JORDI NICKS IT TO THRILL UWE

Gomez, For­tune strike late

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Si­mon Smed­ley To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

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ON TAR­GET: Marc-An­tolne For­tune scores to make it 1-1 MOB RULE: Wi­gan cel­e­brate with Jordi Gomez af­ter his dra­matic late win­ning goal

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