• Date: Wed 14 April 2010
  • Venue: The JJB Stadium
  • Ref: Dean, M
  • Attendance: 14,323

Wigan Athletic vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Steve Gohouri
Paul Scharner (Marcelo Moreno, 57)
Titus Bramble
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame
Jason Scotland (Victor Moses, 88)
Hugo Rodallega


Jamie Ashdown
Ricardo Rocha (Leonard Sowah, 46)
Anthony Vanden Borre
Joel Ward
Papa Bouba Diop
Michael Brown
John Utaka
Angelos Basinas
Marc Wilson
Matt Ritchie (Frederic Piquionne, 79)
Tommy Smith

Match Report
Paul Scharner and Jason Scotland had a night to forget in front of goal as Wigan blew a golden chance to move away from the drop zone by drawing 0-0 at home to already-relegated Portsmouth. Four days after their FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham, Pompey's dire situation was summed up as they made eight changes, with youngsters Matt Ritchie and Joel Ward handed debuts. They were also only able to name four substitutes, but the Latics could not take advantage with Scharner and Scotland squandering a succession of chances. Wigan had their first chance in the 13th minute when Charles N'Zogbia's cross was headed over by Scharner. Latics midfielder James McCarthy then fired straight at Jamie Ashdown, but Pompey gave as good as they got and Tommy Smith's cross was headed over by Ritchie. The debutant then wasted another decent headed chance at the far post before Scotland shot into the arms of Ashdown. The ball was in the back of the net five minutes before the break but Scharner's effort was rightly disallowed for offside. Austrian midfielder Scharner then wasted the chance of the half when he headed Maynor Figueroa's cross over from eight yards. Pompey started the second half brightly with Smith heading over but it was all one-way traffic after that. Scharner's night to forget got worse in the 55th minute when he blazed an N'Zogbia's cross over the bar, before he departed with Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno coming off the bench. Scotland then followed Scharner's lead by tamely heading wide on the hour as Roberto Martinez's men continued to pile forward. With 15 minutes remaining the visitors were reduced to nine men momentarily when Anthony Vanden Borre and Papa Bouba Diop went off for treatment and they almost paid the price. Moreno latched on to a long through ball but his shot at goal was saved by Ashdown. Ritchie curled a free-kick over with 11 minutes remaining before being replaced by FA Cup hero Frederic Piquionne. Five minutes from time McCarthy's shot was turned behind by Ashdown as Pompey held on to secure an unlikely point.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The full-time whistle goes and Wigan are left to rue their missed chances.

Yellow Card

Anthony Vanden Borre is booked for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia.


Portsmouth could have stolen it in the last minute but Tommy Smith's shot is tipped over by Chris Kirkland.


Wigan continue to press as the seconds tick away but no success so far.


Mohamed Diame mishits his shot from a Victor Moses corner, giving Joel Ward the chance to clear.


Victor Moses replaces Jason Scotland.


Hugo Rodallega has an effort from inside tha rea that flies over the crossbar.


Marcelo Moreno misses the target with a right-foot shot as the minutes tick away.


Portsmouth have a rare foray forward but Jason Scotland blocks Michael Brown's cross and Angelos Basinas's corner is saved by Chris Kirkland.


Charles N'Zogbia has a shot from 20 yards which produces a fine diving save from Jamie Ashdown.


Wigan win another couple of corners but can't make them count.


Matt Ritchie is replaced by Frederic Piquionne.


Matt Ritchie takes the free-kick himself but sends the ball over the bar.

Yellow Card

Jason Scotland goes into the book.


Titus Bramble concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area for a foul on Matt Ritchie .


Wigan have a couple of corners in quick succession but can't make the most of them.


Hugo Rodallega has a go from 20 yards but Marc Wilson is there to get a block in.


Marcelo Moreno gets onto a throughball in the area but he can't beat Jamie Ashdown.


We're into the last 20 minutes and Wigan need to find a cutting edge from somewhere.


Mohamed Diame's shot is deflected but it's straight at the grateful Jamie Ashdown.


James McCarthy sends over a couple of crosses but they're blocked as Pompey stand firm.


