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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Reading

Nick Powell
Nick Powell saw his first-half effort ruled out for offside as Wigan and Reading played out a goalless draw

Wigan paid the price for spurning a series of openings as they were held to a draw by battling Reading.

The home side created the better opportunities but could not find a winner despite their four-game losing streak coming to an end.

Reece James and Josh Windass spurned good chances, while Nick Powell had a goal ruled out for offside.

A late goalmouth scramble almost saw Joe Garner grab the winner for Wigan, but his shot was cleared off the line.

Coming into the game on a four-match losing streak, the Latics took the game to Reading, but found their goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola in inspired form.

It took Reading until the hour mark to register a shot on target, when Yakou Meite's effort was blocked by Christan Walton.

The result left the Royals in 20th place, with goal difference the only thing keeping them outside the relegation zone.

Wigan manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester

"It was a fully deserved point. We had the better of the chances and a couple of great opportunities to win the game.

"After the recent run of defeats that we've had, it's nice to get a point and stop the rot. It's an unforgiving league, we've given some individual errors away but we didn't today.

"It was a good, comfortable clean sheet. Unfortunately, we didn't put those chances away."

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It was a committed performance from the players. It was a hard-fought game, a good one for a 0-0.

"At times we looked better than them, then they looked better. Based on our season and how we've been defending, it's a positive because it's a clean sheet away from home.

"We could quite easily have nicked it because I thought we had more control in the later stages, but it's probably a fair result."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Burn
  • 20Naismith
  • 2Byrne
  • 4GibsonSubstituted forConnollyat 84'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 18RobertsBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGriggat 71'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 25PowellBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGarnerat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 8Vaughan
  • 9Grigg
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
  • 36Evans
  • 41Garner

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 2GunterBooked at 33mins
  • 4O'Shea
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 38Kelly
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 10Swift
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forLoaderat 67'minutes
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forMcNultyat 78'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forSimsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yiadom
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19Sims
  • 20Ilori
  • 28Walker
  • 29McNulty
  • 43Loader
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
9,211

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Reading 0.

Booking

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Josh Sims (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

Attempt blocked. Danny Loader (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

Danny Loader (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Darron Gibson.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Marc McNulty replaces Yakou Meite.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Darron Gibson tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. William Grigg replaces Gary Roberts.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Sone Aluko.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gary Roberts.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Nick Powell because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR188372024-427
9Swansea187562017326
10Blackburn186842125-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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