Bolton Wanderers 4-0 Wigan Athletic

  • March 13, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton bounced back from their midweek defeat at Sunderland by beating Wigan Athletic 4-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

An early Johan Elmander goal had Wanderers 1-0 up at half time, with further goals from Kevin Davies (pen), Fabrice Muamba and Matt Taylor completing the rout after the break.

Latics started the game brightly and thought they should have had a penalty in the early stages when Hugo Rodallega went down under a challenge from Zat Knight, however referee Mike Dean waved play on.

They were left to rue that decision as Wanderers broke the deadlock with 10 minutes gone. After Davies had beaten off Titus Bramble, the ball fell to Elmander who beat Gary Caldwell before finding the back of Chris Kirkland's net.

Paul Scharner had a good chance to bring Wigan level on 19 minutes but failed to trouble Jussi Jaaskelainen with a free header.

Davies shot over the bar soon after and Andy O'Brien had an effort scrambled away to safety as Roberto Martinez's side struggled to keep the hosts out.

With 36 minutes on the clock, Charles N'Zogbia failed to trouble Jaaskelainen. He did, however, bring the Finland international into action a minute before the break, with Jaaskelainen reacting superbly to tip his goalbound effort around the post.

That save proved to be a pivotal point in the game as Bolton took their lead into the break, before adding to it just three minutes after the restart.

Caldwell was adjudged to have fouled Tamir Cohen inside the area and Davies stepped up to send Kirkland the wrong way from the spot and give Bolton a two-goal cushion.

Just five minutes later the lead increased once more, this time through an unexpected source.

Allowed time and space on the ball, Muamba managed to race beyond Caldwell before hitting his shot across Chris Kirkland and into the bottom corner for his first goal in Wanderers colours since joining in the summer of 2008.

Wigan went in search of a consolation goal and Rodallega headed over on the hour, but that was the only sign of any comeback being on the cards as Wanderers added a fourth on 69 minutes.

Caldwell was once again at fault for the goal as he failed to deal with an Elmander flick, allowing Taylor to latch on to the loose ball and strike past Kirkland with his weaker right foot.

As the game neared an end, Bolton began to play keep-ball and a superb move involving almost every player on the pitch ended with Ivan Klasnic, another substitute, sending an overhead kick just the wrong side of the post.

Vladimir Weiss, a third substitute, almost helped provide a fifth late on but after cutting inside two defenders, his low cross-shot was just too far ahead of both Davies and Klasnic who were waiting to pounce.

Titus Bramble sent a late header wide for the visitors but Bolton bounced back from their 4-0 defeat at Sunderland on Tuesday night in fine style, moving above the Black Cats in the Premier League in the process.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A O'Brien, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Weiss 72), Muamba, Cohen, Wilshere (Taylor 67), K Davies (Klasnic 76), Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Riga, Gardner, Shittu
Booked: Cohen
Goals: Elmander 10, K Davies 48(pen), Muamba 53, Taylor 69

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Boyce, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Scharner (Scotland 54), N'Zogbia, Diame, Moses (Gomez 54), McCarthy, Rodallega (Thomas 78)
Subs Not Used: Stojkovic, Amaya, Sinclair, Moreno
Booked: Scharner, Diame

Attendance: 20,053
Referee: Mike Dean

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