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Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters.
Hugo Rodallega takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Ben Watson joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Jones.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Ryan Shotton. Ryan Shotton goes into the referee's book. Ben Watson scores a power penalty. Stoke 2-2 Wigan.Hugo Rodallega provided the assist for the goal.
Cameron Jerome finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Wigan.Jonathan Walters provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Victor Moses takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on James McCarthy. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
Marc Wilson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Steve Gohouri is brought on as a substitute for Jordi Gomez.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Gary Caldwell is penalised for handball and concedes a . Gary Caldwell receives a red card. Gary Caldwell gets a block in. Hugo Rodallega receives a yellow card for dissent. Jonathan Walters scores a power penalty. Stoke 1-1 Wigan.Assist by Cameron Jerome.
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Ryan Shotton produces a cross, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line to the near post, save by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Jermaine Pennant. Mohamed Diame takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez, Header by Hugo Rodallega from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Jordi Gomez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Wilson Palacios manages to make a clearance.
Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Moses. Ryan Shawcross takes the indirect free kick.
Header from close range by Robert Huth hits the post.
Mohamed Diame challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Robert Huth. Ronnie Stam takes the direct free kick.
Marc Wilson delivers the ball.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Rory Delap shown a yellow card. Ryan Shotton on for Andy Wilkinson. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Foul by Victor Moses on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington.
Goal scored by Victor Moses from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Wigan.Hugo Rodallega provided the assist for the goal.
Handball by Hugo Rodallega. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Jones crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Ronnie Stam receives a yellow card.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Peter Crouch fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.
Shot from long range by Maynor Figueroa misses to the left of the target.
Robert Huth is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Close range header by Robert Huth goes over the crossbar.
Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant. Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa. Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Mohamed Diame. Mohamed Diame takes the free kick.
The referee cautions Victor Moses for not retreating ten yards at a set play.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Victor Moses. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line.
Shot from just outside the box by Andy Wilkinson goes over the bar.
Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.
Ronnie Stam takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Shot from outside the box by Rory Delap goes wide right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant to the near post, clearance by Hugo Rodallega.
Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Jermaine Pennant takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by James McCarthy.
Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, Ali Al Habsi manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Jones.
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Hugo Rodallega manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross.
Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Martinez heads down memory lane
Wigan will make a New Year's Eve trip back to the stadium where they won their very own title last season, according to manager Roberto Martinez.
The trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke will be the Latics' first since Hugo Rodallega's late goal earned a 1-0 win on the final day of the campaign to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.
Wigan had been in the bottom three for much of the latter half of the season before clawing their way out, and another win this time around could set them on their way to achieving the same outcome.
Martinez said: "For us it's a great moment to look back at what we achieved last season at the Britannia Stadium. In many ways we won our title and it will be great for our fans and everyone connected to our club to have the chance to relive those memories."
The Spaniard is under no illusions, though, about what a tough task it will be to engineer a repeat against a side who sit comfortably in the top 10 despite the challenges of a first season of Europa League football.
Wigan, meanwhile, go into the game on the back of a 5-0 defeat against Manchester United, ending a run of eight points from five games, including clashes with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Martinez is a big fan of the job his opposite number Tony Pulis has done in the Potteries.
He said: "Full credit to Stoke. They're getting stronger and stronger, they're having real good success, they're getting financially more powerful and we all know they can score from nothing.
"They are the kings of the dead ball, but on top of that they're very well organised, they defend really well and they've got real quality going forward.
"They've got a real unity with their fans, they create a great atmosphere and when you go to the Britannia Stadium you know you have to be perfect.
"Looking at Stoke as a football club, from their training facilities and the manner they set strong foundations to their progression in the league.
"They've been consistently strong at home, they found a winning formula for themselves in the way they play and then to bring European success to the Britannia Stadium is a fantastic example for any other football club."
Martinez received a boost on Thursday when Conor Sammon's red card at Old Trafford was rescinded, meaning he will not have to serve a three-match ban and will be available at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke boss Pulis will assess the condition of Peter Crouch (illness) and midfielder Glenn Whelan (calf), while there will also be a fitness test for Robert Huth (knock). Ricardo Fuller (ankle) is expected to be available.
Stoke winger Matthew Etherington admits it will probably not be until he has retired that he is able to fully contemplate what the Staffordshire club have achieved in 2011 - and is focusing for now on trying to build on that success.
Pulis' side are currently eighth in the Premier League and through to the last 32 of the Europa League - a competition they qualified for via their FA Cup final appearance in May.
The manager has stressed that reflections upon those efforts should be left for another time, something echoed by Etherington, who is keen to "keep pushing on" in 2012.
