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  • Date:2010-02-17
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:DW Stadium
  • Attendance:18089
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

The referee blows the whistle for full time

90mins

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

90mins

There are 3 minutes of added time still to play

88mins

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

86mins

Jack Wilshere comes on for Taylor

86mins

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

83mins

Gardner is replaced by Tamir Cohen

83mins

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

82mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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

79mins

Moreno comes off for Victor Moses

78mins

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

75mins

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

74mins

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

72mins

Scharner is back on the pitch and OK to continue

70mins

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

69mins

Lee makes way for Vladimir Weiss

69mins

Scharner is down injured and receiving treatment from the Wigan physio

67mins

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

66mins

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

63mins

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

60mins

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

57mins

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

56mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

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

50mins

Jason Scotland comes on for Bramble

49mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway

45mins

It is half time at the DW Stadium

45mins

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

42mins

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

39mins

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

37mins

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

34mins

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

33mins

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

32mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

25mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

18mins

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

15mins

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

12mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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

8mins

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

6mins

Diame is OK to continue and is back on the pitch

6mins

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

4mins

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

3mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

The referee gets the game underway

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers lock horns in a north-west derby clash on Wednesday evening as both teams look to enhance their chances of avoiding relegation this season.

Bolton currently sit second from bottom after a miserable season so far with Wigan just two points better off and three places above their close rivals.

Separated by just eight miles, a typical ferocious derby clash is likely to stir local passions and, with Owen Coyle stamping his mark on the Trotters, he will be striving to grab his first away-day win since taking over at the Reebok Stadium helm.

Roberto Martinez's Latics have failed to win any of their last four Premier League fixtures, picking up just two points in this dismal run.

With home advantage, and as Bolton have won just twice on the road all season, they need to make it count.

However, Wigan's home form is mediocre. They have picked up maximum points on just three occasions from their 11 matches on their own patch.

On the injury front, young Scotland midfielder James McCarthy is likely to miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Coyle has several problems ahead of the midweek fixture with no fewer than six first-team players missing out.

Joey O'Brien (knee) is sidelined for the season and fellow knee victim Chris Basham, who limped out of last week's 2-0 loss at Manchester City, remains in the treatment room.

Gary Cahill is also expected to be out of for some time after a blot clot developed in his arm although it was recently revealed he may return to action before the end of the current campaign.

Ivan Klasnic (calf) is still a week away from a return but Sean Davis (knee) and Gavin McCann (ankle) remain other long-term absentees.


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.

Wigan Athletic

Bolton Wanderers

Corners

59

Fouls

69

Goal attempts

Shots off target

68

Offsides

12

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