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Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Hugo Rodallega. Booking for Gretar Rafn Steinsson for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. James McArthur gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by James McArthur. David Jones replaces Franco Di Santo. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Jean Beausejour decides to take a short corner.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ivan Klasnic misses to the left of the goal.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
The offside flag is raised against Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryo Miyaichi from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryo Miyaichi, Victor Moses manages to make a clearance.
Ryo Miyaichi takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Ivan Klasnic misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Samuel Ricketts concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Emmerson Boyce is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
David Wheater has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
James McArthur finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-2 Wigan.Victor Moses provided the assist for the goal.
Franco Di Santo is caught offside. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Tuncay Sanli results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi. Hugo Rodallega is brought on as a substitute for Jordi Gomez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Maynor Figueroa. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Short corner taken by Ryo Miyaichi from the left by-line.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.
Victor Moses fouled by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, the ref awards a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
Mark Davies grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from David Ngog.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on James McArthur. Jordi Gomez crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Foul by James McCarthy on Tuncay Sanli, free kick awarded. James McCarthy booked for unsporting behaviour. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic replaces Kevin Davies.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Kevin Davies. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
David Wheater takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Kevin Davies. Booking for Kevin Davies. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick. Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for Chris Eagles.
Samuel Ricketts challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jordi Gomez, clearance by Samuel Ricketts.
David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Indirect free kick taken by Zat Knight.
Centre by Samuel Ricketts.
Jordi Gomez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on James McCarthy. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Effort from deep inside the area by Franco Di Santo misses to the left of the target.
Nigel Reo-Coker challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.
Ryo Miyaichi replaces Martin Petrov.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jean Beausejour, Gary Caldwell scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bolton 0-1 Wigan.Assist by Jean Beausejour.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot from 20 yards. Adam Bogdan makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Eagles on Maynor Figueroa. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by James McArthur results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Antolin Alcaraz. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
Emmerson Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Petrov. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line to the near post, Nigel Reo-Coker manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jean Beausejour, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Jordi Gomez. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
James McCarthy has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Jean Beausejour, David Wheater makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wheater on Franco Di Santo. Indirect free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
Franco Di Santo receives a caution.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez played to the near post, Adam Bogdan makes a save.
James McArthur challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Zat Knight restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Martin Petrov. Emmerson Boyce takes the indirect free kick.
Franco Di Santo has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Shot from just outside the box by Nigel Reo-Coker misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by James McCarthy.
Shot by David Ngog from 20 yards. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Martin Petrov fouled by Franco Di Santo, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Shot by Victor Moses from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Jordi Gomez. Martin Petrov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McArthur by David Ngog. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by David Wheater goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by James McCarthy.
Mark Davies fouled by Jordi Gomez, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
Coyle convinced Bolton will survive
Bolton boss Owen Coyle feels there are plenty of twists and turns to come yet in the scrap for Barclays Premier League survival and that it is not only the current bottom six who could be involved.
Wanderers, who lie 18th at the moment, take on basement boys Wigan at the Reebok Stadium on a potentially vital weekend for the relegation shake-up, with Blackburn (19th) hosting QPR (16th) the same day and Wolves (17th) taking on West Brom (15th) in a Black Country derby at Molineux on Sunday.
The way things stand, it looks as if it will be three of those clubs who go down, but Coyle does not think the equation is so simple.
Asked if he saw it as three teams from those six getting relegated, Coyle said: "People will think that is how it is, but this league changes so quickly and is unforgiving.
"All of a sudden you can go on one of those runs that happen out of the blue for no reason, so I wouldn't just leave it as three from six."
Coyle has no doubt that every one of the teams' managers is fully confident they can beat the drop - and remains adamant that his own side will be safe.
"I think we all believe we can get out of it," Coyle said.
"From my end, I can only look at Bolton Wanderers and look to make sure we do that, but I'm pretty sure Steve Kean (Blackburn) and Roberto Martinez (Wigan) feel the same, as well as Mick McCarthy (Wolves), Mark Hughes (QPR) and Roy Hodgson (West Brom).
"It is so intriguing and that is why we love the league - it is the best league in the world.
"We will all have our own beliefs about how we will go about it with the players we have.
"But from our end, I am totally convinced that we will be out of the bottom three come the end of the season."
United States centre-back Tim Ream is set to be part of the matchday squad for the first time, along with fellow January recruit Ryo Miyaichi, the Japanese winger signed on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.
Gretar Steinsson (hamstring) and Joe Riley (groin) may return having missed the Norwich fixture but fellow defender Marcos Alonso (foot) is not ready yet while midfielders Lee Chung-yong (broken leg) Stuart Holden and Ricardo Gardner (both knee) remain out of action due to long-term problems, with the latter looking set to miss the remainder of the campaign following surgery.
