Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 17, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were left to reflect on wasted chances as they played out a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Wanderers had the better of the chances on the night and, despite Wigan having hit a post in the first half, will feel that they should have come away with all three points.

They started brightly and almost had the lead inside two minutes when Lee Chung-Yong's shot from the edge of the area went narrowly wide of Chris Kirkland's right-hand post.

Matt Taylor also saw an early strike go wide of goal as Owen Coyle's side looked to get an early advantage in the Lancashire derby.

But the lively start soon faded out and it wasn't until 20 minutes in that the next chance came along, this time for the hosts.

Man-of-the-match Charles N'Zogbia cut in from the right flank and sent a looping shot over Jussi Jaaskelainen, only to see it come back off the post and roll away from danger.

Johan Elmander then scuffed a shot wide from distance, as did Wigan debutant Marcelo Moreno at the other end, as the first 45 minutes passed by without any major incident to talk about from either side.

Bolton started the second half brightly and almost broke the deadlock within a minute of the restart. Elmander forced January signing Gary Caldwell into a moment of panic, almost resulting in the Scotland diverting the ball into his own net.

Hugo Rodallega headed wide for the hosts soon after, before Fabrice Muamba sliced a shot wide for Coyle's men at the other side.

With 15 minutes to go, a neat build-up involving Elmander and Kevin Davies resulted in Taylor shooting agonisingly wide from the edge of the area with Kirkland appearing to be a beaten man.

Taylor soon had another attempt to open the scoring but once again shot wide from a narrow angle after being played in by Davies, all after Rodallega saw a spectacular effort go over the bar at the other end.

Wanderers saw a late succession of corner-kicks come and go but in the end neither side managed to force either goalkeeper into a save and the game ended as a stalemate.

The result leaves Bolton in serious danger in the Premier League's bottom three, with another derby game next up when they make the short trip to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble (Scotland 51), Figueroa, Scharner, McCarthy, Diame, N'Zogbia, Moreno (Moses 80), Rodallega
Subs Not Used: Stojkovic, Thomas, Gomez, Sinclair, Boyce

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Weiss 70), Muamba, Gardner (Cohen 84), Taylor (Wilshere 87), Elmander, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, M Davies, A O'Brien
Booked: Muamba

Attendance: 18,089
Referee: Howard Webb

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