Stoke 2-1 Wigan: Michael O’Neill’s side come from behind to win again
Stoke vs Wigan
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday November
Danny Batth’s first league goal for the injury-time winner of replacement Mame Diouf and a couple of years saw Stoke grab a dramatic 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Wigan.
Defender Batth’s 55th-minute equaliser spared supervisor Michael O’Neill conquer his first home league match.
Along with the late goal sunk the Latics, who was on track for what could have been only their second win in 30 of Diouf out matches.
Before the visitors were given a welcome 39th-minute direct and hope of finishing their four-game winless run by Wigan skipper Sam Morsy’s first league goal for 2 years.
The Egypt midfielder fired home following a howler from Stoke keeper Jack Butland before the rest.
The former England international’s attempted clearance smashed into team-mate Tom Edwards and mopped up from the error.
But Batth poked at house from James McLean’s free-kick after which Diouf pounced to complete a remarkable turnaround.
The hosts started the brighter with Wigan keeper David Marshall compelled to generate a smart save to deny the lively McLean.
And the midfielder frustratingly directed against the bar although under a minute later provider turned for Nick Powell with an inch-perfect cross.
Winger Tom Ince had a chance since he gasped from the border of this box but his composure allow him down.
The people eventually came to life on the mark the recalled Gavin Massey came within inches of scoring and when Jamal Lowe whipped a dangerous ball throughout the face of goal.
Lewis MacLeod had a shot charged down on the border of the region and burst forward and also Paul Cook’s side should have taken the lead however, the headed agonisingly wide from point-blank range.
Scottland shot-stopper Marshall had to be alert to thwart Stephen Ward just following the half-dozen because the home side pushed for the opener.
But it was at the other end of the pitch that the breakthrough came as Morsy turned into an open web to the mistake of Butland.
Stoke started brightly in the beginning of the second half and McLean scored a brilliant solo goal.
His conduct saw him beat four defenders, but beating Antonee Robinson managed to get in a block since McLean pulled the cause in the region.
Batth was subsequently come by the equaliser, as McLean obtained a free-kick and spanned for the defender to poke home at the near post.
Striker Lee Gregory had a chance to put the hosts ahead but he fired over from close range.
While Marshall saved well from Ince substitute Kieffer Moore fired at Butland from space.
Substitute Diouf acquired it if he bundled in from close range to give a second victory since taking control to O’Neill.
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill:”Winning games like that capture you of trouble, we really showed great character. It has been a wonderful start. It was. Than we would have enjoyed, However we probably made life more than challenging.
“But I am delighted with the six points out of the two matches up to now. Sometimes the game wasn’t quite, but we dug in and showed our personality. It’s always great to win late in the game, it gives our supporters that additional wee lift and deliver them home happy”
Wigan’s Paul Cook:”it is a cruel game. It’s unkind, although football is like that occasionally. We’re on the floor in the Moment. Can you sometimes get what you deserve? I don’t understand?
“We have conceded a stoppage-time aim, I feel sorry for the players and the fans. It is painful, it is. The dressing area isn’t a fantastic place in the moment because it is possible to imagine, the gamers are all feeling very disappointed.”