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  • Date:21 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:19,230
Goal!

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93:51 +3.51

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.

92:38 +2.38

Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Antolin Alcaraz results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Craig Bellamy.

91:55 +1.55

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

90:56 +0.56

Craig Bellamy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

89:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Craig Bellamy. Craig Bellamy receives a caution for dissent. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.

89:12

Ronnie Stam challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.

87:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Victor Moses. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

87:07

Shot from just outside the area by Hugo Rodallega goes over the bar.

86:24

Luis Suarez goes off and Andy Carroll comes on.

85:05

Victor Moses crosses the ball, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Close range effort by Victor Moses misses to the right of the goal.

82:12

Foul by Jordan Henderson on Maynor Figueroa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

81:12

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

79:35

Martin Skrtel challenges Franco Di Santo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

77:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Franco Di Santo. Glen Johnson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance by Charlie Adam.

77:00

Victor Moses sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

75:56

Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.

75:28

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Henderson.

74:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Downing on Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

72:30

Jordan Henderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target. Hugo Rodallega comes on in place of Jordi Gomez. David Jones goes off and Ben Watson comes on.

71:05

Daniel Agger fouled by Franco Di Santo, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi goes off and Craig Bellamy comes on. Jonjo Shelvey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dirk Kuyt. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

67:36

Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.

65:19

Luis Suarez fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell is cautioned. Charlie Adam sends in a cross, Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

63:06

The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Header from close range by Martin Skrtel clears the bar.

62:41

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.

60:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Ronnie Stam. Jordi Gomez takes the free kick. Franco Di Santo is brought on as a substitute for Conor Sammon.

59:16

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

58:55

Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Adam.

56:02

Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.

50:34

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

49:32

Shot by Luis Suarez. Gary Caldwell gets a block in. Gary Caldwell handles the ball and concedes a . A fantastic save by Ali Al Habsi from penalty by Charlie Adam. Wigan 0-0 Liverpool.

47:58

Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

47:16 +2.16

A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, save made by Jose Reina.

46:22 +1.22

Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Conor Sammon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

45:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Antolin Alcaraz. Luis Suarez has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Ali Al Habsi. Corner taken by Charlie Adam, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Martin Skrtel goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

42:08

Luis Suarez fouled by Antolin Alcaraz, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.

40:19

Corner taken by David Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.

38:55

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Jones, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by David Jones, clearance by Daniel Agger.

38:04

Foul by Luis Suarez on Antolin Alcaraz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

37:12

Foul by Luis Suarez on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.

36:03

Victor Moses takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.

33:43

Corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.

31:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by David Jones. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

29:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Victor Moses. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.

28:25

David Jones takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

27:50

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

26:57

Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by David Jones from the left by-line, clearance by Daniel Agger.

26:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

25:44

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

24:31

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Daniel Agger takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

23:04

Shot by Jordi Gomez from just outside the area goes over the net.

22:19

Shot from a long way out by Mohamed Diame goes wide of the left-hand upright.

22:02

Glen Johnson challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Jones takes the direct free kick.

21:00

Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

20:33

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.

19:20

Effort from outside the penalty box by Victor Moses goes wide left of the goal.

18:38

Shot from just outside the box by Rodriguez Maxi goes over the bar.

16:40

Foul by David Jones on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by David Jones. Rodriguez Maxi decides to take a short corner.

15:08

Corner taken short by David Jones.

13:07

Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, save made by Ali Al Habsi.

12:45

James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

11:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Antolin Alcaraz. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson, clearance by James McCarthy.

11:14

Foul by Jordi Gomez on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

10:59

The ball is sent over by Jordi Gomez, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

10:09

Corner taken by David Jones, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

9:27

Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

8:35

Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner to the near post. Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

8:04

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Stewart Downing takes a short corner.

6:32

Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Maynor Figueroa results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick.

4:08

Stewart Downing takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

2:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

2:26

Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, clearance by Gary Caldwell.

0:30

Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Maynor Figueroa, free kick awarded. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Martinez wants win against Liverpool Wigan cannot afford to approach Wednesday`s clash with Liverpool looking for anything other than a victory, according to manager Roberto Martinez. Athletic's form has improved over recent weeks, with a 2-1 win at West Brom followed up by an impressive 1-1 home draw with Chelsea on Saturday. Martinez`s side remain in the drop zone, though, with a poor start to the season proving difficult to recover from. And with that in mind, the Spaniard has dismissed suggestions he and his players would be happy to take a draw from their meeting with Kenny Dalglish`s in-form Liverpool at the DW Stadium. "We don`t have a choice," Martinez, whose side have not lost to the Reds at home in four years, told his club`s official website, www.wiganlatics.co.uk. "In any other season, as a mid-table team, you have that choice. "But where we are, we have a very desperate need of points. At the start of the season we were punished for dropping points when we shouldn`t and now every game is an opportunity to get those points back." Striker Hugo Rodallega is Wigan's only fitness concern. The Colombian striker suffered a knock during Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, which was his 100th appearance for the club. He will be assessed over the next 24 hours. Defender Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) is back in training, but is unlikely to play any part. Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher may currently be unable to win back his place in the first team, but manager Kenny Dalglish believes the experienced defender's influence is still being felt on the pitch. The Bootle-born former academy graduate, who turns 34 next month, was injured in the Carling Cup tie at Stoke in late October and, despite returning to fitness, has had to settle for a place on the bench. That is a result of the form of centre-backs Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel who, in the seven matches Carragher has missed, have helped keep four clean sheets with the team conceding just three times. "I don't think they (Agger and Skrtel) have ever looked a bad pair but the both of them are playing very well," said the Scot. "They know how to play. Jamie being beside them when they came in at first has been a fantastic help to them, as he has been for a lot of people here. "You can't under-play what Jamie has done for the two of them but they are more than capable of standing on their own two feet. "Competition is always helpful but it is not as though the two boys are novices, they are seasoned international players and Daniel is going to Euro 2012 (with Denmark)." Liverpool manager Dalglish has no new injury worries. Midfielder Jay Spearing serves the final game of his three-match suspension while captain Steven Gerrard (ankle) is still not ready to return from a two-month lay-off. Forward Craig Bellamy may be rested having played 89 minutes of Sunday's win at Aston Villa.

