Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/23/13
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Wigan Athletic moved out of the relegation zone as they eased to their first league win in seven games after beating Reading 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium. Arouna Kone struck twice in two minutes at the end of the first half to give Roberto Martinez's side the advantage. Maynor Figueroa added a third early in the second half, and when Pavel Pogrebnyak was sent off on 55 minutes, Reading's slim hopes all but disappeared. The two clubs' situation led to a tense first half with chances at a premium, although Wigan started brightly, with Franco Di Santo forcing Adam Federici into a fine save low to his right after just five minutes. Reading asserted themselves for the bulk of the first period, but their pressure was not translated into meaningful chances, with lone striker Pogrebnyak shackled by Paul Scharner. The home side's Australian goalkeeper maintained the status quo with another good save after Wigan upped their game, punching away Kone's shot from close range after the strike...
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