Shaun Maloney and Jonathan Walters net penalties for either side in the opening half at the DW Stadium.
Both Wigan Athletic and Stoke City converted penalties in the opening 45 minutes at the DW Stadium this afternoon.
The Latics had the opportunity to open the scoring in the fifth minute when Robert Huth was adjudged to have handled Shaun Maloney's shot.
Maloney himself stepped up and coolly sent Asmir Begovic the wrong way to give Wigan the lead.
Wigan almost had a second midway through the half when Emerson Boyce scuffed a shot, with Arouna Kone unable to poke home in the area.
Jean Beausejour had to go off for the home side following a clash of heads, with David Jones coming on in place of the Chilean.
Stoke got the equaliser four minutes before the break when Maynor Figueroa handled in the area, with Jonathan Walters applying the finish from 12 yards.
Result: Nottingham Forest 1-4 Wigan >