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  • Date:2010-04-14
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:The JJB Stadium
  • Attendance:14323
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

Victor Moses replaces Jason Scotland.

87mins

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

85mins

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

84mins

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

82mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

Matt Ritchie is replaced by Frederic Piquionne.

79mins

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

78mins

Jason Scotland goes into the book.

78mins

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

77mins

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

75mins

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

73mins

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

71mins

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

69mins

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

67mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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

62mins

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

60mins

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

58mins

John Utaka is caught offside.

56mins

Paul Scharner is replaced by Marcelo Moreno.

55mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

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

51mins

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.

49mins

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

49mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

Leonard Sowah is on for Ricardo Rocha.

46mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

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

44mins

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

42mins

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

41mins

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

39mins

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

37mins

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

36mins

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

34mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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.

30mins

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

29mins

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

27mins

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

25mins

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

23mins

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.

21mins

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

19mins

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

17mins

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

16mins

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

14mins

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

12mins

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

10mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

5mins

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

3mins

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

2mins

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

0mins

Portsmouth get the game underway.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic face already relegated Portsmouth on Wednesday evening at the DW Stadium and, all of a sudden, the Latics find themselves under severe pressure at the wrong end of the table.

West Ham United's win over Sunderland has placed the Londoners above Roberto Martinez's outfit and Burnley's surprise success at Hull City has narrowed the gap between them and a place in the bottom three to just four points.

With five games to go, Wigan must see off the challenge of Pompey but, on the back of their excellent FA Cup semi-final 2-0 extra-time win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, they will be in confident mood to get a result in the north west.

Avram Grant's side, on the power of the Hammers' three points on Saturday, will now ply their trade in the Championship next term and many of their players may well want to impress in order to grab new contracts or put themselves in the shop window.

There is no reason why the south coast club can't go and collect the three points with Wigan in such poor form.

A 1-0 success over Burnley in between losses to Bolton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Fulham does not make for easy reading in the north west.

Although Pompey have collected just one point from a possible nine recently in the league, their hard-fought FA Cup success may bring a new found belief despite enduring a terrible season in the main.

Back-up goalkeeper Richard Kingson is out with a groin problem while Emmerson Boyce faces a fitness test on his troublesome back ahead of the clash.

The visitors could welcome back Nadir Belhadj (thigh) and Tal Ben Haim (groin), but long-term victims Danny Webber (cruciate ligament) and Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles) are definitely out.

Last season's fixture between the sides ended with the hosts grabbing the glory on the final day of the season.


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.

Wigan Athletic

Portsmouth

Corners

93

Fouls

169

Goal attempts

185

Shots off target

104

Offsides

12

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