Latics pegged back by late Steve Cook goal to setup Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay at the DW Stadium later this month.
- Match Report: AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Wigan Athletic
- Will Grigg and Nick Powell gave Latics the lead
- Lys Mousset and stoppage time Steve Cook header see match finish level.
Latics were cruelly pegged back in second-half stoppage time at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, setting up an Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay at the DW Stadium later this month.
Goals from Will Grigg and Nick Powell gave Latics the lead at the Vitality Stadium but Lys Mousset and Steve Cook levelled for Bournemouth in the second-half.
The post-match talk will no doubt surround a late penalty claim for Latics’ Ivan Toney, who felt he was felled in the area when set to score a winner.
Latics recalled Max Power to the starting XI in place of Lee Evans, whilst Shaun MacDonald made his long-awaited return on the bench, nine months after breaking his leg at Reading in April, fittingly against his former club where he still remains a popular figure.
It was a dream start for Paul Cook’s side, who went ahead inside three minutes as Reece James’ cross was knocked down by Gavin Massey into the path of Grigg, who finished calmly for his 100th club career goal.
Naturally, the Premier League side responded and Latics were thankful to Christian Walton immediately as he denied Mousset’s close range strike with a superb reaction save before he combined with Dan Burn to clear another dangerous Bournemouth break.
Powell broke and fired wide from 25 yards before Mousset’s bicycle kick also went off target.
As the half hour approached, Latics doubled their advantage, Powell seeing his free-kick deflect off the wall and over Artur Boruc into the Cherries’ goal.
On the stroke of half-time, Walton was again the hero, albeit his near post save from Mahoney’s drive was far more comfortable than those he’d made earlier in the half.
Early in the second-half Walton was forced into another good save, denying Benik Afobe, however, the Cherries did get a goal back after ten second-half minutes as Mousset turned and fired home inside the area.
Latics, to their credit, didn’t just sit in and protect the lead, with substitute Toney dragging wide from a deep James cross before Power twice saw efforts go wide of the goal from the edge of the area.
As the game entered its final five minutes, Walton kept Latics’ lead intact with a superb save from Ryan Fraser’s curling free-kick.
In the final minute, Latics looked to have won a penalty as Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy superbly started a counter for Toney, who rounded Boruc and looked to be set to tap in before going to ground under the challenge of Smith.
The leveller for the hosts came in stoppage time as a deep cross was headed in by Cook, setting up a replay at the DW Stadium later this month.
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Surman (Capt), Afobe (Wilson 70), B.Smith (Pugh 45), A.Smith, Hyndman, Mahoney (Ibe 45), Fraser, Mousset
Subs: Federici, Gosling, Simpson, Butcher.
Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Power; Massey (Roberts 82), Powell (Perkins 55), Jacobs; Grigg (Toney 65)
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, MacDonald, Hunt