Davies rescues a point for Latics – Wigan Athletic 1 Birmingham City 1


Substitute Craig Davies grabbed a 90th minute equaliser

Substitute Craig Davies rescued a point for Wigan Athletic with a 90th minute equaliser against Birmingham City at the DW Stadium.

Latics had dominated the game and created several good chances but Birmingham had gone ahead in the first half when David Davis forced home the rebound after Adam Bogdan saved Clayton Donaldson’s penalty.

Wigan controlled much of the game and had 70 per cent of the possession and had 20 shots to Birmingham’s six, but it looked as though they would be denied until Davies turned the ball home from close range from Will Grigg’s low cross.

Caldwell named an unchanged starting eleven from the team which defeated Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, with the only change coming on the bench with new signing Shaun McDonald replacing Jack Hendry.

Latics started briskly and were moving the ball to good effect with Alex Gilbey, Nick Powell and Max Power all prominent.

However, against the run of play Birmingham had the first opportunity of the game on 15 minutes, when Clayton Donaldson hit the post after Adam Bogdan had saved David Davis’s powerful shot.

Latics responded when Grigg headed narrowly wide after meeting Nick Powell’s lofted cross.

The home team were creating chances down the wings with Yanic Wildschut and Luke Burke getting forward. However, despite enjoying plenty of possession they were unable to capitalise on their dominance and they paid the penalty just before half time.

Clayton Donaldson broke clear of the Latics defence and although it looked as though he had lost control of the ball, keeper Adam Bogdan brought him down in the area.

Bogdan saved Donaldson’s spot-kick, but David Davis reacted first to force the ball home, and send the visitors into the lead at the interval.

Gary Caldwell made an early substitution in the second half with forward Michael Jacobs replacing wing-back Luke Burke.

Latics continued to dominate possession and nearly equalised when Powell headed Alex Gilbey’s cross just wide of Kuszczak’s far post.

Birmingham counter-attacked and nearly scored when David Cotterill broke down the right and clipped the crossbar with his rising shot.

Caldwell replaced David Perkins with new signing Shaun McDonald on 60 minutes and Latics continued to press for the equaliser.

Birmingham were defending in numbers and the home team were finding it hard to make the breakthrough.

Latics probed for the all important goal and Caldwell made his final substitution on 85 minutes when Davies replaced Max Power.

They were finally rewarded for all their pressure in the 90th minute when Davies turned the ball home from close range after Will Grigg’s low cross had evaded the Birmingham defence.

It was the least Latics deserved for their dominance and it would have been a travesty of justice if Birmingham had stolen all three points.

Wigan might even have taken all three points in stoppage time but Michael Jacobs was denied by an excellent save from Kuszczak.

Birmingham had proved to be a much more difficult test than Saturday’s romp against Blackburn and Latics good performance on the night certainly augurs well for the rest of the season.


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