• Date: Wed 17 February 2010
  • Venue: DW Stadium
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 18,089

Wigan Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Gary Caldwell, G
Paul Scharner
Titus Bramble (Jason Scotland, 51)
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame
Marcelo Moreno (Victor Moses, 80)
Hugo Rodallega

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba
Matt Taylor (Jack Wilshere, 87)
Ricardo Gardner (Tamir Cohen, 84)
Chung-Yong Lee (Vladimir Weiss, 70)
Johan Elmander
Kevin Davies, K

Match Report
Matt Taylor was guilty of missing chances as Bolton Wanderers remained in the Premier League drop-zone following a goalless draw against Wigan Athletic. The Trotters midfielder twice failed to hit the target with clear-cut opportunities as Owen Coyle's men moved them up to 18th following the draw - just one point from safety. Wigan - who are now seven games without a win - handed a full debut to Bolivia international Marcelo Moreno and they were the brighter side early on, with Charles N'Zogbia testing home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in the opening minute. Coyle's men - who sat second bottom in the Premier League before the game - hit back with Chung-Yong Lee and Taylor both firing wide from outside the box. But it was former Newcastle winger N'Zogbia who was causing all the problems and he rattled the woodwork in the 21st minute with keeper Jaaskelainen beaten. Despite the Latics' pressure, Bolton could easily have taken the lead five minutes before half-time when Lee's cross almost found the head of striker Johan Elmander, but defender Gary Caldwell made the decisive intervention. Swedish striker Elmander was proving a livewire for Wanderers after the break and Caldwell again was in the right place at the right time to clear the danger. Elmander was involved again soon after as he latched on to Kevin Davies' flick-on and teed up Taylor, but his effort shaved the outside of keeper Chris Kirkland's post. Taylor squandered another chance soon after as he fired into the sidenetting as time started to run out for Bolton. The game became stretched and Wigan - who threw on recent signing Victor Moses up front - could have broken the deadlock with ten minutes remaining, but Hugo Rodallega's speculative overhead kick flew over the bar. And despite a late surge from Bolton, Wigan held firm and it finished goalless at the DW Stadium.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The referee blows the whistle for full time

90

Cohen heads the ball over the bar but it took a deflection and Bolton have a corner, which nearly falls to Sam Ricketts on the edge of the box but Wigan break instead

90

There are 3 minutes of added time still to play

88

Wilshere tries to get past Melchiot but he's tripped by McCarthy and N'Zogbia ends up with the ball. He picks out Rodallega, who strikes the ball into the side netting

86
Substitution
 

Jack Wilshere comes on for Taylor

86

Weiss plays in a low cross but the ball rolls through harmlessly to Kirkland, who takes his time before clearing it

83
Substitution
 

Gardner is replaced by Tamir Cohen

83

Gardner tees up Taylor, who strikes the ball with his left foot but his attempt goes narrowly wide

82

Kevin Davies forces a good save from Kirkland but the striker was ruled offside anyway

81
Yellow Card
 

Muamba is booked for a challenge on N'Zogbia, who was sprinting forward with some pace

79

Rodallega's overhead kick clears the bar by a couple of feet but that was a good chance for Wigan

79
Substitution
 

Moreno comes off for Victor Moses

78

McCarthy takes a corner for Wigan but Taylor does well to head clear

75

Taylor hits the ball into the side netting after some great play from Kevin Davies, who timed his pass to perfection for Taylor

74

Some nice early touches from Weiss, who beats two Wigan defenders but is eventually dispossessed

72

Scharner is back on the pitch and OK to continue

70

Taylor is picked out by Elmander with a brilliant lay-off. Taylor shoots from 25 yards out and the ball goes narrowly wide of Kirkland's post

69
Substitution
 

Lee makes way for Vladimir Weiss

69

Scharner is down injured and receiving treatment from the Wigan physio

67

Muamba strikes the ball from the edge of the box and his attempt goes just wide of the post. Good effort from the Bolton man

66

Scotland does well to hold off Ricardo Gardner and pick out N'Zogbia. Wigan bomb forward in numbers but Robinson comes across to clear the ball

