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Wigan Athletic 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Charlie Austin rescues draw for Baggies

Charlie Austin (right) scores
Charlie Austin scored with his last touch before being substituted

West Brom missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship but Charlie Austin's goal from a free-kick on the six-yard line saw them salvage a draw at Wigan.

Slaven Bilic rested attacking trio Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Hal Robson-Kanu and his side were second best in the first half as the Latics constantly threatened through Josh Windass and Jamal Lowe.

The hosts eventually took a deserved, albeit fortuitous, lead when Sam Johnstone tipped a 35-yard Sam Morsy strike onto the post, only for the ball to rebound back off the Baggies keeper and in.

Michael Jacobs then hit the bar for Wigan but West Brom levelled when Austin placed the ball past 10 players on the line after goalkeeper Jamie Jones needlessly picked up a backpass.

The point means just goal difference keeps the Baggies behind leaders Leeds, who beat Hull on Tuesday, while Paul Cook's side move to within three points of safety.

Bilic rotated some key players with half an eye on Saturday lunchtime's West Midlands derby at Birmingham and Wigan should have capitalised, Lowe seeing a follow-up smothered by Johnstone and Windass denied a penalty when he appeared to be brought down in the box by Semi Ajayi.

The Latics themselves made seven changes from their weekend defeat by Luton - with Cook serving a touchline ban - and might have been out of sight in the second half had Gavin Massey headed either side of Johnstone after Jacobs' strike fell to him off the woodwork.

But keeper Jones appeared to be drinking from his water bottle when he saw Kal Naismith's backpass come towards him and unknowingly picked it up, allowing Jake Livermore to roll the resulting free-kick to Austin to score his fourth goal in four games.

Massey came closest to a winner for the Latics - Johnstone clawing away his back-post header - but they are now winless in nine, despite scoring first in their past five matches.

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"A massive step forward for us - I think the level of performance tonight was there for everyone to see and that's the most pleasing thing for me as a manager.

"On reflection of the game I think it would've been fair for us to win, but we respect the point.

"West Brom are in excellent form, they're a fantastic team and I'm sure they'll be delighted to go away with a point because I don't think you'll get many gifts better than the one we gave them, that's for sure."

West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"I have to admit it we were nowhere near what we were so far.

"I don't want to accept it but at the end of the day I told the guys to be disappointed but take this as a blessing because we didn't get big-time punished.

"We didn't match them in the majority of the game and to be fair we have to take this point as a good one."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2ByrneSubstituted forSterlingat 90+4'minutes
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Naismith
  • 3Robinson
  • 8Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseyBooked at 82mins
  • 9Lowe
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forRobertsat 80'minutes
  • 10WindassSubstituted forGarnerat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 12Pearce
  • 14Garner
  • 15Sterling
  • 18Roberts
  • 29Gyollai
  • 38Gelhardt

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 36FergusonSubstituted forFurlongat 61'minutes
  • 5BartleyBooked at 90mins
  • 6AjayiBooked at 64mins
  • 14Townsend
  • 8Livermore
  • 19SawyersBooked at 73mins
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forCosta Pereiraat 60'minutes
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 21Edwards
  • 15AustinSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 18Barry
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
  • 29Diangana
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
9,444

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Dujon Sterling replaces Nathan Byrne.

Booking

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

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

Attempt blocked. Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Josh Windass.

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Townsend.

Booking

Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards tries a through ball, but Matheus Pereira is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Michael Jacobs.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Romaine Sawyers tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Booking

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jamal Lowe tries a through ball, but Gavin Massey is caught offside.

Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamal Lowe following a set piece situation.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

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2West Brom21137142212146
3Fulham21105633231035
4Bristol City219843430435
5Nottm Forest2097427171034
6Preston2110473326734
7Brentford21103832171533
8Sheff Wed219662920933
9Cardiff218763129231
10Blackburn219482828031
11Swansea218762626031
12QPR219483237-531
13Millwall217952728-130
14Hull218583229329
15Birmingham218492228-628
16Derby216872127-626
17Charlton2165102628-223
18Reading2064102527-222
19Huddersfield2156102333-1021
20Middlesbrough214981828-1021
21Luton2162132744-1720
22Stoke2152142435-1117
23Wigan2145121934-1517
24Barnsley2127122442-1813
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