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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:07 24th November 2012
By  Nick Taylor

REPORT: LATICS 3 READING 2

Jordi Gomez's perfect second half hat trick sealed a memorable three points at the DW Stadium as Latics ran out 3-2 winners against Reading.

The Spaniard netted with his right foot, then a diving header and finally his left foot to crown a sensational performance.

Roberto Martinez had to make three changes for the game after injuries at last week's match at Anfield with hat trick hero Gomez coming in alongside David Jones and Ronnie Stam.

Latics dominated the game in the opening exchanges but once again caught the curse at home as Reading forced themselves in front with a powerful header for Sean Morrison from Nicky Shorey's free kick.

Half time looked gloomy for the home faithful but when Franco Di Santo surged down the left and played in a low and powerful cross, Gomez pounced but saw his shot parried by Adam Federici only to lift the ball over the keeper and into the roof of the net.

The goal kicked the game into life and soon Gomez had done it again.

Another great move down the left was started as the scorer played in Jean Beausejour down the wing.

The Chilean international whipped in the ball left footed and Gomez timed his run to perfection to dive in and head the ball home.

Latics had done it, they'd turned the game on its head and looked comfortable but, a moment of misfortune threatened to spoil the afternoon.

After an attempted cross from the right cannoned up into the air, Ali Al Habsi looked to tip the ball over the bar but, caught it lightly and onto the bar.

The ball bounced off him and nestled into the net giving Reading a freak equaliser.

It was a game that was only going to garner one winner and the pressure in the final third from Latics was top notch all match.

In the 92nd minute and with just moments to spare Gomez sent the fans into raptures.

Arouna Kone's power and pace on the break was immense as he ran down the left, cutting back and placing the ball into the box for Gomez to side foot high into the net, leaving Federici with no chance.

Latics fought gallantly all game and got what they deserved as a chorus of 'I'm a Believer' rang out on the final whistle.