Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • May 02, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Wigan shared the spoils after an eventful goalless draw at the JJB Stadium.

Both sides had the chances to take all three points, as Wigan's Hugo Rodallega saw a shot come back off the post in the early stages, before a Gary Cahill volley crashed back off the crossbar just minutes later.

Matt Taylor saw a goal ruled out for offside before the break, although television replays showed he may have been level with the last defender, but neither side managed to break through their opposition's defence.

Wanderers were under pressure as early as the second minute. Rodallega picked up a backheel from Mido before striking goalwards, only for Jaaskelainen to somehow turn the shot onto his post after turning awkwardly in mid-dive.

Play was stopped for a couple of minutes while the Finland international received treatment on his knee, but he was fit to continue and the game continued.

Skipper Kevin Davies was soon at the centre of controversy after a strong challenge on Mido, but referee Mike Jones handled the situation well, speaking to both players before allowing play to continue.

With Jaaskelainen still suffering from a knee problem, Charles N'Zogbia tried his luck against the Bolton keeper, but the Finn turned the ball around for a corner.

The visitors then came close to breaking the deadlock at the other end. The Wigan defence failed to clear a Gavin McCann free-kick and Cahill's resulting volley came back off the crossbar after taking a deflection off Maynor Figueroa.

After a long period of inactivity from either frontline, Wanderers could have taken the lead three minutes before the break.

Johan Elmander succeeded in dispossessing Figueroa but after getting inside the penalty area, drove his shot into the side netting of Chris Kirkland's goal.

Wigan hit back immediately and Jaaskelainen pulled off the save of the game to deny them, tipping Mido's curling 25-yard effort over the bar.

Bolton then had the ball in the net in first half stoppage time, but Taylor was adjudged to have been offside, despite television replays showing otherwise.

After a goalless first period, the hosts had the first chance after the restart, but Rodallega's weak header failed to trouble Jaaskelainen.

Moments later, Gavin McCann found himself unmarked at the back post, but could only succeed in winning a corner after Kirkland saved from a tight angle.

Elmander saw a deflected effort sail just wide of goal after the hour, before Tamir Cohen headed over from close range from the following corner as Wanderers looked the most likely scorers.

Davies came close for Bolton in the closing minutes, with Kirkland tipping his header onto the crossbar, unaware that the referee had already blown for a foul against the Wanderers forward.

Lee Cattermole had the final shot of the game, but skied his effort into the stands in stoppage time as time ran out and both sides had to settle for a point a piece.

Bolton move above Stoke City into 12th in the Premier League, just one place and three points behind the Latics with three games to go.

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Melchiot (Boyce 46), Bramble, Scharner (Edman 53), Figueroa, Valencia, Brown, Cattermole, N'Zogbia, Rodallega, Mido (Zaki 75)
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Watson, De Ridder, Koumas
Booked: Cattermole, Mido

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, K Davies, Muamba, McCann, Cohen (Riga 79), Taylor, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Puygrenier, Hunt, Makukula, Smolarek, Basham
Booked: McCann, Muamba, Taylor

Attendance: 18,655
Referee: Mike Jones

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