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  • Date:22 May 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27,566
  • Rodallega (77) Rodallega (77)
Goal!

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95mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Glenn Whelan. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.

93mins

Rory Delap delivers the ball, save by Ali Al Habsi.

89mins

The official flags Franco Di Santo offside. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

86mins

Hugo Rodallega leaves the field to be replaced by Franco Di Santo.

84mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Emmerson Boyce. Emmerson Boyce goes into the referee's book. Glenn Whelan has an effort direct from the free kick.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Pennant on Maynor Figueroa. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.

78mins

Hugo Rodallega finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 0-1 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.

78mins

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with John Carew coming on for Kenwyne Jones.

75mins

Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

74mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

74mins

Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.

73mins

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in.

72mins

Dean Whitehead on for Matthew Etherington.

71mins

Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

69mins

Ben Watson challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory Delap takes the free kick.

68mins

Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.

67mins

Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Maynor Figueroa booked for unsporting behaviour. (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Tom Cleverley coming on for Conor Sammon. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.

66mins

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Collins.

66mins

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

64mins

Ben Watson takes the inswinging corner, Ben Watson takes a shot. Charles N'Zogbia gets a block in.

63mins

Unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington shown a yellow card. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

62mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

60mins

Corner taken by Ben Watson played to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.

58mins

Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

56mins

Header by Kenwyne Jones from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

55mins

James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Booking for James McCarthy for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.

52mins

James McCarthy fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

51mins

Shot from outside the area by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the left of the goal.

49mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Rory Delap. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Conor Sammon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

42mins

Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.

41mins

Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.

40mins

Short corner taken by Ben Watson.

39mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Hugo Rodallega. Ben Watson takes the free kick.

38mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot.

37mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

30mins

Glenn Whelan produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

29mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Jermaine Pennant. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

28mins

James McCarthy takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.

27mins

Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Maynor Figueroa challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.

25mins

Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

25mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

21mins

The referee penalises Antolin Alcaraz for handball. Antolin Alcaraz is given a yellow card. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Ryan Shawcross has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

21mins

Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Walters goes over the bar.

20mins

Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.

18mins

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Rory Delap takes the free kick.

15mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Emmerson Boyce gets a block in.

12mins

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, save by Ali Al Habsi. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Ali Al Habsi.

11mins

The offside flag is raised against Kenwyne Jones. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

8mins

The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

7mins

Foul by Ben Watson on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

5mins

Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

4mins

Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

Match Preview

Pulis: No let-up against Latics Stoke boss Tony Pulis has expressed his sympathy for Wigan's relegation worries - but insists his team will be doing everything they can to increase them when the sides meet at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. The Latics travel to Staffordshire for their final Barclays Premier League fixture of the season lying 19th in the table, level on points with 18th-placed Blackpool and 17th-placed Birmingham, both of whom are also away from home. A further point ahead are Wolves in 16th and Blackburn in 15th, who face each other at Molineux. It all makes for a nerve-jangling conclusion to the battle for survival, something Pulis had a taste of with the Potters in the second tier at the end of the 2002/03 campaign. His team secured their safety on that occasion and the 53-year-old knows how desperate opposite number Roberto Martinez will be for Wigan to do likewise. But with Stoke currently ninth and on course for their highest finish since their promotion to the top flight in 2008, Pulis is not about to make any concessions. "I've been in it once, the first year I came to Stoke," Pulis said. "We ended up getting a victory against Reading to stay up. It's tough - there is a lot of emotion and as a manager, you have the whole weight of a football club and its supporters, everything on your shoulders. "The Premier League is such a hugely rewarding industry to be in and if you do get relegated, it is an enormous knock for the football club - for the supporters, financially and for everything that surrounds it. So it is a big, big game for Wigan and we understand that. "It is game with a lot riding on it. "But it is important not just for the fact that Wigan are trying to stay up and get something out of the game, but also because we have an opportunity to finish in the top 10, which is massive for us." Stoke go into the contest having been beaten in their last two matches, both of which were against Manchester City - the 1-0 FA Cup final defeat a week ago and then a 3-0 loss at Eastlands in the league on Tuesday. Overall, though, it has been an impressive season for the Potters, and one Pulis feels it is their duty - to their supporters and to the rest of the division - to try to round off in style. "We have a responsibility to our fans and we also have a responsibility to every other club that is playing in the Premier League and are playing for something," said Pulis, whose team's cup run has earned them a place in next season's Europa League." Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is determined to repay Dave Whelan's faith by keeping the chairman's Premier League dream alive. Whelan has strongly backed Martinez over the past two years and the Spaniard's job is not thought to be under threat even if Wigan are relegated. Martinez said: "He represents everything we are at Wigan Athletic. "Over the years he has always come up with the special decisions that have made the difference. "We are all together here. We are here in a way to fulfil his dream and work with what he wanted to achieve. "We are a very close football club, every department relies on the chairman. "This is one of those games that will mean a lot more than just achieving something in the season. "It is about allowing his footballing dream to carry on and making sure the chairman can be extremely proud of the people he has got in his football club." Wigan will begin what is likely to be a day of high tension and drama 19th in the Barclays Premier League but just a point behind 15th-placed Blackburn. The Latics have spent six years in the top flight after undergoing a remarkable transformation under Whelan's ownership. The millionaire businessman, a former Blackburn player, bought the then fourth-tier outfit in 1995 and oversaw their move from Springfield Park to the ground now known as the DW Stadium. His friendship with Martinez dates back to those early days in the mid-90s when the Spaniard arrived as a player. They remain close now and Martinez, 37, said: "We always speak, he comes down to the training ground. "He is a really inspirational figure - a great figure to have around the training ground and dressing room. "He is a special man and the reason for a our dream of Wigan Athletic being in the Premier League. "We need to make sure we don't let him down at the weekend." Former Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score in last week's dramatic 3-2 win over bottom side West Ham. Martinez has no injury concerns.

