Bolton Wanderers vs. Wigan Athletic  1 - 2


Martinez marvels at Wigan fight

12 February 2012 01:46

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was rapt with their third away win of the season in a crucial 2-1 Premier League victory over rivals Bolton.

The Spaniard was full of praise for his side as they controlled the game and fought to a much-needed victory to close the gap at the bottom of the league, but he warned his players not to rest on their laurels

"Today is the example of what we need to do from now until the end of the season," he told reporters.

"We're still living the dream and we're going to fight with our lives to carry on in this league."

"I think last week (draw against Everton) was a turning point, I felt we played really well and were the better side and that was a turning point in our season."

"I felt today we showed the same level of performance and that pleases me, we need to know that from now until the end of the season we've got 13 cup finals and it's about ourselves."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle was disappointed with the way his side began the game and how they allowed the visitors to dominate the first half.

"The first half performance is not good enough," the Scot told reporters.

"Ultimately goals change games and results."

"I think we made a reasonable start to the game but from that time on Wigan dominated possession and had one or two chances on the counter attack."

"To concede a goal two minutes from half time from a set play is galling because it's very clear you go on your designated man, you pick him up and that never happened and Gary Caldwell's got a free header."

The home side improved after the break and got themselves back into the game thanks to a wonder goal from Mark Davies.

But rather than going on to win the game, they were again pegged back - something Coyle said was unfair on his side.

"We started the second half well," he continued.

"We got the goal (from Mark Davies) which was a tremendous finish."

"And to be honest I'm disappointed not to take anything from the game given our second half performance."


Premier League: Bolton 1 Wigan 2

11 February 2012 18:21

Wigan secured just their fourth win of the season with a battling 2-1 victory over Bolton to close the gap at the bottom of the table.

Gary Caldwell gave Wigan the lead in the 43rd minute at Reebok Stadium but the hosts equalised through a wonder strike from Mark Davies just after the hour mark.

A James McArthur tap-in with 14 minutes to go won the game for the visitors and secured bragging rights over their local rivals.

With 14 minutes played the game had its first real opening for Wigan as they broke on the counter attack, with Victor Moses' left-footed shot hitting the side netting.

The half struggled after the lively opening quarter with neither side threatening the goal despite some strong build-up play in the middle of the pitch.

With seconds of the first half remaining the visitors took the lead from a set piece after some lax marking allowed Caldwell to rise above David Wheater and head past Adam Bogdan.

Wigan nearly doubled their lead early in the second half when Zat Knight failed to clear a cross, but Emmerson Boyce could only drag his shot wide.

More good interplay from Wigan saw McArthur combine with Moses before testing Bogdan with a low shot.

Bolton punished that miss by getting themselves back into the game in the 67th minute through Davies. A long ball from Bogdan fell perfectly to the tall striker who fired a stunning shot into the top corner.

But Bolton were only level for nine minutes as the visitors retook the lead when Moses' shot was parried into the path of McArthur, who made no mistake from five yards to seal the precious three points.


Premier League preview: Bolton v Wigan

9 February 2012 21:51

Points will be like gold dust on Saturday when bottom club Wigan journey to Reebok Stadium to meet fellow Premier League strugglers Bolton.

Bolton were anchored to the foot of the league table for much of the first half of the season, but Owen Coyle's men seemed to turn a corner late last month when they enjoyed a 3-1 win over Liverpool at home.

They followed that effort with a 0-0 draw at home against Arsenal, but just as things were looking up they were dealt a blow at Norwich on Saturday, going down 2-0 to Paul Lambert's side.

Wigan have taken over Bolton's mantle as cellar dwellers, and you have to go back to December 10 last year to find Roberto Martinez's team's last victory in the league - a 2-1 triumph at West Brom.

Wigan have gone nine games without a win in the league, leaving them on 16 points - two behind Blackburn Rovers and four adrift of Bolton, who are in 18th position.

In their most recent match, however, they played out a 1-1 draw with an in-form Everton side at home.

In their last meeting this season, goals from Nigel Reo-Coker, David N'Gog and Chris Eagles powered Wanderers to a 3-1 win at DW Stadium on October 16.

Coyle has some selection headaches ahead of the crunch fixture, with Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (ankle) joining long-term casualties Sean Davis (knee) and Stuart Holden (knee) on the sidelines.

South Korean international Lee Chung-Yong is racing against time to play this season, after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly against Newport County.

Martinez's squad is looking in good shape ahead of the match, with Shaun Maloney having a good chance to resume from a calf injury while defender Antolin Alcaraz made the bench against Everton after overcoming a groin strain.

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