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As it happened | Reading 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Blow by blow account of an incredible afternoon in RG2

9 March 2019

Summary

  • Royals face Wigan at 3pm
  • Wigan take lead through Powell after 20 minutes
  • Swift equalises in first half added time
  • Wigan retake lead through Garner, Barrow equalises in 89th minute
  • Meite scores winner in last minute of added time
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Updated at 17:03 (UK)

17:03
 

A match that had everything. Drama, tough tackling, a late fightback, what a day. What a game.

90’
 

THAT'S IT. UNBELIEVABLE.

One of the great Madejski Stadium matches.

The scenes. The noise. 

90+7’
 

AHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

INCREDIBLE! UNBELIEVABLE! YAKOU MEITE!

Corner comes in, Blackett heads on and Yakou Meite might have scored the most important goal of the season. This is absolute madness.

90+6’
 

Reading force a last-minute corner.

Every outfield player is up for it.

90+5’
 

Two minutes remain of added time, the crowd roaring the Royals on to find a late winner here.

90+3’
 

Final change for Wigan, as Josh Windass replaces Joe Garner.

90+1’
 

Still time for a winner here, with SEVEN added minutes to play.

89’
 

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! MO BARROW! 

WHAT A FINISH! WHAT A TIME TO GET IT!

Barrow takes aim from 25 yards and fires Reading level. Incredible.

88’
 

Just as Reading get space to go forward in the Wigan half, play is stopped for a Wigan player to receive treatment on the pitch. 

Time running out for Reading to equalise.

16:47
 

This one is going to go down to the wire. Wigan hold a 2-1 lead, taking every available second to take set pieces as they try and wind down the clock.

83’
 

Sam Morsy powers one at goal for the visitors, with Martinez flying across goal to save. 

Seven minutes remain of normal time.

78’
 

Another change for Wigan as Leon Clarke comes on, eventually, for Nick Powell. 

The game becoming increasingly stretched here, 12 minutes to go.

74’
 

First change for the visitors, as Gavin Massey takes as long as humanly possible to come off for Kal Naismith.

71’
 

Another yellow card, this time for Reece James, for a bad foul on the right.

69’
 

WHAT A SAVE.

Massey finds space on the right and drives into the box, squaring across for a certain second for Powell - but Martínez throws himself at it to make an oustanding save.

68’
 

Second change here for the Royals, and it's a straight swap as Garath McCleary is replaced by Callum Harriott.

65’
 

Goal.

Wigan take the lead again. The ball makes its way across goal and Joe Garner fires in on the volley for the Latics.

60’
 

Worrying signs here for Reading, as Liam Moore goes down clutching his shoulder which, to put it politely, doesn't look like it's in the correct place at the moment.

A minute or so later, he's up and moving his arm, our physios acting quickly so he is, somehow, able to play on.

56’
 

There's plenty of needle in this game. Given what's at stake for both clubs, it's hardly surprising.

Both teams throwing themselves at the ball, giving no quarter at all. 

Robinson is shown the yellow card for a cynical hack on Méïté on the Reading right.

53’
 

Bit of histrionics on the sidelines between both dugouts, with Royals coach Jorge Mendonca ending the exchange with a yellow card from the referee.

50’
 

Bizarre injury stop here, as Liam Moore makes a tackle in midfield but two Wigan players collide in the aftermatch, forcing a lengthy stoppage.

48’
 

Speculative strike from the visitors as Massey spots the chance to try one from range. Martínez is wise to it, however, making a smart save.

46’
 

We're underway once more for the second half, the teams locked at a goal apiece.

45’
 

HALF TIME | Reading 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Swift's equaliser right before the interval gives Reading the goal they deserved this half. 45 to go!

45+3’
 

GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

JOHN SWIFT, YOU BEAUTY! 

What a finish! Swift, so dangerous from a dead ball, shows his worth again with a sumptuous free kick to equalise!

