Wigan Athletic vs. Swansea City  0 - 2

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Rodgers hails convincing victory

4 March 2012 00:43

Brendan Rodgers believes Swansea City were 'outstanding' following their 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

The Welsh side controlled large parts of the game and recorded their third away victory of the season thanks to an impressive double from Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

"It was a convincing win," Rodgers said. "I thought we were outstanding today, we showed every element of our game."

"Some of our play was outstanding and obviously we scored two goals and could've had three or four."

"When we had the man (Nathan Dyer) sent off we had to show other side of our game. I still felt we had great control but we didn’t have the ball so much but we restricted them to very few chances."

Rodgers heaped praise on Sigurdsson, who scored a stunning long-range effort in the final seconds of the first half and doubled his tally with an excellent free kick to secure the three points.

"Glyfi creates goals and scores goals," Rodgers said. "He's a midfield player who’s instinct is to score goals, and in this league you need players with those qualities."

"Possession is no good on its own, you have to have penetration and Gylfi gives us that."

"He's been a huge plus since he's come in, it's what he’s here to for to create and score goals and he does that masterfully."

Despite the defeat, Wigan boss Martinez was also full of praise for Swansea's performance and cited the midweek international friendlies as part of the reason why his side failed to deliver.

"Physically we couldn't cope," Martinez said. "Give credit to Swansea, they took the goals extremely well, especially the first one and that’s the reason we lost the game."

"They were clinical with the two goals and that’s been a real good cushion. They made it very frustrating for us, we got really anxious, and I think the position in the table showed too much in our environment."

"It's a result that I need to take responsibility (for), we were not anywhere near the level we showed against Villa, Bolton and Everton."

"It's a reality check but we need to get ready for last 11 games, we know what we have to do and now is the time to focus on that."

"(We had) people arriving last night from seven, eight, nine hour flights and we’ve had eight players away but that’s not an excuse it’s a reality."

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Wigan chairman seeks Martinez meeting

3 March 2012 22:17

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan will call a meeting with Roberto Martinez to discuss his side's 2-0 home defeat to Swansea City.

Wigan are currently sitting at the bottom of the Premier League having won just twice since the start of December.

Two goals either side of the break from Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson sunk Wigan and even Nathan Dyer's dismissal, which reduced the visitors to 10 men, could not inspire Martinez's side to perform.

"That was our worst performance in four or five years," Whelan told the BBC.

"I will have a meeting with him on Monday morning and ask him some questions about the performance and his selection."

"We had three quality players on the bench and I want to know why."

Whelan has denied rumours that Martinez's job is under review, despite the fact that his club have only won one league game since mid-December.

"Roberto Martinez's future is secure, he has done a great job for the club."

"But we will have a meeting on Monday when he will put his cards on the table and I will do the same."

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Premier League: Wigan 0 Swansea 2

3 March 2012 18:34

Two goals from Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson secured Swansea's third away win of the season with a 2-0 victory over a lacklustre Wigan.

The visitors dominated possession throughout and could have scored five on a better day but had to settle for two long-range efforts from Sigurdsson.

His first was curled into the top corner in first-half injury time and his second, a beautiful free-kick, curled over the wall and into the net 10 minutes after the interval.

Even the dismissal of midfielder Nathan Dyer could not give Wigan a way back as their search for a second home win continues.

The visitors dominated possession for the majority of the first half with Joe Allen and Leon Britton pulling the strings in midfield.

Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer caused problems down both wings as Wigan were trapped inside their own half for the first 20 minutes.

The first real chance came after half an hour when Sigurdsson played a lovely ball inside Maynor Figueroa for Dyer and the winger hit his shot first time but Ali Al Habsi saved well.

The home side lacked a real goal threat and their best opportunities of the half came within seconds of each other in the 37th minute.

Jean Beausejour crossed from the left into the Swansea penalty area for Franco Di Santo and although the Argentine striker got into a good position he was unable to connect to the Chilean's cross.

Seconds later Figueroa's deep cross was headed straight at Michel Vorm by Emmerson Boyce.

The pressure told on Wigan in the final seconds of the half as Swansea took the lead through Sigurdsson.

Steven Caulker played a neat ball into him but he was closed down by two defenders.

He managed to curl in a 20-yard strike over Al Habsi and into the top corner to give the visitors the perfect end to a half they dominated.

The home side introduced Victor Moses and Mohamed Diame at the break and Moses caused problems straight away as he raced past Neil Taylor, but Di Santo couldn't convert his final ball.

Swansea did not let their hosts settle though and in the 53rd minute nearly doubled their lead as Allen robbed the ball in the middle of the pitch.

He found Graham who played it back to the midfielder but Al Habsi made a good save from his low shot.

Seconds later Swansea did have their second goal and it was that man Sigurdsson again with another wonderful strike from distance.

This time the Icelandic international curled a 22-yard free kick over the wall and into the far corner giving Al Habsi no chance.

Wigan were given a way back into the game on the hour when Dyer was sent off for a high challenge on Jordi Gomez.

The winger put his foot up high in the challenge and caught the Spaniard on the foot and referee Andre Mariner had no hesitation in issuing the red card.

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Premier League preview: Wigan v Swansea

1 March 2012 21:05

Wigan welcome Swansea City to DW Stadium on Saturday as their English Premier League relegation battle continues.

Roberto Martinez's men are anchored to the bottom of the table, but have maintained touch with safety after a run of three league matches without defeat.

A win at home to promoted Swansea would see them out of the bottom three, while Brendan Rodgers' 14th-placed side will also be keen to move further clear of the drop zone.

The Spaniard, who was forced to defend the state of the DW Stadium pitch after Aston Villa striker Darren Bent's injury during the 0-0 draw between the teams, wants his team to improve on their record of just one win from 13 home league matches.

But Rodgers warned it was also a huge encounter for his side, who have lost two straight league games and are nine points clear of Blackburn Rovers.

"There are only 12 games left now and I'm sure Wigan will have a big motivation," Rodgers said.

"It's massive for them, but it's massive for us as well. Every game is a big one for us from now on, even though we are 10 points clear of Wigan at the moment."

"When you play a rival who is down there, you want to keep that distance between you in terms of points. Whichever way you look at it, Saturday is a big game."

Wigan have scored a league-worst 23 goals this season, and have struggled to keep teams out despite the strong form of goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The Omani shot-stopper has produced several excellent performances to keep Wigan in games this campaign, while he has also saved five of the last 10 penalties he has faced in the Premier League.

Swansea's Michel Vorm has been just as good, keeping nine clean sheets, and could return from a virus for the trip to Wigan.

While the Dutchman has starred at one end of the park, it has been Danny Graham (10 league goals) and Scott Sinclair (seven) impressing up front.

Rodgers is almost certain to welcome back Vorm, but Kemy Agustien, Andrea Orlandi and Ferrie Bodde are likely to be sidelined through injury.

Wigan have a full squad available as they look to improve their poor home record.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25