Martinez believes his struggling team have turned the corner in their battle for survival despite their lowly position.
Wigan are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and surrendered two vital points as Everton hit back to claim a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium last week.
But the Spaniard was pleased enough with the performance, after four successive league defeats, to approach the remainder of the campaign with confidence.
Martinez said: "At the end of the game you always feel like you have dropped two points, especially when you score that first goal and have an opportunity to score the second.
"But overall I felt we played really well. We were back to ourselves, we controlled the game and made it very difficult for Everton.
"They are always a very competitive side, one of the most hard-working in the league and I felt we played really well.
"For me that was a real change in level of performance. We were not happy with the levels we showed at Spurs and QPR.
"I think it is important we find a very consistent level between now and the end of the season.
"I do feel that was a real turning point for us going into the last third of the campaign."
Martinez is well aware Saturday's encounter is likely to be a tense affair.
The two clubs - these days less than eight miles apart following their moves to modern stadia - have enjoyed a fierce local rivalry for decades and this year the stakes are high.
Bolton are only four points better off than Latics in the fight to avoid the drop and, with 14 games left, the margins for error are narrowing.
Martinez said: "We are looking at our home games and feeling we have to win every single one of them. It is going to be the same for Bolton.
"It is a big derby for ourselves. It is always a special game but now this season, with both clubs fighting to avoid relegation, it has got an extra meaning.
"We have difficult games but we are excited about the challenge."
Defender Antolin Alcaraz and midfielder Mohamed Diame could return to the starting line-up after injury and international duty respectively.
McArthur gives Latics lifeline
James McArthur handed rock-bottom Wigan a Barclays Premier League lifeline with a dramatic late winner to sink fellow strugglers Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.
Roberto Martinez's men still sit at the bottom of the pile but the importance of McArthur's 75th minute strike will not be underestimated as it drew the Latics back into the pack.
McArthur swept home the rebound after Victor Moses' effort had struck Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan and rebounded into his path - and it was everything the visitors deserved.
Martinez's side largely dominated against a flat home side with huge problems of their own. Gary Caldwell scored their 43rd-minute opener before Mark Davies equalised on 67.
And to cap Wigan's wonderful day, former Trotters keeper Ali Al Habsi pulled off a sensational late save to deny Bolton debutant Ryo Miyaichi an equaliser.
Caldwell's headed opener had been the least the Latics deserved for dominating a nervy and disjointed first period in which the home side seldom threatened.
The best Owen Coyle's men could muster was a second-minute cross from Martin Petrov which was bundled out for a corner by captain Caldwell.
The visitors grew in confidence and Victor Moses came close to grabbing an early lead when he skipped between two defenders before ramming a rising shot into the side netting.
Zat Knight scooped a shot over the bar for Bolton and Franco Di Santo screwed a long-range effort over for Wigan in response but scrappy build-up play was letting both sides down.
In what was plainly a scrap between strugglers, Wigan were having much the better of possession and Jordi Gomez was not far from getting his head to a Jean Beausejour cross.
Pinned back in their own half, Coyle's men were frankly dismal, and it was only Wigan's chronic lack of a final ball that was keeping the home side level.
The visitors finally broke the deadlock two minutes from the break when Beausejour sent in a corner from the left and Caldwell rose to nod home unchallenged.
Forced to go on the offensive, Coyle replaced Petrov with the on-loan Arsenal teenager Miyaichi at half-time, but it was the visitors who continued to press forward.
More dithering in the Bolton backline let in Emmerson Boyce to strike a low shot just wide of Bogdan's right-hand post when he should have done better.
Di Santo was denied a penalty when he fell under Knight's challenge in the box and Boyce also had a loud appeal rejected after tussling with Miyaichi.
Wigan came close to extending their lead on the hour when Moses skipped past Sam Ricketts and fed McArthur, who drove low straight at Bogdan.
After promising work from Miyaichi, Bolton finally crafted their first shot on target in the 61st minute when David Wheater's long, low drive was gathered by Ali Al Habsi.
And they snatched an equaliser six minutes later when Bogdan's long goal kick deflected off David Ngog and fell to Davies, who crashed his left-foot shot into the top corner.
Miyaichi had his moments in the inevitable storm that followed, but Bolton paid the price for more sloppy defending in the 76th minute as Wigan regained the lead.
Ricketts' attempted back header gave Moses a clear run on goal on the left and when his shot struck Bogdan it rebounded to McArthur to follow up into the net.
The impressive Miyaichi came close to grabbing a dramatic equaliser on 85 minutes when he lashed a low shot goalwards but was brilliantly denied by Al Habsi.
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