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Posted Tue 16 Aug 16 at 21:58 PM

Report: Wigan Athletic 1 Blues 1

Craig Davies’ late goal denied Blues a second successive away win.

David Davis’ first-half goal from a saved Clayton Donaldson penalty gave Blues the lead and Gary Rowett's side looked to be holding on with minutes remaining.

But Davies, who came on as a 84 minute substitute, swept home at the far post to deny Blues another three points.

Nevertheless, Blues remain unbeaten in the league this season and can look ahead to a tasty derby against Wolves this Saturday.

Gary Rowett named an unchanged team from the one that beat Leeds United 2-1 on Saturday.

Blues look settled in their familiar style with Wigan trying to throw bodies forward at the earliest opportunity.

David Perkins could have done better early on with a thrashed effort that went high over the bar after five minutes, but Blues pushed forward and had a great chance of their own.

Jacques Maghoma cut inside from the left and unleashed a powerful effort, which Adam Bogdan parried.

Donaldson, who was on the last defender reacted and at full stretch saw his effort cannon off the bar and bounce clear.

Both sides looked comfortable for the remainder of the half with neither side creating significant chances.

But again it was Blues who created an opportunity right at the end of the first-half.

Donaldson raced onto Gleeson’s pass and nicked the ball ahead of Bogdan, who brought down the striker for a clear penalty.

In a chorus of boos, Donaldson’s rolled penalty was saved by Bogdan to his left but Davis, who reacted the quickest was able to divert into the corner.

Blues started the second-half brightly, but they thanked Ryan Shotton for an excellent covering tackle as Perkins looked to race through on goal.

David Cotterill could have made it 2-0 when he was given plenty of space in the right side of the area, but his shot clipped the bar and went over.

Wigan continued to press forward and Kuszczak made a good save to tip Nick Powell’s moving effort over the bar.

Both manager’s made a host of changes, which led to a wide open end-to-end contest.

Blues were looking to find pace on the counter and they seemed to have defended stoutly enough to secure another fantastic away win.

But with the clock ticking Wigan equalised.

Will Grigg got in behind and his cross-shot was turned in at the far post by a stretching Davies.

Four minutes were signalled and Wigan could have won it with seconds remaining, but Tomasz Kuszczak made a terrific tipped save to deny Powell.

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