Wigan 1-3 Reading: Late George Puscas hat-trick stuns Latics
Wigan vs Reading
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday November
George Puscas netted a stunning hat-trick in the space of 5 minutes deep inside the final quarter to give exploring a 3-1 Championship victory at struggling Wigan.
In a match desperately short in delight and quality, Puscas stepped up to secure a vital away win – and pile the pressure on under-fire Wigan boss Paul Cook.
The hosts went ahead through Joe Garner, but are currently without a win in seven outings and sit in the relegation zone.
Wigan had begun by far the brighter and Anthony Pilkington unleashed.
When a corner from the right saw Puscas, whose volley was cleared from the line by Pilkington, In the opposite end, Reading were in.
However, it was Wigan who got their noses in front in the 34th minute, when Garner climbed to meet a Pilkington corner.
It was parried by rafael out but straight back into Garner, who chased it home.
Football from the Latics found Michael Jacobs feed Garner, who saw Josh Windass in acres of space in the far post.
The cross came in and Windass elected to shoot it to the volley, but his strike flew wide.
Wigan began the second half with Sam Morsy advancing to the box only to find his shot.
Reading continued to offer little, although he also sent his shot once the ball landed at the foot of Puscas but Wigan were also given a warning.
Wigan boss Cook has been booked for dissent by Faith Jeremy Simpson, before the game has been turned on its head in the space of five crazy minutes.
With 12 minutes remaining, exploring replacement Lucas Boye was adjudged to have been fouled by Dujon Sterling.
Puscas put the ball before hammering it down the centre, with David Marshall diving to the right.
Two minutes after, the striker was again, before slotting past the Marshall skipping beyond Charlie Mulgrew.
Subsequently, three minutes from the right for Puscas, Garath McCleary crossed then to finish his own hat-trick.
Along with the Wigan fans spent a lot of the phases venting their anger.