John Utaka tries to get Pompey forward but is outnumbered by Wigan defenders and can't threaten the goal.


Portsmouth are again taking their time when they get the ball to the frustration of the home fans.


Another effort from a Wigan player misses the target, this time a shot from 20 yards from Hugo Rodallega.


Charles N'Zogbia's cross finds Jason Scotland in the area but he heads wide from 12 yards out.


John Utaka is caught offside.


Paul Scharner is replaced by Marcelo Moreno.


Paul Scharner blasts the ball over the bar from Maynor Figueroa's cross in Wigan's best chance of the half so far.


Hugo Rodallega's corner is too high and can't reach Titus Bramble at the far post.


The ball seems to hit a Pompey arm in dthe box but the referee is not interested in Wigan's penalty appeals.


James McCarthy's cross is volleyed goalwards by Paul Scharner but it's a tame effort and is straight into the arms of Jamie Ashdown.


Angelos Basinas takes the resultant corner and Tommy Smith is able to get his head on the ball but sends it over the bar.


Tommy Smith gets a shot in for Portsmouth but it's blocked by Mohamed Diame.


Wigan need to start clicking in the final third if they are to take anything more than a point from this game.


Leonard Sowah is on for Ricardo Rocha.

Second half

The second half gets underway.

Half time

Level at the break but Wigan have been the better side and may rue their missed chances.


Paul Scharner heads over just before the half-time whistle.


Hugo Rodallega sends the ball over the bar from 12 yards out.


Portsmouth are slowing the game down as half-time approaches, they'll be pleased to get to the break level.


Hugo Rodallega drives the free-kick straight into the wall and another chance is gone.


Marc Wilson concedes a free-kick for a foul on Jason Scotland 20 yards out.


Tommy Smith forces a save from Chris Kirkland with a long-range effort.


Mario Melchiot breaks forward after Pompey squander possession but his cross doesn't find a team-mate.


There's a growing sense of frustration amongst the home support as they can't break down this stubborn Portsmouth defence.


Jason Scotland has another effort from further out but again Jamie Ashdown is equal to it.


Jason Scotland volleys goalwards from close range but Jamie Ashdown is able to make the save.


Angelos Basinas sends in the free-kick and it's headed across goal by Matt Ritchie but Tommy Smith can't get there in time.

Yellow Card

Titus Bramble goes into the book for a foul on John Utaka.


Charles N'Zogbia sends over a dangerous cross but there's no team-mate in the area to meet it.


Anthony Vanden Borre is back on his feet and seems okay to continue.


Anthony Vanden Borre is down and needs treatment after a clash of heads with Maynor Figueroa.


Now it's Paul Scharner's turn to practise his crossing but one is cleared by Angelos Basinas and the other is too close to Jamie Ashdown.


Charles N'Zogbia sends in a couple of crosses which are both cleared by Michael Brown as Portsmouth turn the screw.


A chance for Pompey as Anthony Vanden Borre's cross finds Matt Ritchie who heads wide again.


Paul Scharner swings in another cross but Titus Bramble sends the ball over the bar.


Wigan are beginning to get in their stride now and Jason Scotland has a close-range effort which is blocked by Ricardo Rocha.


James McCarthy has a shot right-footed from 20 yards which is parried by Jamie Ashdown.


Angelos Basinas swings in a free-kick after being fouled by James McCarthy but Chris Kirkland makes an easy catch.


Charles N'Zogbia takes the free-kick and finds Paul Scharner who heads wide.


Michael Brown concedes a free-kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia in a dangerous area.


Portsmouth get forward and Tommy Smith crosses to Matt Ritchie who heads wide when he should have done better.


Paul Scharner crosses into the area but it's cleared by the Portsmouth defence.


Paul Scharner finds Jason Scotland who forces a throw-in.


There aren't many Portsmouth fans at the DW Stadium but their team has made the better start.


Portsmouth get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Avram Grant makes eight changes to the Portsmouth side that made it through to the FA Cup final and they have only four players on the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff

Steve Gohouri makes his first start at the back for Wigan while Marcelo Moreno drops to the bench.