45+3’
 

Danny Loader is brought down on the edge of the box, John Swift and Lewis Baker both stand over the free kick...

45+1’
 

FIVE minutes to be added on at the end of the first half.

42’
 

An off-ball scrap between Matt Miazga and Joe Garner ends with the latter writhing around on the floor, but both receive yellow cards.

39’
 

Wigan have a free-kick from 30 yards out, but Reece James strikes low and well wide.

15:39
 

Despite the scoreline so far, Reading fans are still in full voice in support of their team, trailing 1-0 as it stands.

36’
 

An enforced early substitution here for the Royals.

Ovie Ejaria comes off injured, with Danny Loader on to replace him.

34’
 

Great chance, not taken! 

Mo Barrow shows trickery on the left to dance past his marker and thread through for Blackett on the run in the box.

He squares back for Garath McCleary in a shooting position, but he can only shoot straight at Jones.

32’
 

Close!

Swift has a free-kick to the left of the box, bending it over the crowded area and only just past the far post.

31’
 

Another chance for the visitors.

Powell splits the defence to feed Jacobs, shooting first time and forcing a good low stop from Martínez.

27’
 

Bit of a stoppage here, as Garath McCleary and Sam Morsy both receive treatment on the pitch. Both seem okay to carry on, however.

25’
 

Wigan sitting on their lead for now, keeping Reading at bay and content to sit behind the ball.

20’
 

Goal.

Wigan take the lead as Michael Jacobs gets a low cross in, and Nick Powell pokes in past Martínez.

0-1.

18’
 

Real moment of danger for the Royals there.

A Swift free kick is cleared quickly and Wigan counter at pace. Massey feeds Robinson on the left, crossing to the far post with Powell waiting for a cross - just over his head on this occasion.

16’
 

Wigan get forward for the first time, Reading appeal for a free kick after Ejaria is brought down on the edge of the box, but Garner gets a shot away and Liam Moore has to get low to block behind.

13’
 

Not much to go by in the way of chances, but Reading force a corner.

McCleary takes, but its trajectory takes it over the players in the box and out for a throw.

7’
 

Reading dominating possession in the early stages here, Paul Cook's side content to sit back and defend for now.

3’
 

First sight at goal for the Royals - and it's not far away!

Ejaria spreads play wide to Méïté on the right, who makes tracks forward, cutting inside and leathering one narrowly over the bar.

1’
 

And we're off!

The Royals shoot towards the South Stand in the first half.

14:55
 

The teams are in the tunnel, Club 1871 in fine voice in the South Stand and we are just moments away from kick-off here!

14:49
 

For any of you who don't know Michael Olise, here's a helping hand...

- 17 years old, a first-year scholar in our Academy
- A creative midfielder, who can play behind the striker, box-to-box or out wide
- Has made 15 appearances between our U18 and U23 sides this season

Today sees his first involvement in a first team squad!

14:44
 

We could see a brand new senior debutant today, with midfielders Ryan East and Michael Olise among the substitutes and yet to make their first team debuts...

14:37
 

Yakou Méïté will be leading the line for the Royals today, check out what he had to say before today's game here.

14:31
 

Emi Martínez is fit enough to start for the Royals today, read what he had to say in the build-up to today's game here.

14:28
 

The Madejski looking resplendent this afternoon.

If you missed anything ahead of today's game, you can read our match preview here.

14:00
 

TEAM NEWS | Barrow comes in for only change

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Ejaria, Baker, Swift, McCleary, Barrow, Méïté.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, McShane, Harriott, East, Olise, Loader.

Wigan Athletic: Jones, Morsy (c), James, Byrne, Robinson, Dunkley, Olsson, Jacobs, Massey, Powell, Garner.
Subs: Evans, Kipre, Naismith, Gibson, Roberts, Windass, Clarke.

13:53
 

Another big, big match in the Sky Bet Championship.

Team news coming at 2pm!

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