The League One club secured a deserved two goal cushion against Wigan Athletic but the Premier League team turned the tide in the second half and rescued a draw as their manager Roberto Martinez made crucial changes to galvanise his hitherto listless players into action befitting their status.
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The veteran Lee Hughes was presented with several first half chances by woeful Wigan defending, the only surprise being that he managed to convert one of them when he brushed aside a truly pitiful challenge by Antonio Amaya to slide his 20th goal of the season beneath debut goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic in the 26th minute.
The Spanish centre back compounded with his personal nightmare when his error led to a free kick which Ben Davies curled up and over the defensive wall and into the bottom corner beyond the sluggish Stojkovic.
Amaya's failure to re-appear after the interval could be seen as a mercy substitution and Wigan at last began to pass the ball with some conviction. A slick 1-2 between Hugo Rodallega and Jason Scotland released the latter whose left foot finish accounted for his first goal for the club since his move from Swansea City in the summer.
Suitably invigorated, Wigan searched for an equaliser and were rewarded when substitute Charles N'Zogbia's corner was headed by Titus Bramble back across the six yard area where another substitute, Ben Watson, nudged the ball over the line.