athletic 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Visitors level with late penalty

Will Grigg and Nick Powell
Goalscorers Will Grigg and Nick Powell celebrate the former's first-half penalty

Hillal Soudani's last-gasp equaliser earned Nottingham Forest a point against Wigan Athletic that extended their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.

Soudani - Forest's match-winner in their victory against Reading last weekend - was again the hero as he pounced on Christian Walton's penalty save from Lewis Grabban to fire home in injury-time and deny the Latics a deserved second win of the season.

Wigan had opened the scoring within the first two minutes when Nick Powell thumped a header past Costel Pantilimon from a corner, although Matty Cash finished off a counter-attack move to level just eight minutes later.

The hosts retook the lead from the spot when Will Grigg smashed in his 50th Latics league goal and, after a largely dominant second period, it looked as though it would be enough for the points.

However, Sam Morsy, who hit the post in the first half, hauled down Cash in the box late on and despite Walton's save, Algeria international Soudani buried from close range to secure an unlikely draw.

Forest, who under Aitor Karanka have spent more than £25m on talent such as Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves, were given a tough time by Paul Cook's side throughout.

The draw was cruel on newly-promoted Wigan, who in pacy Everton loanee Antonee Robinson and former Sheffield United midfielder Lee Evans have made their own impressive signings.

However it was promotion heroes Grigg, Powell and former Derby winger Michael Jacobs who were at the heart of their best play and, while disappointing under the circumstances, the point leaves them in mid-table with only one defeat from their first three outings.

Wigan boss Paul Cook said:

"I don't feel hard done by. When you're talking about a team like Forest, with calibre like that, they're always capable of hurting you no matter what stage of the game it is.

"If I'm being truthful, I felt we did do enough to win the game, but football doesn't work like that.

"But while we're disappointed with the result, I don't think anyone inside the stadium would be disappointed with how we performed."

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka said:

"I think we deserved our point at the end. We created quite a few chances, although you are always a little fortunate when you equalise in added-time.

"Of course we had to hang in there when we were losing 2-1, but I told my players we had time to get back into it.

"We could easily have gone into the break 3-1 or 4-1 down, because we didn't play very well in the first half."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 88mins
  • 11MasseySubstituted forByrneat 89'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forConnollyat 75'minutes
  • 17Jacobs
  • 9GriggSubstituted forVaughanat 76'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Windass
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 4FoxBooked at 87mins
  • 11OsbornBooked at 29mins
  • 5GuédiouraSubstituted forWatsonat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 6ColbackBooked at 69mins
  • 14Cash
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forSoudaniat 54'minutes
  • 23LolleySubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Soudani
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 15Steele
  • 18Robinson
  • 20Dawson
  • 31Bastião Dias
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
11,543

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away14
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nathan Byrne replaces Gavin Massey.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces William Grigg.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Nick Powell.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Reece James.

Attempt blocked. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Attempt saved. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Aston Villa32107437
5Bolton32105327
6Swansea32103127
7Nottm Forest41305416
8Sheff Utd420257-26
9Millwall31204315
10Blackburn31203215
11Brentford21106244
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Sheff Wed201134-11
21Norwich301268-21
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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