- Venue:The JJB Stadium
- Referee:Marriner, A
Full Time: Wigan 1-1 Stoke. A well fought encounter ends in a draw as Tuncay's header cancels out Scharner's early opener.
Etherington slides the ball across goal from the left byline and picks out Beattie who thumps it goalbound. The strike seems destined for the corner but Kirkland makes a fine diving save to keep the scores level.
Lawrence takes a corner from the right hand side, it is partially cleared, falls for Etherington on the edge of the box but he strikes well wide of the mark.
Liam Lawrence is on for Sanli Tuncay.
James Beattie comes on for Mamady Sidibe.
A speculative drive from Gomez from some thirty yards takes a deflection and wins the home side a corner. N'Zogbia delivers but the corner is comfortably dealt with by Stoke.
With the two teams on terms neither side is able to penetrate effectively and possession is constantly changing hands in the middle of the park.
Moreno is on for Diame.
Wigan can't put together a forward move at the moment and concede a free-kick that Higginbotham will look to strike at goal. The full-back takes the shot on but he makes a mess of it and WIgan can clear easily.
Etherington is involved again and Wigan are under pressure! Etherington crosses for Fuller who heads it back to Sidibe but his headed effort is denied by the crossbar.
WIGAN 1-1 STOKE. Fuller's cross from the right byline is headed clear but only as far as Etherington. He turns the ball back into the box and finds TUNCAY who heads home from eight yards.
Sidibe flicks a crossfield pass into Fuller on the right side of the box. Fuller controls and shoots from a tight angle but Kirkland saves with his leg. Fuller gets the ball back and picks out Tuncay but he scuffs his shot and Wigan clear.
Hugo Rodallega trips Shawcross rather petulantly and earns himself a caution.
N'Zogbia works a throw into the feet of Gomez and gets the return pass before looking to cross for Rodallega but Huth blocks the ball before it gets into the box.
A long ball from Caldwell is brought down smartly by Rodallega before he strikes an overhead kick towards goal but the effort hits the bar and goes over. That was a fine acrobatic effort from Rodallega.
Stoke win a free-kick just inside the Wigan half and work the ball into Etherington on the right edge of the box but his cross is shut down and Wigan can clear.
Wigan concede possession deep in their own half and are almost made to pay as Tuncay shoots from the edge of the box but it is deflected wide. The resulting corner is easily dealt with by a Wigan defence that has been solid all game.
Jordi Gomez is introduced as Jason Scotland makes way.
Fuller comes on for Delap as Tony Pulis probes for an equaliser.
Higginbotham plays a raking pass from left to right as he looks to pick out Whelan in behind the Wigan defence but the ball is just too high for the Irishman and Wigan have a throw.
James McCarthy limps off injured and is replaced by Hendry Thomas.
Stoke have a free-kick just inside the Wigan half and opt to launch it long into the box. The ball finds Huth at the back post and he nods it back across goal but it is behind Tuncay and Wigan clear.
Delap launches a long-throw into the box but Rodallega heads it away and Scotland breaks for Wigan. Scotland crosses from the byline and Huth has to concede a corner but the ball in is easily dealt with.
A rather bizarre moment here as one of Figueroa's contact lenses comes out and Boyce and the referee have to help him put it back in.
The second period gets underway.
Halftime: Wigan 1-0 Stoke. The halftime whistle goes and Wigan go into the lead ahead thanks to Scharner's header. The home side could well have been further ahead but the visitors have created chances of their own.
Huth fouls Rodallega. That's another caution for the Stoke side.
N'Zogbia again has the chance to deliver from the corner after Rodallega's shot was turned wide. The ball finds Scharner unmarked, six yards from goal but his header goes centimetres wide of the upright. What a chance to double the lead!
Stoke make a rapid coutner attack and Tuncay plays a slick one-two with Etherington and fires goalbound but his effort is straight at Kirkland from just inside the box.
N'Zogbia sends a corner in from the right, the ball drops to Scotland but his snap shot is blocked behind for another corner. N'Zogbia delivers again but the whistle is blown for a foul on Sorensen.
Wigan are under pressure at the moment. Shawcross sends the ball into the box from the left byline, Tuncay flicks it onto Sidibe at the back post but the striker shoots well wide.
Robert Huth strikes the free-kick towards goal but drives it into the wall. The ball drops for Shawcross in the box but he turns it wide from ten yards.
Tuncay runs towards the box and is brought down by Caldwell and wins a free-kick. Caldwell is cautioned.
Sidibe wins a free-kick thirty yards from goal after a partially cleared Stoke corner. Glenn Whelan certainly has the ability to score from this range, he steps up but strikes it high and wide. Not enough dip or curl on that one.
Diame cuts onto his favored right foot and looks to shoot but Shawcross blocks. The rebound falls kindly for Boyce but he fires it high and wide from twenty-five yards out.
Wigan earn a free-kick thirty yards from goal - Charles N'Zogbia takes and strikes for goal but the effort goes high over the crossbar to a round of jeers from the visiting fans.
Kirkland collects a poor free-kick from Delap and sets Wigan away on the break. N'Zogbia makes an agressive run into the Stoke half before slipping it back to Scotland but his shot from the edge of the box is charged down by Shawcross.
A game that has certainly begun brightly remains a scrapy affair in the midfield. The two sides are certainly not renowned for their fluent passing football. Sorry Stoke fans.