Formation:352Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

Formation: 4231Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Ronnie Stam
  • David Jones
  • Mohamed Diame
  • James McCarthy
  • Victor Moses
  • Jordi Gomez
  • Conor Sammon
  • SUBS
  • Michael Pollitt
  • Albert Crusat
  • Ben Watson
  • Franco Di Santo
  • James McArthur
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • Adrian Lopez

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Match Report

Liverpool held by Wigan Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the centre of attention after receiving his eight-match ban but the Uruguay international cut a frustrated figure as his side were held to a goalless draw at Wigan. Perhaps understandably the Reds' top scorer, playing just 24 hours after learning of the lengthy suspension handed down by the Football Association, faded as the game wore on. Team-mate Charlie Adam had the chance to take some of the focus off his team-mate but missed a penalty early in the second half as Liverpool's disappointing run against the Latics continued. They have taken three points from their last four matches against them and have not won at Wigan since September 2007. For the Latics is was a second successive home draw against one of the 'big' teams - having held Chelsea on Saturday, and another point towards their survival battle. Suarez remains free to play while the club decide whether to appeal against the punishment for misconduct for using insulting words to Patrice Evra, which included a reference to the Manchester United defender's colour. Every player, including the striker himself, wore white T-shirts with the image of a celebrating Suarez in red on the front and the player's name and number seven on the back. But whatever the club's decision, the stain on the player's character is unlikely to be removed as the Wigan fans, hardly the most aggressive in the Premier League, targeted him with barbed chants and booed him throughout. If Suarez was expecting any sympathy from his opponents he did not get it and fellow South American Antolin Alcaraz's challenge inside the second minute left the striker clutching the back of his head. The 24-year-old was involved in many of Liverpool's early attacking as, after Adam drilled a free-kick into the wall, Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez and Stewart Downing combined to set up Jordan Henderson but his shot was parried behind by Ali Al Habsi. Adam had another goalbound free-kick headed away by David Jones while Rodriguez and Henderson both fired over ambitious volleys from the edge of the area. Dirk Kuyt had the best chance from Downing's cut-back but Al Habsi did enough to turn aside the shot. But for all their dominance the visitors began to lose a grip on the game and could well have gone into half-time behind had referee Michael Oliver deemed Martin Skrtel's challenge inside the area on Victor Moses - in which there appeared to be contact - a foul. Maynor Figueroa and Mohamed Diame both tried their luck from distance before Moses ran 60 yards into the heart of the Reds' defence before forcing Jose Reina to punch clear. Only Daniel Agger's last-ditch tackle denied Conor Sammon after James McCarthy had robbed Rodriguez 15 yards outside the penalty area as Wigan finished the first half strongly. Soon after the restart Al Habsi tipped over a Suarez free-kick but it was the hands of Wigan captain Gary Caldwell which made a more decisive intervention in the 50th minute. Suarez's attempted overhead kick hit the centre-back on his left arm and Oliver pointed to the spot but Adam's penalty was saved by Al Habsi. Kuyt then volleyed over Adam's chipped free-kick from close range before the Dutchman and Rodriguez were replaced by Craig Bellamy and Jonjo Shelvey for the final 20 minutes while Hugo Rodallega, Wigan's scorer in two of their last three meetings with Liverpool, came on for Sammon. The Colombia international almost came up trumps with a far-post header from Moses' cross which was deflected behind by Glen Johnson. Moses then stabbed wide from the resulting corner as Liverpool looked like crumbling before Suarez was substituted for Andy Carroll three minutes from time to a chorus of boos. Greater tests on and off the field await the Uruguayan but for Wigan it was another deserved point.

Form Guide

    LDWLWD
  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Liverpool
  • DWDLWW

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 12/02/2011
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 10/11/2010
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 08/03/2010
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 16/12/2009
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 28/01/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 18/10/2008

Top Scorers

Wigan

  • F Di Santo 4
  • M Diame 2
  • J Gomez 2
  • G Caldwell 1
  • AD Crusat 1
  • B Watson 1
  • V Moses 1

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 5
  • C Bellamy 2
  • M Skrtel 2
  • A Carroll 2
  • S Gerrard 1
  • RR Maxi 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • C Adam 1
  • J Henderson 1

Goals

Wigan

    • Total goals 45
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Liverpool

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

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