63

Muamba finds Elmander, who is dispossessed brilliantly by Paul Scharner. Wigan are happy to pass the ball around in midfield but need to start getting into more promising positions more often

60

N'Zogbia tries to cross the ball but it comes off Paul Robinson. The home fans are starting to voice their support now as they watch their team mount some good attacks, with Rodallega heading just wide from a cross from Melchiot

57

Knight heads the ball across the length of the box but Wigan clear without too much trouble

56

Owen Coyle might be looking to make a change soon as Wigan are the better side right now and Bolton lack a cutting edge

54

Elmander is tackled from behind by Melchiot. Looked nasty but it's just a free kick to Bolton

52

Wigan attack through Diame and McCarthy. Maynor Figueroa finds himself in plenty of space but makes a mess of his attempt to pass the ball and wastes a good period of pressure from Wigan

50
Substitution
 

Jason Scotland comes on for Bramble

49

This is much better from both sides, with the players looking more eager to get forward and attack

46

Elmander crosses to Taylor in the box after a great run but the ball goes out for a corner

Second half
 

The second half is underway

Half time
 

It is half time at the DW Stadium

45

Moreno's effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the post

42

Taylor crosses the ball but it strikes Melchiot and goes out for a corner, which is cleared by Wigan

39

Kevin Davies runs into the box and tries to play in Elmander but Wigan intercept and can break through Bramble and Rodallega. Rodallega plays the ball across goal but Bolton clear before McCarthy can shoot

37

Taylor tries to control the ball but the awful playing surface gets in the way once again and Wigan can win back possession

34

Lee sprints down the right and cuts the ball back for Taylor but Melchiot gets there first and clears the ball. Good chance for Bolton

33

James McCarthy shoots but the ball bounces just in front of Jaaskelainen, who does well to grab hold of it

32

Knight is nearly wrong-footed by a ball from Bramble but he does well to recover and mount an attack through Taylor but again, it comes to nothing

30

An overhead kick from Muamba suffers from a lack of direction and power and the ball breaks loose once again

28

Kevin Davies loses possession but the ball is won back by Lee. Neither side has been able to keep hold of the ball for long enough to mount a serious attack

25

Zat Knight plays a long ball to the edge of the Wigan box but Kirkland collects the ball with ease

23

The pace of the game has slowed down during the last few minutes, with the weather conditions affecting the quality of the game

21

Elmander strikes the ball early to try and catch Kirkland out but the ball floats wide of the post

20

N'Zogbia shoots after cutting in on his left foot and the ball hammers against the post. Great chance for Wigan

18

Rodallega nearly gets on the ball in a dangerous position after a mix-up in the Bolton box but he can't quite get it under control. Seconds later, Taylor almost takes advantage of a defensive mistake from Wigan

15

Bolton build from the back through Kevin Davies and Elmander but Mario Melchiot wins the ball back for Wigan

12

Ricardo Gardner shoots from 25 yards out but Chris Kirkland watches the ball fly past his post without looking too concerned

11

Lee bombs down the right for Bolton and gets his cross in but Titus Bramble stands firm and clears the danger

10

Hugo Rodallega hooks the ball into the box but it rolls harmlessly through to Jussi Jaaskelainen

8

Marcelo Moreno fails to keep the ball in play for Wigan in a promising position. Frustrating start for the home side

6

Diame is OK to continue and is back on the pitch

6

Mohamed Diame is down injured and Wigan will be hoping he'll be OK to continue

4

Chung-Yong Lee starts an attack and tries to pick out Johan Elmander but the pass is intercepted. Matt Taylor eventually gets a shot away from long range but his attempt is poor

3

It's been a fairly even start to the game but neither side has really settled into the rhythm of the match just yet

1

Charles N'Zogbia takes an early corner for Wigan but Fabrice Muamba is able to clear

Kickoff
 

The referee gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Bolton are unchanged from the side that drew with Spurs in the FA Cup, with Wigan making two changes for this game which could have big consequences for the relegation battle

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Wigan face Bolton at 8pm on Wednesday, February 17th.