The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Hat-trick hero Gomez spares Wigan keeper's blushes


LONDON (AFP) - Spanish striker Jordi Gomez hit a hat-trick to give Wigan a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Reading after an atrocious blunder by goalkeeper Ali al Habsi appeared to have gifted the visitors a share of the points.

Gomez, restored to the side after two defeats, hit three clinically-taken second half goals, the winner coming in stoppage time.

But 10 minutes from the end, al Habsi had one of those moments all keepers dread as Reading striker Jason Roberts bustled his way into the area and found Hal Robson-Kanu in space only for the winger's shot to be deflected up into the air.

Al Habsi could only stand and watch in horror as the ball dropped earthwards in what looked like slow motion, then let it slip from his grasp and trickle over the line.