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Danny Collins
  • Marc Wilson
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Rory Delap
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Jonathan Walters
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Nash
  • Danny Pugh
  • Salif Diao
  • Dean Whitehead
  • John Carew
  • Michael Tonge
  • Ryan Shotton

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Match Report

Latics survive after late winner Hugo Rodallega headed a dramatic 79th-minute winner as a 1-0 win secures Wigan's Barclays Premier League status for another season on a dramatic day at the Britannia Stadium. Rodallega's goal coupled with results elsewhere meant Roberto Martinez's men, who started the day second from bottom, would extend their top-flight status. Rodallega met a Mohamed Diame cross to flick the winner past Asmir Begovic and spark wild scenes in front of the visiting supporters in the South Stand. Just five minutes earlier the Latics had risen from their slumber after news filtered through of a goal at Old Trafford which lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time. The visitors' dramatic survival was in sharp contrast to a dismal first half display, with Wigan looking nervy from the first minute when Ali Al-Habsi had to save from Kenwyne Jones. Despite looking distinctly dodgy when dealing with set-plays, Al-Habsi would play a big part in keeping his side in with a chance during a torrid first half. The visitors never came close to threatening Begovic's goal and it was the home side who pressed forward with the purpose of a side most concerned about the outcome. Maynor Figueroa had to boot clear from deep in his own six-yard box before Wigan had a half-chance on 10 minutes, Diame firing wide from long-range. Stoke had the ball in the net in the 11th minute when Jones' header from a Rory Delap long throw was helped in by Jonathan Walters, who was well offside. These were worrying times for the visitors, with Stoke dominating possession and Al-Habsi looking far from comfortable when called to deal with Delap's long throws. Stoke came even closer on 14 minutes when Jones prodded goalwards from another Delap throw and with Al-Habsi nowhere, Emmerson Boyce booted clear off the line. Al-Habsi redeemed himself with a fine stop from a Jones drive in the 25th minute, but with Jermaine Pennant and Delap both continuing to fling crosses towards Jones, Wigan were struggling to get a grip. Pennant dispossessed Diame and sparked a move also involving Walters which ended in Pennant striking a rising shot straight at Al-Habsi from the edge of the box. Wigan looked brighter at the start of the second period, Diame wriggling through the Stoke rearguard and fashioning a shooting chance before being ruled offside. Then an errant pass by Marc Wilson looked like letting in Hugo Rodallega 25 yards from goal only for Ryan Shawcross to get in with a crucial block. Wigan striker Conor Sammon had his first chance in the 62nd minute when turned just inside the box and fired a low left-foot shot which was gathered by Begovic. But Martinez sought to add new impetus to his strike-force in the 67th minute when he replaced the largely disappointing Sammon with Tom Cleverley. Cleverley had Wigan's best chance with his first touch when he was sent through at a tight angle by Charles N'Zogbia but could only hit a low shot straight at Begovic. Manchester United's third goal against Blackpool shunted the visitors towards safety and Rodallega ensured they took another giant stride with his superb 79th-minute finish. The visiting fans, who had been virtually silent for long swathes of the afternoon, celebrated with Latics backroom staff but the game was far from over. Urged on by boss Tony Pulis on the touchline, Stoke pushed for an equaliser with Glenn Whelan floating a free-kick inches over Al-Habsi's bar. Five minutes of added time, including a loud penalty shout and Al-Habsi spilling a Delap corner, did nothing to settle Wigan nerves before the whistle ensured the celebrations could begin. end

Form Guide

    LDWDWL
  • Stoke
  • VS
  • Wigan
  • LWLDDW

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 2 - 2
  • Stoke
  • 04/12/2010
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 09/02/2010
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 12/12/2009
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 16/05/2009
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 08/11/2008

Top Scorers

Stoke

  • K Jones 9
  • R Huth 6
  • J Walters 5
  • R Fuller 4
  • M Etherington 3
  • J Pennant 3
  • R Delap 2
  • D Higginbotham 2
  • D Whitehead 2
  • JA Carew 1
  • A Faye 1
  • M Wilson 1
  • R Shawcross 1

Wigan

  • C N'Zogbia 9
  • H Rodallega 8
  • T Cleverley 3
  • J McCarthy 3
  • S Gohouri 1
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • B Watson 1
  • R Stam 1
  • M Figueroa 1
  • M Diame 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • C Sammon 1
  • V Moses 1
  • F Di Santo 1

Goals

Stoke

    • Total goals 93
    • Goals per game 46
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Wigan

    • Total goals 86
    • Goals per game 39
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 10 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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