James McArthur’s 93rd minute equaliser salvaged a point for Wigan in their opening game of the 2014/15 season against Reading.
Callum McManaman had given the Latics a 27th minute lead but the Royals took control in the second half with goals by Shaun Cummings and Sean Morrison.
Uwe Rosler’s men refused to give in and the tireless McArthur was on hand to score from close range to deny the Royals.
Wigan had started the game nervously and Scott Carson had to be on top form to deny Ryan Edwards and then Latics striker Oriel Riera headed against his own post.
But Wigan took the lead on 27 minutes when Martyn Waghorn played in McManaman who chipped the ball over the advancing Reading keeper Adam Federici.
McManaman continued to pose a threat to the Royals but despite his good work Wigan were unable to increase their lead before half time.
Reading were the better team in the second period and it was no surprise when they equalised in the 70th minute following a good move on the edge of the area resulted in Cummings low drive beating Carson.
Poor defending allowed the Royals to take the lead on 76 minutes. From a free kick on the right, four Reading attackers were marked by only three Wigan defenders. The unmarked Pearce was therefore allowed the space to head back across goal and the advancing Morrison headed comfortably past Carson.
Reading looked to be in control and good value for the three points but Rosler’s men have a never say die attitude. From a long ball and flick on by McManaman, James McArthur was able to head home the equaliser much to the relief of the home fans.
With thanks to Kierenne Baldwin.