Chances galore but Latics are held – Wigan Athletic 1 Portsmouth 1


Ivan Toney on target for Latics

Paul Cook’s Latics somehow failed to win a game they totally dominated against his former club Portsmouth at the DW Stadium.

Wigan created chance after chance in the opening half and went ahead through Ivan Toney after eight minutes. Toney could easily have had a hat trick and Nick Powell hit the crossbar and forced Luke McGee into a reflex save as Latics were in total control.

But the second goal didn’t come and when Chey Dunkley was dismissed for lashing out at Brett Pitman early in the second half Pompey gained a foothold in the match.

A pinpoint header by substitute Conor Chaplin gave Portsmouth an unlikely equaliser but Latics still had more chances and Will Grigg should’ve sealed the three points but he headed straight at McGee.

Gareth Evans was dismissed for a second yellow on 88 minutes as both teams finished with ten men and a point each.

Latics had kept the same starting eleven from the win at Oldham and they were on the front foot right from the kick off and went ahead after only eight minutes.

Powell found Gavin Massey who ran into the box and set up Toney who finished from close range.

They could have doubled the lead after 14 minutes when Massey put in a terrific low cross that Toney reached but McGee managed to block with his body.

Then Powell saw his stunning effort from the edge of the box come back off the crossbar after 22 minutes.

Latics struck the post again after 37 minutes with another great move. Sam Morsy sent Massey clear down the right, who crossed low to the near post. Toney slid in, but McGee somehow blocked his effort on the goal line.

McGee then deflected Powell’s bullet of a drive for a corner a minute later, before he palmed away Lee Evans’ goal bound effort a minute after that.

Latics should have been five or six goals ahead at the interval such was their dominance but a warning sign came from Pompey when Jamal Lowe fired over the crossbar from a great position in added time.

Latics continued to create opportunities at the beginning of the second half with McGee making good saves to deny Michael Jacobs and Lee Evans.

But on 58 minutes a moment of madness by Chey Dunkley gave Pompey an advantage. Dunkley shielded a ball out for a corner with Pitman, the two clashed and Dunkley struck out. The referee gave a straight red.

Latics had to reshuffle, Terrell Thomas replaced Toney and slotted into defence, with Powell moved into the lone striker role.

Latics still managed to create opportunities and Powell hit the post again on 68 minutes but substitute Chaplin gave Pompey an unlikely equaliser when he peeled away at the far post to head past Walton.

Adam May might have given the visitors the lead on 80 minutes when he forced Walton into an excellent full length save with his long range effort.

Latics could then have secured the three points when substitute Grigg got on the end of Nathan Byrne’s right-wing cross but his header was straight at McGee.

Pompey were reduced to ten men on 88 minutes when Gareth Evans was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Jacobs on the edge of the box.

In added time Evans’ free kick was denied by Jack Whatmough’s header and the match ended in an unlikely draw.

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