Wigan Athletic 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 23, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Johan Elmander scored his fifth goal of the season as Bolton came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Hugo Rodallega gave the Latics the lead just before the hour, but Elmander struck just seven minutes later as Wanderers claimed their sixth draw in nine league games so far this season.

Wanderers started the game brightly and came close to breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions when Kevin Davies headed and then volleyed over the crossbar from right-wing crosses.

Martin Petrov sent a couple of long range shots into the stands as Bolton pressed for the advantage, but their early pressure faded out as neither side gained a foothold in the game.

That was the only offering of the first half hour, after which play was stopped as Wigan's James McCarthy received treatment on an ankle injury sustained in a challenge with Fabrice Muamba. McCarthy was replaced by Mohamed Diame and play continued.

With 35 minutes gone, Charles N'Zogbia came close to giving the hosts the lead. The former Newcastle United man cut inside from the right flank and curled an effort narrowly wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's right-hand post.

Rodallega was next to try his luck for Roberto Martinez's side, but he scuffed his shot straight at Jaaskelainen after a fine burst forward.

Jaaskelainen held on to another Rodallega shot soon after and when the Finn was finally beaten, Bolton had Gary Cahill to thank as he got his head in the way of N'Zogbia's goalbound strike just before the break.

After the break, Rodallega shot over the crossbar, but made amends for that miss just before the hour as he gave the hosts the lead, despite a hint of offside in the build up.

Receiving the ball from N'Zogbia, Franco Di Santo, who appeared to be in an offside position, played in Rodallega and the Colombian slotted past an unrushing Jaaskelainen.

That sparked Wanderers boss Owen Coyle into action and he made a double substitution on 65 minutes as Matt Taylor and Rodrigo Moreno, who was making his Premier League debut, came on to replace the ineffective Petrov and Lee Chung-Yong.

Those changes pushed the visitors forward and they were level just a minute later. After Stuart Holden's cross from the right was knocked down by Davies, Taylor managed to pick out Elmander who stabbed the ball under the body of Chris Kirkland and over the line to equalise.

Moments later, Rodrigo sent a volley towards goal, but this time Kirkland scrambled across his near post to keep the effort out.

At the other end, a Di Santo strike deflected off Gretar Steinsson and into the side netting, with many of the home support thinking the ball had crept beyond Jaaskelainen and into the bottom corner.

Rodallega then, somehow, managed to miss the target from six yards when he rose highest from a corner, only to send the effort high and wide of the target.

Substitute Tom Cleverley also missed from close range late on as Bolton held on to claim a point on their travels, extending their good start to the season, where they have been beaten just once in nine league outings.

The result leaves Bolton in 8th place in the Premier League with Liverpool up at the Reebok Stadium next Sunday.

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Boyce (Stam 52), S Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Di Santo, Thomas, McCarthy (Diame 30), Gomez (Cleverley 83), N'Zogbia, Rodallega
Subs Not Used: Nicholls, Watson, Bosell, Moses
Goals: Rodallega 59

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 65), Holden, Muamba (M Davies 86), Petrov (Taylor 65), Elmander, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Ricketts, Blake, Cohen
Booked: Cahill, Robinson
Goals: Elmander 66

Attendance: 17,100
Referee: Howard Webb

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