Wigan Athletic 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 15, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's run of six successive league defeats came to an end as they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

A trio of Wanderers' summer signings were on target in the North West derby, as Nigel Reo-Coker*, David Ngog and Chris Eagles got themselves on the scoresheet.

Reo-Coker headed the visitors in front after just four minutes, but they were pegged back when Mohamed Diame equalised with a long range strike five minutes before the break.

Just as it looked like the two sides would head in level at the interval, Kevin Davies robbed possession from Steve Gohouri and squared the ball to Ngog, who won himself a yard of space and fired low in to the bottom corner in what was to be the last action of the half.

It looked as though Owen Coyle's side would be punished for missed chances after the restart, with Dedryck Boyata somehow heading wide from a yard out and Kevin Davies seeing a penalty saved by former Bolton stopper Ali Al Habsi, but they sealed the points in stoppage time as Eagles completed the scoring with a low strike past the Wigan goalkeeper.

After some poor displays at the DW Stadium in recent years, Bolton raced out of the blocks and found themselves ahead with just four minutes on the clock.

Darren Pratley released Eagles down the right flank and his cross to the near post was turned in by a combination of Reo-Coker and Latics defender Gary Caldwell, although the goal was later credited to the Wanderers midfielder.

Bolton continued their push for goals and almost doubled their lead a minute later, only for Eagles to see his fine curling effort clawed away by Al Habsi.

Eagles then saw a shot blocked by Caldwell, before Kevin Davies shot straight at Al Habsi after showing superb control to bring down a cross from Martin Petrov.

With half an hour on the clock, Jussi Jaaskelainen was brought into action for the first time. Ben Watson went straight for goal from a Wigan corner and the Finn was alert to push the goalbound ball behind.

Then, five minutes before the break and out of nothing, the hosts were level. A sliding challenge on Watson from Ngog diverted the ball into the path of Diame and he took one touch before unleashing a wicked dipping strike past Jaaskelainen.

Bolton restored their lead in the final seconds of first half stoppage time, though, as Davies robbed Gohouri of possession and laid the ball off to Ngog, to turned away from Caldwell and smashed a shot past Al Habsi.

Gohouri was placed by Hugo Rodallega at the start of the second period, but it was Bolton who remained on the front foot, with a speculative strike from Petrov bringing an easy save out of Al Habsi.

Rodallega brought a smart save out of Jaaskelainen on 52 minutes with a strike from an acute angle, but that was about as good as things got in a slow opening to the second 45 minutes.

Bolton had three great opportunities to seal the points as the game entered the final 20 minutes, but they somehow failed to make their bright spell count as Wigan held on for their lives.

First, Boyata somehow contrived in heading the ball wide of the target from a central position, just a yard from goal. Then, 60 seconds later, Eagles scuffed a shot from 12 yards when full contact would surely have resulted in a Wanderers goal.

As a result of Eagles' scuffed shot, Bolton won a corner and were subsequently awarded a penalty when Boyata went to ground from a shove by Caldwell.

After persuading Petrov to give him the ball, Davies stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his strike was tame and Al Habsi denied his former team-mate.

Al Habsi saved again from Petrov on 81 minutes and Moses hit the crossbar for the hosts at the other end, before Bolton completed the scoring in the second of five added minutes.

Eagles intercepted a poor pass from Antolin Alcaraz and after playing a one-two with substitute Ivan Klasnic, he ran away from Caldwell before checking his run and placing the ball into the corner of Al Habsi's net.

Eagles left the field to a standing ovation from the travelling fans in the final minute as he was replaced by Mark Davies, with Bolton completing a 3-1 win over their near neighbours.

The win moves Bolton out of the Premier League's relegation zone and up to 17th position. They return to action next Saturday when they host Steve Bruce's Sunderland at the Reebok Stadium.

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Gohouri (Rodallega 46), Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Watson (Figueroa 46), McCarthy (Maloney 75), Diame, Jones, Di Santo, Moses
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Crusat, McArthur, Sammon
Booked: Di Santo, Figueroa, Caldwell, Alcaraz
Goals: Diame 40

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson, Eagles (M Davies 90), Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov (Gardner 88), K Davies, Ngog (Klasnic 84)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Tuncay, Knight, Kakuta
Booked: Pratley, Robinson, Boyata, Petrov
Goals: Caldwell 4(og), Ngog 45, Eagles 90

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: 17,261

* Nigel Reo-Coker was later discredited with the opening goal. The Premier League's Dubious Goals Panel instead assigned it as a Gary Caldwell own goal.

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