Stoke have a free-kick a long way from goal so it will be tossed into the box by Etherington. The ball drops for Whitehead in the box but the midfielder is off balance as he strikes it and sends it well wide.
WIgan continue to come forward and this time it's McCarthy who looks to test Sorensen but his long range effort sails straight into the arms of the keeper.
WIGAN 1-0 STOKE. N'Zogbia delivers the free-kick from the left hand side and the ball comes in at pace. SCHARNER comes onto the ball and meets it with a confident header that finds the corner.
Etherington brings down Scharner and becomes the second Stoke player to be booked.
Sorensen is a busy man at the minute. Boyce crosses from the right but the keeper is off his line swiftly to gather but Stoke quickly lose possession. Diame crosses again and this time Sorensen punches clear.
Wigan break forward and the ball is sent long to Scotland but he scuffs his effort and is lucky to win a corner after a deflection. The corner comes in from the right but comes to nothing.
This looks familiar - Delap winds up a long-throw in from the left hand side some thirty yards from goal. He launches it into the box but none of the Stoke players are able to get on the end of it and Kirkland can collect.
Rodallega himself will take the free-kick and opts to strike for goal from long range but Wilkinson is in the path of the ball and the shot is blocked.
Rodallega is tripped by Shawcross and earns himself a caution in the opening ten minutes. He will have to be careful from now on.
Rodallega picks the ball up in the Stoke half and looks to play Scharner in on the left hand side of the area but the South American overhits the pass and the ball travels harmlessly out of play.
Stoke press in the early moments as they look to set the tone for the game. Glenn Whelan tries a snap shot from just outside the box but Scharner gets a block in before the effort can reach the goal.
Andre Marriner gets the game underway.
Tony Pulis pairs Sidibe and Tuncay in attack and a familar midfield four of Delap, Wheland, Whitehead and Etherington playing infront of a strong back four. Shawcross will play in the centre of defence with Huth while Wilkinson plays at right back.
Jason Scotland will lead the line for the home side today with support coming from the trio of McCarthy, N'Zogbia and Rodallega. Diame and Scharner will anchor the midfield and Caldwell and Bramble play in the centre of defence.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Delap, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Sanli, Sidibe
Wigan: Kirkland, Boyce, Bramble, Caldwell, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Diame, Rodallega, Scotland, McCarthy
Hello and welcome to the DW Stadium where Wigan Athletic take on Stoke City with both sides looking to improve their league position with three points tonight.
Wigan Athletic welcome Stoke City to the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening with the two teams looking to further ease their quest to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
Roberto Martinez's Latics side are just two points above the drop-zone after their 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Saturday but Stoke, thanks to their excellent 3-0 home success over Blackburn Rovers, are a healthy eight points clear of the dreaded bottom three.
Tony Pulis continues to guide his unfashionable Potters side towards the top half of the table as they go about their business without fuss but Wigan's plight will be concerning Martinez.
They have won just one of their last nine league fixtures and are rapidly becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap.
Stoke are in fine form, they have now beatenBlackburn and Fulham and held Sunderland and Liverpool to draws in their last four games, to propel themselves into a more lofty position.
Matthew Etherington was at the heart of everything at the weekend and scored the third goal in the comprehensive success over a poor Blackburn side.
The left winger's form will be pleasing Pulis as the former West Ham United star tries to overcome well-publicised gambling problems.
Only Amady Faye (back) is unavailable for City ahead of the midweek clash in what is an otherwise full-strength squad for Pulis.
Martinez can go one better, he has no injury concerns at present, which must be a novelty at this stage of the season.
Last term's meeting was a dour goalless draw and the paying public will be hoping for a little more action this time.
Sanli Tuncay headed a second-half equaliser to earn Stoke City a thoroughly deserved 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
City trailed to Paul Scharner's early header but piled forward after the restart and a combination of Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and poor finishing denied them a rare win on the road.
Wigan flew out of the traps and Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross was booked for clattering into Hugo Rodallega after just seven minutes.
Charles N'Zogbia then had a shot deflected wide before Latics took the lead in the 14th minute.
N'Zogbia delivered a superb free-kick into the box and Scharner rose highest to head past Thomas Sorensen.
Three minutes later Sorensen denied Scharner a second before Stoke finally came to life on the half hour with Danny Higginbotham and Robert Huth both having shots blocked.
Tuncay then forced a save from Kirkland, but Wigan ended the half on top with Scharner heading just inches wide.
Stoke started the second half with real intent and Tuncay should have equalised in the 53rd minute.
Huth nodded down a long ball into the box and the Turkey striker found space but couldn't force his shot beyond Kirkland.
Wigan were happy to sit back on their lead but almost added a second on 66 minutes when Rodallega tried an outrageous overhead kick from a tight angle but was unlucky to see his shot dip onto the bar and over.
But Stoke made the most of that let off and were level 16 minutes from time.
Substitute Ricardo Fuller linked up with Matthew Etherington and his cross found Tuncay to head past Kirkland.
And they almost had a second soon after when another Etherington cross was nodded back by Fuller but Mamady Sidibe headed against the bar.
City piled forward in the closing stages and almost grabbed all of the points in injury time.
Another Etherington cross caused chaos in the box but substitute's James Beattie's shot was superbly saved by Kirkland.
Shots off target