Blues deny Clarets; Wigan win
A review of Wednesday night's action in the Sky Bet Championship, including Birmingham's dramatic draw with Burnley.
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The Clarets had appeared to have settled the game when Welsh international Sam Vokes gave the Clarets the lead for the third time in the game with an 86th minute goal - only for Macheda to notch his second goal of a thrilling encounter.
A cross from Tyler Blackett was back-headed by Lee Novak for Macheda to chest the ball into the net.
Burnley appeared to be heading for victory on several occasions but they reckoned without the tenacious spirit of the Birmingham side.
The Clarets, however, increased their unbeaten run to seven games to consolidate their second in the table place in the Sky Bet Championship.
Wednesday gave as good as they got for long periods against a lacklustre Latics outfit and they only had themselves to blame for not going into the break a goal to the good after Leon Best had a penalty of his own saved by Ali Al Habsi.
The home side picked up their game after the break, but it looked like it was going to be one of those days when substitute Callum McManaman fired inches wide of the post inside the final quarter.
But Wigan never gave up hope of breaking the deadlock, and were rewarded when Caolan Lavery tripped James Perch inside the box with 87 minutes on the clock.
And Gomez scored his second goal in the space of three days to lift Latics to seventh place, with two games still in hand.
Rovers' hopes of reaching the play-offs this season appear to be diminishing by the game after Grabban's 67th-minute strike consigned them to a third March loss on the spin.
Riga appeared to be on a hiding to nothing in front of a Valley faithful unhappy that controversial owner Roland Duchatelet had sacked club legend Chris Powell and replaced him with the unknown Belgian.