"You probably don't take it all in - what has been achieved in 2011 - when you are still playing to be honest," Etherington told Stoke City Player.
"Only a couple of weeks ago, we had a little bit of a blip in form and we were all down in the dumps.
"But when you take a step back into reality and have a look at the football club today and then compare it to where it was a couple of years ago it's a phenomenal turnaround.
"Not in our wildest dreams could we have envisaged being in the position we are in today, but that is all credit to everyone connected to the club because we have all played a part.
"When I say that I mean the chairman, the manager, the players and, of course, the supporters."
He added: "I'm loving life here at Stoke; things couldn't really be going any better for us.
"It's important not to stand still and look at what we have achieved though because we want to keep pushing on.
"The time to reflect on our achievements will come when we retire."
Etherington added: "We want to keep this fantastic run going, and people may say that bettering this year won't be possible, but you ask any of the lads in the dressing room and they will tell you different."
Watson the man for Wigan
Ben Watson came off the bench to rescue a valuable point for 10-man Wigan in an ultimately thrilling 2-2 draw with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Victor Moses put the struggling Latics ahead on the stroke of half-time, but Gary Caldwell was then sent off for deliberate handball in the 76th minute and Jonathan Walters converted the resulting penalty to draw eighth-placed Stoke level.
When substitute Cameron Jerome - whose header had led to Caldwell's dismissal - put the hosts ahead with six minutes left, things looked bleak for Wigan, but Watson then scored a late penalty of his own - with his first touch - after Ryan Shotton had been penalised for a tug on Hugo Rodallega's shirt.
Roberto Martinez's side remain in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, but the Spaniard will surely take heart from the fight his side showed in salvaging something from the game.
The visitors had slipped a place to 19th by kick-off following Blackburn's sensational 3-2 victory at Old Trafford, and they were forced onto the back foot early on.
Jordi Gomez and Rodallega each warmed the palms of home goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen as Wigan settled, yet Stoke remained on top and Robert Huth headed narrowly wide from a Rory Delap throw-in.
Latics stopper Ali Al Habsi was soon inconvenienced by another Delap missile, before the veteran midfielder fired narrowly wide from 20 yards.
At the other end, Ronnie Stam was given the opportunity to shoot from distance and Sorensen had to be alert to tip away his dipping effort.
After the fit-again Andy Wilkinson had gone close for Stoke in an increasingly open game, Rodallega then latched onto a long ball and found himself through on goal, but Ryan Shawcross intervened with a crucial clearing header after the striker had lifted the ball over the onrushing Sorensen.
Huth then headed over from another set-piece and Marc Wilson tried his luck for the hosts with a long-range effort that sailed wide.
If that was ambitious, then Maynor Figueroa's subsequent shot from inside his own half represented the most optimistic of attempts, although the same player had scored from a similar distance at this ground in December 2009.
Stam prompted fury among the Stoke support - and earned himself a booking - shortly before the interval when he blasted the ball into the crowd after it had gone out of play.
Wigan then moved ahead in the 45th minute as Stam played in Rodallega down the right channel and the Colombian crossed for Moses to slot home with a clinical first-time finish into the roof of the net.
Stoke began the second half with renewed vigour, but were forced into a change in the 49th minute as Wilkinson limped off to be replaced by Shotton.
As had been the case in the opening period, the Latics weathered the early pressure and gradually settled into their stride.
Yet they survived a major let-off just before the hour mark when another long throw from Delap picked out Huth, whose firm header struck a post before bouncing back into the arms of a grateful Al Habsi.
Although Wigan were content to play largely on the counter, they retained an attacking threat and the impressive Mohamed Diame saw a 30-yard strike deflect narrowly off target before Rodallega nodded wide from a corner.
As the home supporters grew increasingly frustrated, Tony Pulis opted to introduce Jerome in place of Matthew Etherington with 17 minutes remaining and the move reaped immediate rewards.
After Peter Crouch had diverted a deep cross from the right back across the area, Jerome's goalbound header was blocked by the arm of Wigan skipper Caldwell, who was duly sent off.
Walters drilled the resulting penalty into the bottom-left corner and Stoke were soon pouring forward in search of a second.
Jerome was the man to provide it, the former Birmingham man slotting a cool finish into the far corner after flick-ons from Crouch and Walters had sent him clear.
However, Wigan were then awarded a penalty of their own after Shotton grabbed Rodallega's shirt in the box.
Watson climbed off the bench to take the spot-kick and the midfielder calmly sent Sorensen the wrong way with his first touch of the game.
Huth saw another header fly wide as the final whistle approached, while appeals for a second Stoke penalty were waved away after Shawcross took a tumble in stoppage-time.
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