Spoils shared at the DW

Jonathan Walters, left, equalised for Stoke on a hectic afternoon

Jonathan Walters, left, equalised for Stoke on a hectic afternoon

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Peter Crouch's header earned Stoke a 2-2 draw from an entertaining clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The Latics were 1-0 up just five minutes in thanks to Shaun Maloney's penalty but when they conceded a spot-kick five minutes before the break, which Jon Walters converted.

Franco Di Santo put the hosts back in front but Crouch levelled in the 76th minute to ensure the Potters' third successive league draw.

Wigan started well and after James McCarthy's shot struck Robert Huth's hand in the area, referee Martin Atkinson awarded a spot-kick and Maloney sent Asmir Begovic the wrong way. Wigan were denied another penalty when Di Santo appeared to be sandwiched by Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson but was instead penalised himself.

Geoff Cameron shot wide for Stoke, who then made an early substitution as deadline day signing Charlie Adam replaced Wilkinson in a tactical reshuffle.

It paid dividends as, after Adam's free-kick caused a goalmouth scramble, the Staffordshire outfit drew level. Again it came from a handball in the area, Maynor Figueroa the culprit as Crouch tried to get past him, and Walters slotted the penalty past Ali Al Habsi.

Marc Wilson's volley was deflected against the bar but Wigan began the second period as they had the first, with an early goal. Arouna Kone ran clear and as Wilson tackled back he teed up Di Santo, who fired in.

Walters slid in at the back post but could not keep his shot down but Crouch equalised with 14 minutes remaining, leaping to nod in Walters' cross.

Al Habsi denied substitute Cameron Jerome and then pulled off a superb save when Adam's free-kick deflected off Gary Caldwell.

Shawcross' clean tackle on Wigan substitute Ryo Miyaichi drew late penalty appeals, but Atkinson rightly waved play on before blowing the full-time whistle.

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