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  • Date:26 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:26,901
  • Fletcher (86)
  • Rodallega (8) Cleverley (19)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:30 +1.30

Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

90:28 +0.28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Mohamed Diame.

88:54

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Kevin Foley gets a block in. Short corner taken by Tom Cleverley.

87:31

The referee blows for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

86:20

Steven Fletcher gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Wigan.

85:31

Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post.

80:17

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

79:33

Effort from inside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the right of the goal.

75:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

72:47

Booking for Tom Cleverley for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Cleverley on Matthew Jarvis. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from left wing.

72:03

Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

71:19

Mohamed Diame produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

69:43

(Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Steven Fletcher coming on for George Elokobi.

67:52

The ball is delivered by Hugo Rodallega.

66:05

Mohamed Diame fouled by Ronald Zubar, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson.

64:09

Ronald Zubar is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Ben Watson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

61:49

Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.

61:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

60:24

Ronnie Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis.

59:11

Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mohamed Diame.

58:59

Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Ronnie Stam gets a block in.

53:54

Matthew Jarvis joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Edwards.

51:15

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

50:52

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

48:36

Charles N'Zogbia takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Stearman.

45:58 +0.58

Richard Stearman challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Gohouri.

45:05 +0.05

Antolin Alcaraz receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Stephen Ward. Stephen Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.

41:16

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line to the near post.

40:35

James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Milijas. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

38:42

Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Hugo Rodallega results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

37:58

Ben Watson is booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Ben Watson. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

35:54

Tom Cleverley challenges Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.

35:01

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Ben Watson.

33:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Cleverley on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nenad Milijas, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

33:42

Foul by Tom Cleverley on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nenad Milijas, save by Ali Al Habsi.

31:46

Shot from 35 yards by Hugo Rodallega went wide of the left-hand upright.

30:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Foley on Tom Cleverley. Ben Watson takes the free kick.

27:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Ben Watson. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

24:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

23:43

Centre by David Edwards, Stephen Hunt has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

23:19

The referee penalises Tom Cleverley for handball. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.

21:15

Foul by James McArthur on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

19:27

Tom Cleverley grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-2 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Hugo Rodallega.

19:02

Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

17:28

Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.

16:56

David Edwards takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.

16:24

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

13:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Steve Gohouri. Direct free kick taken by Steve Gohouri.

12:19

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

11:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Steve Gohouri. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.

10:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Ronnie Stam. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball, Christophe Berra takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

8:48

A goal is scored by Hugo Rodallega from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Wigan.Gary Caldwell provided the assist for the goal.

7:44

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Ward. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Ward.

5:03

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward, clearance by Gary Caldwell. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt.

2:24

Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, Charles N'Zogbia makes a clearance.

1:20

Ronnie Stam produces a cross, James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

The game kicks-off.

The half-time whistle blows.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

More problems for Mick Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will check on the fitness of a host of players before finalising his side for the Barclays Premier League clash at Wigan on Boxing Day. McCarthy will hope defender Christophe Berra (thigh) and midfielder Nenad Milijas (foot) have recovered from injuries suffered in the win over Birmingham a fortnight ago. But Matt Jarvis (knee), Kevin Doyle (thigh), Michael Mancienne (knee), David Jones (foot), Jody Craddock (hip) and Steven Mouyokolo (back) are doubts. Skipper Karl Henry is unlikely to have recovered from a knee setback although he is making good progress. Adlene Guedioura (broken leg) and Michael Kightly (knee) remain the long-term absentees. McCarthy insists #7million club record signing Steven Fletcher is "going nowhere". Striker Fletcher has struggled to make an impact at Molineux since his summer move from Burnley for whom he scored 13 goals last season. He was initially troubled by an ankle injury and was then played out wide rather than in a forward role. There has been speculation that Fletcher is looking to leave the midlands club. But McCarthy is adamant Fletcher is staying. McCarthy said: "He lost a fair bit of weight, but he's looking much better and he looks sharp. "He'll be fine and all that was written about him leaving was nonsense. "There's no chance of him going nowhere. "I said to him yesterday: 'I bought you and you're different class.' "I told him I don't believe one word of what was in the papers because there aren't any quotes from him anyway. "I said: 'If anyone is being mischievous it doesn't matter to me because you're staying here, you're going to play so get yourself back in the team and play like I know you can."' Club captain Gary Caldwell and on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley are back in contention for Wigan having recovered from thigh and hip problems respectively. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will be without Honduras internationals Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa as both players serve one-match suspensions. Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) and Franco Di Santo (ankle) are still not fit to return while James McCarthy and Victor Moses are long-term casualties. Martinez wants his players to treat their Boxing Day relegation clash with Wolves like a final - although he feels any suggestion it is a game they cannot afford to lose is wide of the mark. December 26 looks set to be an important day at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, with Fulham, who lie 17th in the table, hosting 20th-placed West Ham in a midday kick-off. Wigan and Wolves - currently sitting between the two London sides in 18th and 19th respectively - then meet at Molineux, a contest where Martinez admits the stakes will be high. The Spaniard does not, however, believe that defeat would spell disaster for his team. "We have 21 games left in the league, so I don't think it would be realistic to say that you cannot lose this game," Martinez said. "What is quite clear is that it is a more than important game - it is really significant because of what it means. "It is a direct confrontation between two clubs who at the moment are sharing a similar position in the table, and that makes it a special encounter. "But we know we need to be successful over the next four months. It is not about one game - it is making sure that over the second half of the campaign, we are as strong as we can be. "You always look at these games as important games, though, because it is more than points. "You are working for that psychological advantage and it is a game where you have to take it as a final."

