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MIDDLESBROUGH V WIGAN ATHLETIC 2006

28 January 2014

Take a look back at Wigan Athletic’s last victory at the Riverside Stadium.

As we build-up to tonight’s big game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, we focus on the 2006 meeting with last minute drama and a goal each for two players on their Wigan Athletic debuts.

Middlesbrough 2 Wigan Athletic 3
Premier League
Saturday 21 January 2006
Riverside Stadium

MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Hasselbaink 56
Yakubu 66

WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Roberts 3
Thompson 29
Mellor 90

A last gasp winner from debutant Neil Mellor moves Latics level on points with fifth place Arsenal and just four points from the Champions League places in the Premier League.

Mellor’s top drawer performance came hand-in-hand with another debut goal scorer as David Thompson (two days after signing for the club) netted Latics’ second goal.

Jason Roberts gave Latics the initial lead, with Thompson’s doubling the tally, but two poorly defended corners allowed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Yakubu to level the game, before Mellor provided the drama in the final moments.

Paul Jewell’s Latics went into the game during a golden period of the season, having just beaten Leeds United on penalties in the FA Cup, and with the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on the horizon.

A victory was crucial to maintaining momentum and three minutes into the match, captain on the day Roberts made the hosts pay with the opening goal.

Thompson and Mellor combined with one touch passing to feed Roberts in on goal and with a swift volley too powerful for Boro ‘keeper Brad Jones, Latics were ahead with Roberts scoring his third goal in a week.

A second goal beckoned and on 29 minutes Mellor and Thompson were involved again.

Mellor spread the ball wide to Gary Teale who whipped in a cross from the right wing to find Thompson ghosting in front of his marker and heading home for 2-0.

Latics looked to be cruising to another three points, but two Stewart Downing corners later and they came unstuck.

The first, on 56 minutes, saw Downing deliver from the right with Hasselbaink using his power to thump home a header from close range at the near post.

Downing was at it again 10 minutes later and once more Latics were undone at the front post, with a deflection diverting the ball into the path of Yakubu at close range to prod home for 2-2.

With the wind in Boro’s sails Latics had a battle on their hands, but one which they would eventually win.

The clock was ticking and Latics needed a magic touch, so up stepped a combination of Jimmy Bullard, Roberts and Mellor to provide.

Bullard’s second attempt to cross from the right was cutely flicked between legs by Roberts and in ran Mellor for the timely close range finish to make it 3-2.

A day for debuts was sealed with three points as Latics’ march in the Premier League continued.

Middlesbrough: Jones, Bates (Johnson 32), Riggott (Ehiogu 27), Parnaby, Southgate, Pogatetz, Cattermole, Downing, Parlour, Yakubu, Viduka (Hasselbaink 45)
Unused subs: Schwarzer, Doriva

Latics: Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, Baines, Thompson (Johansson 89), Bullard, Scharner, Kavanagh, Teale, Mellor, Roberts
Unused subs: Filan, Jackson, Francis, Skoko

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