JORDI NICKS IT TO THRILL UWE
Gomez, Fortune strike late
CUP winners Wigan are on the up after two late goals sunk Charlton at the DW Stadium to turn Uwe Rosler’s frown upside down.
It was looking as though the gutsy Addicks were set to hang on for what would have been a priceless three points, but subs Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez struck the killer blows for delighted Wigan boss Rosler.
With his side now homing in ominously on the play-off places - and still with games in hand on their rivals – a delighted Rosler said: “Of course I’m very happy.
“Maybe it was going to be one of those days, because in the second half it was total domination on our part.
“It was disappointing to concede a sloppy goal early in the game, but I see this result as justice in the end.
“All the substitutes were outstanding, but after a game when you’ve had 28 attempts and 68 per cent possession, you can see that we deserved the victory.
“Sometimes it can be difficult when you’re faced with chasing a game, but we stuck to our task really well, changed a few tactics, and we got the reward.
“The response from all the players has been excellent. We’re on a nice little run now, and we just have to try and keep it going.”
The Addicks – who featured a clutch of new faces in their squad following a hectic few days leading up to transfer deadline day – got themselves off to a dream start with a third-minute opener.
Skipper Johnnie Jackson’s through ball caught a static Wigan defence napping and Marvin Sordell was allowed time to take aim before firing his third goal of the season past Ali Al Habsi.
The Latics responded with Ben Watson and Callum McManaman going close, before the hosts were then saved by the woodwork.
Belgian debutant Reza Ghoochannejhad cracked in a super effort from 18 yards which beat Al Habsi and smashed against the crossbar.
McManaman replied in kind as he came agonisingly close to a leveller just before the break.The young wide-man curled a shot against the bar after being expertly teed up by Chris McCann.
The second half was one of total domination by Wigan, and it was probably deserved that they eventually won the game thanks to the two late strikes.
Watson forced a fine save out of debutant 'keeper Yohann ThuramUlien, then James McClean saw a shot deflected inches wide.
After an almighty goalmouth scramble Tyrone Barnett saw a header clip the crossbar, and it was beginning to look like it wasn’t going to be Rosler’s day.
However, with two minutes left on the clock the hosts levelled when sub Josh McEachran superbly played in Fortune, and he tucked the ball past the outstretched arm of Thuram-Ulien.
Wigan may have been happy with a point after being behind for so long.
But they snatched victory when Gomez curled in a low free-kick to send the home fans into a frenzy.
Addicks boss Chris Powell – who is coming under increasing pressure at The Valley – was disappointed his side couldn't hang on to their lead.
He said: “It’s a tough one to take, particularly after such a brave performance.
“I thought all-round we put in a committed and diligent defensive performance.
“”We put our bodies on the line, and that’s what you need to do at this level.
“But when you have a slender lead like that you just have to try and see the game out.
“We had a young, inexperienced side out, and it was going well after we'd made a few changes in tactics.
“But when you’re up against a team full of Premier League quality there’s always a chance something like this can happen to you.”
ON TARGET: Marc-Antolne Fortune scores to make it 1-1 MOB RULE: Wigan celebrate with Jordi Gomez after his dramatic late winning goal