Late Charlton goal wins the battle of the Athletics

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Wigan made the long trip to London to lay the fellow Athletics with Uwe Rosler making two changes to the team that snatched a last minute draw against Reading, defender Ivan Ramis replacing the injured Emerson Boyce and Marc Antoine Fortune a straight swap for Martin Waghorn with former skipper Gary Caldwell receiving a call up to the bench along with Roger Espinoza and Fraser Fyvie dropping out of the eighteen.

Wigan started the brighter . dominating play in the Charlton half and within three minutes they had their first corner of the match. This came to naught and Charlton swiftly broke, Gudmundsson found  Cousins who cut onto his right foot and curled the ball into the far corner with Carson helpless.

Wigan continued to press and with a lob from James McArthur found McManaman who switched feet and placed the ball into the corner which was a deserved reward for their pressure.

Both sides continued to press forwards in the hope of taking the lead and Taylor earned himself a yellow card for a foul on Gudmundsson whilst at the other end loanee Huws shot high and wide following good work by the ever industrious McArthur.

Charlton started to ramp up the pressure with Carson making a fine save from Wiggins and Vetokele and Gunmundsson both shot wide when in good positions.

Wigan seemed content to soak up the pressure and they performed this taks well, blocking their opponents shots and looking to catch Charlton on the break.

Half time came with both sides leaving for a half time team talk well satisfied with their performance so far.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler made a tactical change at half time withdrawing Riera and replacing him with the creative Shaun Maloney

The second half started in similar fashion with neither side taking the initiative, the best chance early on  fell to Gudmundsson but his long range shot was comfortably saved by  Carson. Clear cut chances were few and far between as the game progress and Uwe Rosler showed his attacking intent to try and break down the home side’s stout defence (that had seen only one shot one target ) by withdrawing the tiring Fortune, replacing him with Waghorn.

Last week Wigan snatched a late point when a defeat seemed to be the outcome and today the bot was on the other foot as in time added on substitute Moussa’s powerful right footed shot beat Carson for the winning goal.

 

Line Up and Substitutions

Carson,  Perch, Ramis, Kiernan, Taylor, McManaman, Cowie,(Espinoza 78), McArthur, Huws, Fortuné, (Waghorn 69 ), Riera ( Maloney 45 )

 

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