Reading 0-3 Wigan- Match Report
Report of match 23rd February 2013
Reading 0-3 Wigan- Match Report.
Kone double rocks Royals
Wigan lifted themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone in spectacular style with a thumping 3-0 win over 10-man Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Arouna Kone's double at the end of the first half was quickly followed by a rare Maynor Figueroa goal after the restart to grab just a second win in 14 Premier League games for the visitors.
Reading's afternoon deteriorated rapidly and when Pavel Pogrebnyak was given a straight red after 55 minutes for a reckless challenge on Figueroa there was no way back.
From then on it became a shooting gallery for Wigan as Roberto Martinez's side grabbed a win to inspire belief they could yet again avoid the drop.
There had been little evidence of the fireworks to come at the end of the first half as both sides provided only rare glimpses that they were aware victory could move them outside the bottom three.
Reading controlled possession for the majority of it but were indebted to a pair of Adam Federici saves before they fell behind.
The Australian was first called into action after just four minutes when Franco Di Santo expertly rolled Jem Karacan in midfield before firing a low shot that Federici just turned wide.
Reading wasted their best chance of the half moments later when an unmarked Hope Akpan headed over Karacan's cross from six yards.
Brian McDermott's side had further chances to go ahead with Jimmy Kebe flashing an angled shot into the side-netting while Akpan dragged a shot wide after he stole the ball off James McArthur.
Wigan offered only a sporadic threat at the other end but when they did it was far more fluent with Kone finding spaces in behind the home defence.
The Ivorian took too long, though, to make a decision after getting into the area before James McCarthy was whistled for going down too easily.
Paul Scharner kept the scores level with a perfectly-timed sliding challenge to deny Pogrebnyak as he looked certain to turn in a low Kebe cross.
It was Reading's last chance before the game was stolen away from them in spectacular style.
Federici had made a second good save, reacting well to Kone's poked shot, before he was left exposed by poor marking for the opener soon after.
Gary Caldwell was completely unchecked from a corner and while he made a hash of the chance, the ball bounced to Figueroa whose shot was going in before taking a deflection off Kone's back near the line.
Kone knew little about his opener but his second was a goal to remember.
After Sean Morrison lost the ball Jean Beausejour delivered a defence-splitting run to find Kone's run. The striker still had the onrushing Federici to beat but nervelessly chipped his shot over him and into the net.
It was the last action of the half and the home fans responded with boos at the whistle.
McDermott responded by bringing top-scorer Adam Le Fondre on at the break.
Le Fondre has made a knack of stealing points for the Royals off the bench but the game was beyond such heroics within 10 minutes of his introduction.
Figueroa made it 3-0 moments after the restart as he was allowed to exchange passes with Di Santo and, with no defender around, fire his shot through the legs of Federici.
There was yet more punishment waiting for Reading, however, as Pogrebnyak was given his marching orders.
The striker recklessly challenged Figueroa as he burst forward, stamping down on the defender's ankle, to prompt a straight red from referee Phil Dowd.
Wigan then took complete charge and it was surprising only that a fourth did not arrive.
Di Santo was twice inches away from grabbing it as he narrowly failed to get his outstretched leg to crosses from Figueroa and Beausejour.
The former Chelsea striker then shot over before he was replaced by Jordi Gomez - who scored a hat-trick when Wigan won 3-2 in the reverse fixture in November.
Federici palmed away a well-hit shot from Figueroa, who was now enjoying bombing forward from full-back, while Beausejour headed over.
Reading were merely spectators at that point and when referee Dowd eventually blew the whistle to end their punishment, most of their fans had already drifted away from the stadium.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Madejski Stadium Attendance: 22,321|
||0 - 3||Wigan Ath.
|90+3||Mikele Leigertwood challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.|
|89||Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. James McArthur takes the free kick.|
|86||Sean Morrison produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Scharner.|
|84||A cross is delivered by Paul Scharner, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.|
|82||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by James McCarthy. Emmerson Boyce leaves the field to be replaced by Antolin Alcaraz. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.|
|81||Arouna Kone has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.|
|80||Corner taken by Jean Beausejour, Emmerson Boyce produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.|
|79||Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.|
|79||The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, save by Adam Federici.|
|76||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.|
|76||Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.|
|74||Jordi Gomez on for Franco Di Santo.|
|74||Close range strike by Franco Di Santo goes over the bar.|
|73||The ball is crossed by Noel Hunt, clearance made by Paul Scharner.|
|71||A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, James McArthur makes a clearance.|
|70||Garath McCleary on for Jem Karacan.|
|68||Corner taken short by Shaun Maloney.|
|67||Short corner worked by Shaun Maloney.|
|67||A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, blocked by Ian Harte.|
|67||Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.|
|66||The ball is crossed by Emmerson Boyce, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.|
|64||Franco Di Santo delivers the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.|
|64||The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.|
|62||Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|61||Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Emmerson Boyce results in a free kick. Emmerson Boyce booked. Noel Hunt on for Jimmy Kebe. Ian Harte takes the free kick.|
|61||Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.|
|58||Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by James McArthur results in a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.|
|53||Pavel Pogrebnyak challenges Maynor Figueroa unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Pavel Pogrebnyak a red card for violent conduct. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.|
|51||Foul by James McArthur on Jem Karacan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.|
|50||Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball.|
|49||The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Pavel Pogrebnyak misses to the left of the goal.|
|48||James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Mikele Leigertwood takes the direct free kick.|
|47||Goal scored by Maynor Figueroa from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-3 Wigan.Assist by Franco Di Santo.|
|46||Centre by Jimmy Kebe.|
|45||Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.|
|45||Hope Akpan leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Le Fondre.|
|45+1||Gary Caldwell takes a shot.|
|42||Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Arouna Kone fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-1 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Maynor Figueroa.|
|42||The ball is crossed by Arouna Kone, clearance by Stephen Kelly.|
|41||Shaun Maloney fouled by Jobi McAnuff, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scharner.|
|41||James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Hope Akpan. Adam Federici takes the free kick.|
|40||The ball is sent over by Paul Scharner, clearance by Ian Harte.|
|40||Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.|
|39||Corner taken short by Shaun Maloney.|
|39||Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.|
|39||Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.|
|38||Paul Scharner takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.|
|34||Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Franco Di Santo. Mikele Leigertwood is given a yellow card. Shaun Maloney delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.|
|32||The ball is swung over by Emmerson Boyce, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.|
|31||Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmerson Boyce. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.|
|30||The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded for a foul by Hope Akpan on James McCarthy. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.|
|26||Emmerson Boyce crosses the ball. Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross, Jobi McAnuff manages to make a clearance.|
|24||Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Adrian Mariappa has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.|
|24||The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.|
|24||The assistant referee signals for offside against Franco Di Santo. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.|
|23||Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.|
|22||Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.|
|21||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on James McArthur. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.|
|19||Hope Akpan fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.|
|16||Hope Akpan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.|
|14||Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.|
|13||Effort on goal by Jimmy Kebe from inside the box misses to the right of the target.|
|13||Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Franco Di Santo.|
|12||Foul by Paul Scharner on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from right channel, clearance made by Paul Scharner.|
|11||Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Paul Scharner goes over the bar.|
|10||Shaun Maloney produces a cross, blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.|
|9||Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Jimmy Kebe. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.|
|5||Jem Karacan delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Hope Akpan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|2||Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.|
|-||The referee blows for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.|