Wigan v Wolves

02 October 2010 01:40
Saturday's Premier League action kicks off at 12.45pm where Wigan hope to take their first home win of the season against a Wolves side who have lost their last three games. Much is at stake, as the loser will go in to the international break marooned in the relegation zone. Follow the action live with Sportsmail.


Wigan 2-0 Wolves (12.45pm)Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa (Stam, 60), McCarthy, Thomas (Diame, 74),Gomez, N'Zogbia, Di Santo, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli,Moses, Steven Caldwell.

Goals: Gomez (60), Rodallega (86).

Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward (Ebanks-Blake, 82), Edwards (Bent, 82), Henry,Mancienne, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher (Elokobi, 52).Subs: Hennessey, Van Damme, Stearman, David Jones.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

14.40: Bitter disappointment for Wolves though who never looked like scoring and they will spend the international break in the drop zone.

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14.38: Wigan climb out the relegation zone and straight in to the top 10! Of course the 3pm games are still to come and you can follow them right here with Sportsmail by clicking here.

Full-time: Wigan 2-0 Wolves

90+3min: Wigan still attacking and Wastson wins a free-kick 30 yards out, with Christophe Berra picking up a yellow card for the challenge.

90min: Four minutes of injury time, but this one is over.

86min: GOAL! Wigan 2-0 Wolves

N'Zogbia again is the focal point, his through ball in the box is perfect for Hugo Rodallega to steal behind the defence and poke under Hahnemann to finally give Wigan's home fans something to smile about this season.

84min: But with the emphasis now on attack they are susceptible to the Wigan counter. Di Santo's day is over as Ben Watson comes on for the final few minutes to keep out Wolves.

82min: Here it comes. Stephen Ward and David Edwards are off and the striking duo of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Marcus Bent are on.

81min: I can't remember a Wolves shot on goal this half, McCarthy looks like he is going to make a double sub soon though.

77min: Marcus Hahnemann has ruined a strong contender for goal of the season! A long ball from Wigan finds Di Santo 30 yards out wide, and he fires an outrageous first time half-volley which looks to be dipping over the American before he gets just enough on it to keep it out.

76min: If I was a Wigan player, give the ball to N'Zogbia. He is twisting the Wolves players inside out. You can question his long term commitment to the club but he has played his part today.

74min: But its Martinez who makes a sub, with Mohamed Diame on for Thomas.

73min: McCarthy needs to change this, his side are going nowhere.

The script is there to bring on Marcus Bent, the striker of course an ex-Latic.

71min: In fact they don't have to defend, the pattern of the play remains the same with the home side keeping possession in the visitors half.

68min: Of course that changes everything. Wolves will have to attack now, and can Wigan's fragile defence hold out for their first home win of the season?

Special: Gomez's strike was sublime

65min: GOAL! Wigan 1-0 Wolves

Jordi Gomez steps up, gives himself an angle to kick from and unleashes a thunderbolt of a strike across goal. Despite being on Hahnemann's side, he had little chance of stopping that fly in to the top corner.

64min: Free-kick RIGHT on the edge of the box for Wigan, after Rodallega is slightly tripped with his back to goal. Big chance in the context of the game.

62min: Wigan are camped in Wolves' half but they run out of ideas as soon as they hit the penalty area, refusing to hit a ball in the box and just passing it across the field and back again.

Wolves and probably even my local pub team can deal with this sort of threat all day long.

60min: On the hour, Martinez makes his move. Ronnie Stam is on for Figueroa.

58min: It's all Wigan. They are knocking the ball around desperate to find a gap in the Wolves box but the visitors are holding firm and have so far not been hugely troubled, that Di Santo chance aside.

56min: Alcaraz especially. He contests a header with Doyle and lets the Irishman know his there with a little elbow, cue handbags, nothing too serious though.

55min: You can see the home side's improvement all over the pitch they are pressing hard for everything.even N'Zogbia.

52min: Wigan's start has frightened McCarthy in to an early sub, Fletcher is off with the more defensive George Elokobi on in his place.

Chance goes begging: Di Santo missed a glorious opportunity to put his side in front after the break

51min: Nice effort from James McCarthy, Wolves a bit shaky at the back can only clear as far as the midfielder on the edge of the box. Hisvolley is well hit but straight at Hanhemann who catches comfortably.

49min: I don't know what is in them half-time oranges or what Martinez has said to his side, but they have come flying out the blocks this half. They look far more positive in this opening spell.

46min: Ah has to score! Di Santo and Rodallega play a lovely one-two in the box and the former fires a point blank effort straight at Hanhemann, great build up play from the home side though.

13.47: Right, Wolves have scored in every game this season and also have a habit of conceding late. Either way we want goals! Second-half is underway.

13.40: It was Karl Henry that of course broke Bobby Zamora's leg but that looked an innocent looking challenge.

If that challenge on Gomez was against one of the 'big four' heaven forbid the aftermath following it.

I for one will be interested to see what Martinez has to say about it.

13.37: So on to literally the only talking point of that half.

The red card. it gets worse every time I see it.

13.33: The only positive from that half is both sides don't look resigned to a draw as they have shown purpose when going forward.

The confidence just seems to sap as soon as the final third of the pitch is reached. Come on someone is going to have to go for this one!

13.31: The scoreline frankly says it all.

Half-time: Wigan 0-0 Wolves

45+1min: One minute of added time.

45min: More cards from Mason, Hendry Thomas is fairly late as he sticks out a sly foot to trip David Edwards.

43min: That's more like it. James McCarthy picks out Di Santo out on the left and the Argentine cuts inside the box well before his shot is blocked for a corner.

