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28 April 2018

Joe Pigott put the visitors ahead in the first half but Michael Jacobs replied with a good finish 20 minutes from time.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 1-1 AFC Wimbledon.
  • Michael Jacobs netted his 25th Latics goal in the second half.
  • Paul Cook's side remain top ahead of the final game of the season.

Jacobs 69'

Pigott 24'

Wigan Athletic's final home game of the season ended in a draw as Latics shared the spoils with AFC Wimbledon at the DW Stadium this afternoon.

The visitors opened the scoring midway through the first half when Lyle Taylor raced forward and fed Joe Pigott who slotted low past Christian Walton.

Latics responded with just over 20 minutes to go when Michael Jacobs strode forward into the area to beat George Long with a finish that deflected off a Wombles defender.

Two changes were made to the team that drew 1-1 at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, with Ryan Colclough and Will Grigg starting instead of Gavin Massey and James Vaughan.

Gary Roberts had the first chance of the game early on when Callum Elder’s low cross from the left was turned over by the forward as he raced onto the delivery.

Jacobs later saw a free kick from a good position well saved by visiting keeper Long after Ryan Colclough was tripped on the edge of the box.

Neal Ardley’s side went ahead with their first real chance of the game on 24 minutes when Taylor played Pigott in on goal to coolly slot the ball beyond Walton.

The lead could have been extended soon after when Dean Parrett burst down the left on the counter attack and forced Walton to tip the ball over from 18 yards.

Latics responded by creating a number of chances before the interval, with Roberts, Colclough and Dan Burn all spurning opportunities to pull their side level.

Grigg went close to an equaliser five minutes into the second period when he darted behind his marker to meet a cross from the left but couldn’t keep his effort down.

The tricky Colclough then blasted a shot over the bar as Cook made a double substitution on the hour by bringing on Vaughan and Nick Powell for Roberts and Max Power respectively.

Powell was involved almost immediately when he glided past a couple of challenges and forced Long into a good save at his near post.

Jacobs deservedly pulled his side back into the game on 69 minutes when good work from Vaughan and Grigg opened up the visiting defence for the winger to finish via a deflection.

Long kept the Dons in the game with two sublime saves shortly after, firstly denying Colclough’s volley from six yards and then Grigg’s effort from a corner.

Colclough was a real threat for Latics and almost completed the turnaround as he spun his man in the box but saw his low strike hit the side netting.

Wigan Athletic: Walton, Byrne, Elder, Morsy (Capt), Power (Powell 59), Grigg, Jacobs, Roberts (Vaughan 59), Dunkley, Colclough (Walker 82), Burn.

Subs: Jones, Perkins, Massey, Bruce.

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller (Capt), Meades (Egan 80), Oshilaja, Barcham (Kaja 79), Parrett, Soares, Kennedy, Charles, Taylor (Appiah 79), Pigott.

Subs: McDonnell, Robinson, Forrester, Sibbick.

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