Peter Crouch’s header secured a point for Stoke City from an entertaining 2-2 with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
The home side were 1-0 up just five minutes thanks to Shaun Maloney’s penalty after Robert Huth had handled but they conceded a spot-kick in similar circumstances five minutes before the break, Maynor Figueroa being penalised and Jon Walters converting.
Franco Di Santo’s goal on the break five minutes into the second half put the hosts back in front but Crouch levelled in the 76th minute to ensure the Potters’ third draw from three league matches this season.
The hosts exerted some early pressure and after James McCarthy had seen his shot strike Huth’s hand in the area, referee Martin Atkinson awarded a spot-kick that Maloney tucked away, sending Asmir Begovic the wrong way.
Wigan appealed for another penalty just before the quarter-hour mark, with Di Santo appearing to be sandwiched by Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson but Atkinson ruled the infringement to be on the part of the Latics player.
Martinez’s men kept pressing with crosses into the box and the ball just not quite falling for Arouna Kone but they were disrupted by an enforced change in the 28th minute as the injured Jean Beausejour was replaced by David Jones.
Stoke issued a warning soon after, with Geoff Cameron shooting wide from distance, and the visitors then made an early substitution of their own, with deadline-day signing Charlie Adam coming on for Wilkinson.
The Potters were finding some rhythm and after an Adam free-kick had caused a goalmouth scramble, the away side drew level. Again it came from a handball in the area, Figueroa the culprit as Crouch tried to get past him and Walters stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Ali Al-Habsi.
Stoke finished the half strongly with Marc Wilson’s volley deflected against the bar but Wigan began the second period as they had the opening one, netting early on to restore their lead.
A counter-attack move put Kone through on goal and he laid the ball off to Di Santo, who fired in.
The Potters responded with Michael Kightly drilling in to Al-Habsi’s arms but Wigan continued to attack and after Kone had just failed to find the right pass following a run into the box, Emmerson Boyce struck an effort wide.
Having weathered the storm, Stoke hit back and Walters met a long ball at the back post but could not keep his shot down. Crouch then provided the equaliser with 14 minutes remaining, leaping to nod in Walters’ cross.
The momentum was with Stoke again and after Al-Habsi produced a save to deny substitute Cameron Jerome, he pulled off a superb one to keep the ball out when Adam’s free-kick deflected off Gary Caldwell.
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