Lack of goal action: The first half was desperately short of chances

41min: The corner sums up the game, a scrap for the loose ball in the box is ended when Fletcher catches Di Santo with a late kick as he goes for the ball. Touch reckless and he is booked.

39min: The game is becoming a tiny bit stretched. Wigan starting to show some urgency going forward but Wolves are not sitting back and they now have a corner.

35min: Hugo Rodallega is the next man to fire over for Wigan. He is crowded out on the edge of the box, and in truth it's the closest the home side have come.

33min: This is a pretty drab affair, no tempo no chancesbut I remain confident it will come to life (I hope).

31min: Dangerous free-kick for Wolves out wide on the right after Alcaraz pulls down Kevin Foley but Matt Jarvis' ball in the box evades everyone before trickling out for a throw-in.

29min:  For all his tantrums, N'Zogbia is a crucial player for the Latics. He beats his man with pace as he enters the penalty area but his low ball across the box has nobody attacking it and Wolves manage to escape without harm.

No hesitation: Lee Mason was quick to dismiss a distraught Henry

27min: In fact it's Wolves who are applying the more pressure winning two consecutive corners. Martinez's side manage to clear both comfortably.

26min: Wolves naturally dropping back but the home side look too scared to play any pass that dare go forward. Too often players are nervously just squaring it to a team mate before sending hopeful balls in to the box.

24min: Good play from Di Santo, he times a run perfectly to run on to Gomez's pass but he soon crowded out by Wolves players on th eright hand side of th ebox. With no immediate back-up to help him the attack soon fizzles out.

22min: Wigan not making the most of their man advantage here, the play still remains even in the central of the pitch.

19min: First real chance for Wolves, Doyle draws a foul central to the goal 25 yards out and Fletcher fancies this.

But his left foot effort just clears the cross bar, unlucky with that.

17min: Back on comes Alcaraz, who has missed quite a bit since he went off. He is sporting what looks like a bit of bandaged tape next to his right eye after some stitches, well a single long stitch apparently.

16min: Jordi Gomez is next up, he looks to be OK after that tackle but his speculative effort from 30 yards bobbles safely past Hahnemann's left hand post.

15min: There is our first shot, Figueroa makes himself space on the edge of the box but his right foot effort is always rising over Marcus Hahnemann's goal.

12min: That is disgraceful challenge. Karl Henry has gone flying in to the side of Jordi Gomez with the ball long gone. He looks apologetic but Gomez is lucky not to be seriously injured from that. Mason had no hesitation in rightly brandishing a straight red.

Long way down: Karl Henry's challenge was very late on Jordi Gomez

11min: RED CARD (Karl Henry, Wolves)

10min: I just wonder with Kevin Doyle. McCarthy buys a proven goal scorer in Fletcher and rather partner him in attack with Doyle, it seems the Irishman has been booted out to the left wing. Still no shots.

8min: Bad news for Martinez, Antolin Alcaraz has picked up a cut on his head and he has to temporarily go off to stop the blood flow and then presumably come back on with a silly bandage round his head.

6min: Untidy start to this game, been fairly scruffy and no side has really asserted any kind of dominance.

4min: Good omen for the Latics, Lee Mason was in charge the last time they won at home, the astonishing 3-2 victory against Arsenal having been 2-0 down.

2min: Early pressure from Wolves, they are looking to get the ball out the wide for crosses in the box. Steven Fletcher gets his head to just one of those but it lacks power and direction, as Wigan tidy up.

12.45: We are underway at the DW Stadium.

12.42: Autumn sun at its finest greets the players on the pitch. Wigan seem up for this based on the back slapping and all rounds words of encouragement in the tunnel from the players.

12.39: Before you start getting other ideas, just no. Both sides will not be scared to attack and this will not finish 0-0.I absolutely guarantee it.

12.38: In all seriousness though this is a massive game for both sides.

Another home defeat for Roberto Martinez would be soul destroying. But a Wolves defeat would mean a fourth on the bounce for Mick McCarthy.

As mentioned at the top, the loser will end this weekend in the relegation zone, just to add a little bit of spice.

12.35: Hmmm the start is just under 10 minutes away and the DW Stadium does not even look half-full. I am genuinely double checking the kick-off time it's that empty.

12.31: Wolves for all me talking them up, are still yet to win away from home this season, but they have scored more goals away than Wigan have anywhere all season.

12.28: Charles N'Zogbia, Franco Di Santo and Hugo Rodallega are a mixture of creative and goal scoring players and it is about time they delivered on the pitch.

Even failing that I have seen Maynor Figueroa score from over 50 yards, so you do wonder just what is the problem with the Latics?

12.24: Looking at Wigan's starting lineup I'm actually quite surprised just how poor they have been in front of goal this season.

12.22: Wolves will fancy their chances in breaking their losing streak this afternoon, and if they continue like they finished against Aston Villa last week, they are in for a good shout.

Andy Townsend though does not agree and to read his prediction's and thoughts on all of this weekend's matches just click here.

12.19: Here is the team news from the DW Stadium:

Wigan v WolverhamptonWigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa, McCarthy, Thomas, Gomez, N'Zogbia, Di Santo, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, Moses, Steven Caldwell, Diame, Stam.Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, Mancienne, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: Hennessey, Van Damme, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, David Jones, Bent.Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

12.18: Much has been made of Wigan's start and more specifically their quite frankly laughable home record. But it has to improve some timedoesn't it?

12.15: Ok I admit the stats don't look good for this one. Wigan haveonly scored twice all season and Wolves are not exactly in their bestrun of form to capitalise on it, but stick with this one, as I think wewill have 'one of those' games this afternoon.

Alarming: Stam (left) will hope to help end Wigan's appalling home record

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