Late leveller for Wigan concludes thriller against Scunthorpe
Wigan Athletic lost ground on the top of League One as they rescued a point in an epic 3-3 draw against Scunthorpe United at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
The Latics could only gain salvage a draw in what was their 400th league match at the DW Stadium, as substitute Gary Roberts made it all square four minutes before the end.
Wigan went ahead through Chey Dunkley's header but the home side were pegged back soon after as Tom Hopper equalised.
Paul Cook's side then took the lead again through Will Grigg but in a similar situation to the first, Hopper made it 2-2 with a quick reply.
Former Latics loanee Ivan Toney came back to haunt his ex-teammates, as he put United in front for the first time. However, Roberts, who came off the bench just minutes before, scored the goal that saw the game conclude 3-3.
In terms of team news, David Perkins and Reece James came back into the Wigan side, as Gavin Massey was dropped to the bench whilst Callum Elder was rested.
For Scunthorpe, on-loan Newcastle striker Ivan Toney made his return to the DW Stadium after he played for the Latics earlier on in the season.
Wigan started the game well with constant pressure inside Scunthorpe's half.
The first chance fell to Will Grigg as Max Power's deflected shot found the Irishman in the penalty area but his shot on the half volley just went wide.
Power then worked well with David Perkins to find Byrne on the right side. The right back's cross met the head of Michael Jacobs but his effort went over.
The home side's chances paid off in the 12th minute as Chey Dunkley headed past former Latics man Matt Gilks. Power's corner was greeted by the centre back whose glancing header beat the keeper and found the back of the net to give Wigan the lead.
However, Scunthorpe replied three minutes later through Tom Hopper. The striker's header looped over Christian Walton from close range, as he was denied by the post just seconds before.
Wigan responded well to United's equaliser as Power's deliveries into the box caused all sorts of problems in the Iron's line. His corner was headed over the bar by Dunkley before a powerful cross fizzled past the goal line.
Two minutes before the break, Wigan fired back in front through Will Grigg. The striker's shot from inside the box deflected off a Scunthorpe defender and ended up in the back of the net with Gilks watching on.
Jacobs almost gave his side a comfortable lead as his 30-yard strike forced a save from Gilks on his left post.