Stoke started the brighter of the two sides and the Potters had an early effort on the Wigan goal when McClean picked out Powell in the area, but his header came crashing back off the crossbar. On the 20 minutes mark, Cheyenne Dunkley was left unmarked from an inswinging corner and the defender’s header was just inches away from nestling in the City net. With just over five minutes remained in the half, the visitors took the lead. Butland came rushing out the clear a Wigan attack, only for his clearance to come back off Edwards and drop to Morsy. The Latics skipper duly rolled the ball home first time with Butland stranded.
Nine minutes into the second period and the Potters had their goal and the scores were level. Ryan Woods put a great ball into the six yard area from a free kick and Danny Batth was on hand to steer the ball into the Wigan net. Stoke were still looking the more likely side to find the second. Ward swung in a perfect cross, just ahead of McClean, but substitute Sam Vokes couldn’t guide the ball into the net. City came close again when Ince was denied by an excellent save by Marshall after McClean’s low delivery, but with time running out, a long ball was not cleared and with the ball bobbling around in the Wigan penalty area, substitute Diouf was on hand to tap the ball into the net with great scenes ensuing around the bet365 Stadium. A proper “mental” as Stoke fans say. Diouf was booked for removing his shirt, but who could blame him. Special word for McClean, man of the match and his best performance in a Stoke shirt
On to Cardiff, 6 points from 6 for the revitalised Potters and the new manager