Wigan win against ten-man Wolves

02 October 2010 02:41
Wigan Athletic took advantage of an early red card to secure an important 2-0 victory at home to out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers. The opening minutes saw the home side make the brighter start and their cause was further boosted just 11 minutes in when Wolves were reduced to ten men. Skipper Karl Henry was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Mason for a dreadful late and high tackle on Jordi Gomez, who was lucky to escape serious injury. The Latics, however, struggled to make the most of their advantage, while Steven Fletcher curled a 20-yard free-kick narrowly over the top for the visitors. Just before the interval Jody Craddock did well to block a Franco Di Santo effort and from the resulting corner Gomez was just unable to make a solid contact with a free header. In the opening minute of the second half Wigan almost broke through, as Hugo Rodallega fed Di Santo in the area, but his shot was blocked by keeper Marcus Hahnemann and then hacked clear from danger. The home side continued to hold the upper hand as the half progressed and they finally made the breakthrough just past the hour mark. Stephen Ward was penalised for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia and Gomez stepped up to curl the resulting free-kick on the edge of the area into the top corner of the net, leaving Hahnemann well beaten. Di Santo, N'Zogbia and sub Mohamed Diame all had efforts on target as the home side looked for a killer second goal, which finally arrived four minutes from time. N'Zogbia played the ball towards the arriving Rodallega and Christophe Berra's covering challenge saw the ball rebound off the Colombian and past the startled Hahnemann.

Source: ESA