KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 20, 2018
Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic blew their chance for a win while Lynden Gooch helped Sunderland to a shutout vicotry over Scunthorpe.
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Nottingham Forest
Wigan could not hold on to their slim lead as they surrendered a stoppage time goal to shar the points with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.
Robinson started the game for the Latics and played the entire 90 minutes of the contest.
The host started out of the gate early as they scored the opener just two minutes into the game. Nick Powell, who has been on a scoring tear since the start of the new season found the back of the net with a header from a Lee Evans corner kick.
However, Forest found the equalizer eight minutes later when Wigan midfielder Sam Morsy lost control of the ball, allowing Joao Carvalho to take possession and set up teammate Matty Cash to score.
Wigan regained the lead at the half-hour mark when William Grigg converted from the penalty spot after Ben Osborn brought down the forward in the area.
The Latics did well to hold on to their lead for much of the second half, and Robinson was unlucky to miss out on an opportunity to extend it, but their chance to claim all three points were under threat when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty.
Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton did well to save Lewis Grabban's penalty, but El Arbi Soudani followed up to put away the rebound and level the score.
Wigan now sits in 12th place in the standings with four points.
Sunderland 3-0 Scunthorpe United
Sunderland played the best they have in quite awhile as they came away with a comfortable win over Scunthorpe United at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats put the game away early as they scored all three goals in the first half.
Max Power opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he headed in a cross from teammate Bryan Oviedo.
Oviedo would be the provider once again three minutes later when sent a pass to Josh Maja before he turned on his marker to fire his shot past Scunthorpe goalkeeper Rory Watson.
Chris Maguire rounded out the scoring for Sunderland just before halftime when Gooch's low cross found the Scotsman to tap the ball home from close range.
The win puts Sunderland in fourth place in the League One standings with seven points.
Eric Lichaj started for Hull City as they remain winless following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.