Formation:4411Manager: Mick McCarthy

Wolverhampton

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Ronald Zubar
  • Richard Stearman
  • Christophe Berra
  • George Elokobi
  • Kevin Foley
  • David Edwards
  • Nenad Milijas
  • Stephen Hunt
  • Stephen Ward
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • SUBS
  • Marcus Hahnemann
  • Steven Fletcher
  • David Jones
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Marcus Bent
  • Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
  • Matt Doherty

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Match Report

Wigan move on up Wigan moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after winning their basement battle with Wolves 2-1 at Molineux. Hugo Rodallega gave the Latics the lead in the ninth minute when he volleyed past Wayne Hennessey and the Colombian striker then turned provider just over 10 minutes later, feeding the ball to Tom Cleverley, who slotted home to make it 2-0. Wanderers, who had two penalty appeals turned down before the interval, pulled one back through substitute Steven Fletcher late on but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Wigan held out to secure a precious victory. The pressure surrounding the game had been increased by West Ham's 3-1 triumph at Fulham earlier in the day, which took Avram Grant's side off the bottom of the table. Wolves have taken their place at the foot of the league, while Wigan are up to 16th off the back of their first win since November 13. The visitors created the first opening after only two minutes as Ronnie Stam sent a useful cross into the box, but James McArthur could not get enough power on his header which Hennessey collected comfortably. The hosts responded with a spell of pressure and Stephen Ward won a corner after linking up well with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. It was taken by Stephen Hunt and caused a scramble in the area but the Latics managed to get the ball away. Three minutes later, another corner led to Wigan going ahead. It was only partially cleared by the Wolves defence and the ball was sent back into the box, where Gary Caldwell flicked it over several golden shirts and Rodallega turned to fire it past Hennessey. Christophe Berra was presented with an opportunity to quickly equalise, but it came at him too fast from a free-kick and bounced off his thigh, Ali Al Habsi getting down to make the save. Ebanks-Blake then struck a volley from Ward's knock-down that rose high over the crossbar, but soon after, Wigan doubled their advantage. With 20 minutes on the clock, Rodallega collected a throw-in and laid the ball to Cleverley, who finished coolly to register his third goal in four games. Wolves fans were stunned and a few moments later they cried out in protest as Steve Gohouri appeared to bring Ward down in the box, but referee Mike Dean waved play on. Hunt rose to meet Dave Edwards' cross at the far post but could not get his effort on target and Al Habsi then seemed to have been caught out by the deflection Nenad Milijas' free-kick took on its way towards goal, but the Oman international pulled off an impressive save with his foot as his body moved the opposite way. Wigan survived another penalty scare when Dean ruled Antolin Alcaraz had not handled in the area, and the visitors looked like they might add another goal just before the break, but Cleverley saw his attempt blocked by Richard Stearman. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy threw on Matt Jarvis for Edwards 10 minutes into the second period in an attempt to give his side some more attacking impetus, although it was Cleverley who looked threatening again just after the hour mark, the on-loan Manchester United midfielder getting a shot away that Hennessey was equal to. Play immediately switched and Jarvis drove forward before sliding a ball into the danger zone, but it was dealt with by the Latics backline. Ronald Zubar was then booked after bringing down Charles N'Zogbia on the edge of the box. Ben Watson took the set-piece but sent it over the crossbar. McCarthy made another offensive change by introducing Fletcher in place of George Elokobi and Cleverley was next into the referee's book after he upended Jarvis. Fletcher tried an ambitious overhead effort in the 80th minute which amounted to nothing, but with three minutes of normal time remaining, the Scotland striker handed Wolves a lifeline, prodding the ball in from close range after Jarvis' cross had ricocheted around a crowd of players. The home side then desperately pressed for the leveller but could not find a way through before Dean blew for full-time.

Form Guide

    LLLWLW
  • Wolverhampton
  • VS
  • Wigan
  • DWLLDD

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 2 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 02/10/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 16/01/2010
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 18/08/2009

Top Scorers

Wolverhampton

  • S Ebanks-Blake 4
  • S Fletcher 3
  • S Hunt 2
  • K Foley 2
  • M Jarvis 2
  • N Milijas 1
  • K Doyle 1
  • D Jones 1
  • D Edwards 1

Wigan

  • H Rodallega 4
  • C N'Zogbia 3
  • T Cleverley 2
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1

Goals

Wolverhampton

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 18
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Wigan

    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 13
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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