Wigan Athletic allowed Sheffield United to comeback from three goals down to secure an unlikely 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium last night.
Goals by Will Grigg, Haris Vuckic and Chris McCann had given Latics what looked to be an unassailable 3-0 lead. But with 21 minutes of the game remaining the Blades produced a remarkable comeback with two goals by Matt Done and one by Billy Sharp.
Wigan had pulled off a great comeback on Thursday night against Gillingham, but this time they were on the receiving end as they failed to close out the game.
Gary Caldwell made two changes from the win against Gillingham with Haris Vuckic and Chris McCann replacing Reece James and Andy Kellett.
Latics started positively with Michael Jacobs testing George Long. The winger cut in from the right hand side and tried a low effort which forced a good save from Long.
Latics then went ahead on 16 minutes through Will Grigg. The striker picked up a pass from Jacobs and on the edge of the area before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Grigg might have increased their lead on 23 minutes, but his effort was disallowed for offside.
The Blades threatened on the break and went close themselves before the interval when Matt Done rounded Jaaskelainen in the area, but he was unable to find anyone in the centre and Craig Morgan was able to clear.
But Latics doubled their lead on 43 minutes following a superb flowing move. After a neat interchange in midfield, Jason Pearce broke free down the left hand side and crossed to the near post to Haris Vuckic who guided his header into the far corner of the net for his first goal for the club.
Latics continued to press forward at the beginning of the second half, with both Vuckic and Pearce going close in the opening ten minutes.
The home team looked to have sealed the three points on 66 minutes. Chris McCann reacted first after Donervon Daniels had lost possession in the Blades area and overcame a couple of challenges before finishing past Long.
Latics however were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal and Sheffield United almost immediately hit back through Matt Done. Done meeting Billy Sharp’s cross from the left to score from close range.
Latics continued to press forward with Yanic Wildschut replacing Vuckic and Don Cowie replacing the injured David Perkins. It was now far too open a game as chances came at both ends.
The Blades pulled another goal back through Sharp on 75 minutes when he met Jay McEveley’s deflected cross to head home from close range.
Latics re-jigged midfield was now struggling to combat a resurgent United team. The visitors completed an unlikely comeback on 89 minutes when Done grabbed his second goal.
Jaaskelainen produced a superb save to deny Sharp, but the rebound fell to the unmarked Done who bundled the ball over the line to stun the home crowd.
Sheffield United might have even have gone on to win the game but for another great stop by Jaaskelainen in the fourth minute of added time when he was at full stretch to deny Sharp.
The visitors had produced a remarkable comeback but Gary Caldwell will be frustrated by his team’s inability to close out the game at 3-0. The manager left the pitch shaking his head in disbelief. There is clearly plenty of work still to be done on the training ground before Latics can fully realise their potential.