- Wigan Athletic recorded their third consecutive Championship draw when they were held at home by Bristol City.
- The visitors went ahead through Andreas Weimann after only six minutes.
- Latics equalised midway through the second half when Will Keane followed up after a goalmouth scramble.
- There were chances for both sides to take all three points, Tommy Conway and Nakhi Wells going close for City and Callum Lang and James McClean for Latics, but the points had to be shared.
- Latics move up to 15th in the Championship table and Bristol City remain second bottom.
Leam Richardson made one change to the starting XI from the draw with Norwich City with Jack Whatmough replacing Curtis Tilt in defence.
The visitors shocked the home crowd and took an early lead. They won the ball in midfield and Conway crossed low from the left for Weimann who lifted his strike over Ben Amos and into the corner of the net.
Joe Bennett was a little lucky to stay on the pitch after he kicked out at former Latic Joe Williams but he only received a yellow card.
Latics first good opportunity came around 27 minutes when Max Power’s curled free kick found Josh Magennis at the far post, but his header was down into the turf and bounced over Bentley’s crossbar.
Latics searched for a way back into the game and Bennett’s dangerous cross into the six-yard box nearly found Magennis for a tap in.
City then had an opportunity in the 42nd minute, Mark Sykes incisive pass found Conway who from close range fired into the side netting.
Latics responded and McClean played an inch-perfect pass to Magennis who did well to bring the ball down and move to one-on-one with Bentley but his scuffed shot went narrowly wide of the post with Lang desperately trying to make contact at the far post.
Latics trailed 1-0 at half-time but there were positive signs from the hosts for the second half.
Goalkeeper Amos had to be withdrawn due to injury in the 53rd minute and Jamie Jones replaced him between the sticks.
Latics next chance came in the 58th minute when McClean’s deep cross found Whatmough but his header across the six-yard box was beyond his teammates and City survived.
The hosts were now dominating possession and they deservedly drew level in the 62nd minute.
Power’s corner caused panic in the City six-yard box and after a goalmouth scramble ‘The King of the Six-yard Box’ Will Keane calmly slotted the ball past Bentley and the defenders on the line.
City almost immediately responded and Sykes’ deep cross found Conway free in the six-yard box, but his header was luckily for Latics, narrowly wide of Jones’ post.
Both sides had opportunities to claim the three points in the remaining minutes.
Keane got on the end of a Power free-kick but was unable to keep the ball down.
In the 80th minute, Lang forced an excellent save from Bentley with the goalkeeper doing well to push his strike wide of the near post after Power had superbly played him in behind the City defence.
City threatened on the counter-attack and in the 89th minute, substitute Aasgaard came to Latics’ rescue by preventing Wells from grabbing all three points for the visitors.
Latics did threaten in the dying moments with McClean firing over but they had to settle for a point on the day.
Leam Richardson’s team are fast becoming the draw specialists in the Championship after three opening fixtures.
They have already shown that they will be competitive in the new division.
The performances have been hard working, they have shown good organisation and in defensive areas they have been resolute.
But having created good chances in all the games so far they will be looking to be more clinical with their finishing in their forthcoming fixtures.
The loan signings of forwards Nathan Broadhead and Ashley Fletcher should help with this and they could be the difference between the club fighting in the top half, or bottom half of the Championship.
I’m expecting more reinforcements in defence and midfield before the transfer deadline but the omens are already looking good for the rest of the season.
Post match comments.
Speaking to the media afterwards Richardson was pleased by the manner in which his side responded after falling behind, in addition to their desire to go on and win the game.
“It was pleasing in the main,” he said.
“I thought we started the game terrifically well, and after the first imbalance to our side, we went 1-0 down.
“To respond the way we did – especially at the end of the first half and continued into the second – and have the impetus to go on and win the game (was a huge positive).
“To come back from behind and get a result is very pleasing.”
Latics are unbeaten after three games in the Championship.
Richardson expressed that it will be the case of more of the same in the coming weeks, as his side aim to keep their habits strong and continue to accumulate points on the table.
“We’ve come back from pre-season, and we’re unbeaten so you look at all the positives. If we keep working hard as we do, and we keep being diligent and getting our job spec. correct, we will find our areas and create those chances like we have been doing.
“For me, it’s more of the same, more hard work. I think the most pleasing thing today is the clock didn’t dictate what we were doing with our impetus to go and win the game.
“We’ve got to learn as people and as a team to make sure our habits stay strong. We’ll do that by scoring those goals, getting in those areas and taking those chances.”