Wigan Athletic 2:2 Leicester City
City’s third trip to Lancashire in ten days saw them scrape a 2-2 draw against an impressive Wigan side on Tuesday night….
In contrast to recent weeks Nigel Pearson made six changes to his side with Moore, Konchesky, Hammond, King, Dyer and Wood all coming in to the starting line-up.
Early chances for City saw Moore denied by Powell from close in after a Knockaert free-kick and Al Habsi saving well from a Nugent effort.
At the other end a dangerous ball from Crainey was blazed over by Gomez.
It was a lively, end-to-end encounter, and Schmeichel tipped a Maynard header over, before Powell sent a header against the post.
Schmeichel then saved well from Collinson, before Wigan took a 37th minute lead. A well delivered Gomez free-kick was met by the head of Ramis, to cap a good spell for the home side.
However, City were level within four minutes. Nugent set up King for a perfectly judged curling shot which gave Al Habsi no chance, going in off the post.
All square at the break.
Al Habsi was the busier keeper as the second half began, intercepting a dangerous Nugent cross and saving a Konchesky special.
Pearson then brought Mahrez and Taylor-Fletcher on for Knockaert and Nugent, but City fell behind again just two minutes after the change.
Gomez was the provider again, this time from a corner, which Kiernan met at the near post with his head.
With the FA Cup holders looking strong, despite six changes of their own, McClean almost made it 3-1, but Moore cleared his shot off the line.
Phillips replaced Wood with 20 minutes remaining and soon had a shot blocked on the line, but time looked to be running out on City’s unbeaten run with three minutes to go.
But then Mahrez delivered a free-kick from the right , and Hammond nipped in to nod the ball past Al Habsi for his first City goal.
It was a decent reward for the 2,500 travelling fans, extended the unbeaten run to 20 games, and left City six points away from guaranteed promotion.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Crainey, Gomez (McEachran 79), McArthur, Boyce, Powell (Fortune 66), Ramis, Perch, Maynard (McClean 56), Kiernan, Collison. Subs Not Used: Carson, Maloney, McManaman, Barnett.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert (Mahrez 60), Hammond, King, Dyer, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 60), Wood (Phillips 73). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Schlupp, Miquel, Logan.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 15,025.
All photos: Simon Kimber.