Wigan got out of jail with a stoppage-minute equaliser to rescue an opening-day 2-2 draw against Reading
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Oriol Riera's first goal in English football gave Wigan Athletic their first Sky Bet Championship victory of the season, beating Blackpool 1-0.
The scoreline was hugely flattering to the Seasiders, who were on the back foot for virtually the whole game and offered very little going forward.
Richard Dunne has urged QPR to seize their second chance when they face Wigan for a place at Wembley on Monday night.
Big-spending Rangers were the favourites to win the Sky Bet Championship title this season but they faltered after a bright start and had to settle for the lottery of the play-offs.
Both they and Wigan are seeking an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League and the semi-final is delicately poised after a forgettable goalless draw at the DW Stadium on Friday.
– QPR defender Richard Dunne
We wanted to win the league to start with, then we wanted to try to get that second place.
As the season's gone on we've been lucky I suppose that we've had a second chance but come Monday there are no second chances, it's all or nothing.
Whatever pressure is on us, it's important we rise to it and don't be afraid of it. It's good to have a bit of pressure and excitement about how big the game is.
Wigan have had games in Europe, FA Cup finals and semi-finals over the last couple of years so I don't think our experience outweighs theirs by much, if at all.
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is not prepared to engage in "pressure bingo" ahead of their meeting with QPR as two of last year's relegated sides bid to be instantly restored to the Barclays Premier League.
– Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
What we have now is 'pressure bingo'.
I was preparing myself today and thinking 'I'm not going in that direction'. But when Harry says we are the clear favourites for promotion then I have to smile a little bit about that one.
Harry said we have the best squad - I think we have a very good squad - but Harry has probably three times a bigger wage budget than we have.
Every team that's in the play-offs deserves to be in the play-offs. We face in QPR a team with a lot of experience, a lot of Premier League quality in their squad and they can raise their standards on the day like we can.
Wigan have been fined £40,000 by the Football Association for breaching agent regulations.
The Latics admitted a charge in relation to their signing of Marc-Antoine Fortune in July, with the conduct of agent Willie McKay going against FA regulations.
The FA confirmed in a statement that an independent regulatory commission hearing had fined the football club, while McKay has "had his overseas agent registration suspended for nine months", with the punishment "stayed for a period of two years".
Callum McManaman's quick-fire strike booked Wigan their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs by securing a 1-0 win that has left Birmingham City on the brink of relegation to League One.
McManaman struck with his fourth goal of the season - and his second in the last four games - after he caught Birmingham napping in only the third minute at St Andrew's.
But for Birmingham, only three years after winning the league cup when they beat Arsenal at Wembley, they are now staring into the relegation abyss following an 18th successive Championship home game without a win stretching back to October.
Blackpool earned a priceless victory in their fight against the drop as they shocked play-off chasing Wigan 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Latics could have booked their place in the top six with a victory, but Uwe Rosler's men were below-par across the board and squandered an excellent opportunity to take the lead when Martyn Waghorn saw his penalty saved midway through the first half.
Goals after half-time from Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie sealed victory for the visitors, who completed a double over their Lancashire rivals.
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