Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Wigan Athletic

  • February 11, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton slipped deeper into the relegation mire after a lacklustre performance saw them lose 2-1 at home to Wigan Athletic.

Gary Caldwell put the Latics ahead at the Reebok Stadium two minutes before the break after beating David Wheater in the air to head Jean Beausejour's corner past Adam Bogdan.

Mark Davies pulled the Trotters level with a superb first-time strike midway through the second half, but the visitors won the game when James McArthur put the ball in the empty net after Bogdan had parried a strike from Victor Moses.

The visitors started as they meant to go on and after a couple of half-chances, the first real chance fell to Moses who could only succeed in hitting the side netting.

Zat Knight saw a shot deflected behind moments later, before Nigel Reo-Coker sliced a volley out for a goal-kick as Bolton tried to get the advantage.

Franco Di Santo then came close to putting Wigan in front on 20 minutes. The Argentine raced away from the Wanderers midfield and almost succeeded in finding the top corner from the edge of the box, only for his shot to clear the bar.

A miscued cross from Emmerson Boyce almost put the visitors ahead five minutes later, with Bogdan doing well to get down and push the ball behind for a corner.

James McCarthy was next to try his luck, but his 20-yard strike flew harmlessly wide of the target as the game reached the half-hour mark with the Latics well on top.

Di Santo was inches away from making contact with a Jean Beausejour cross on 35 minutes and he brought Bogdan into another save two minutes before the break, with the Wanderers goalkeeper turning his shot behind.

From the resulting corner, Caldwell managed to escape the attention of Wheater get his head a Beausejour corner past Bogdan to give Wigan a deserved lead.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle reacted to a poor first half display by bringing on-loan Ryo Miyaichi on for Martin Petrov at the start of the second half.

Despite the change, Wigan remained the team in control and Boyce came inches away from doubling their lead three minutes after the restart with a fizzing strike that had Bogdan scrambling across his goal.

Wigan saw claims for a penalty turned down on 50 minutes when Di Santo went down inside the box under a challenge from Knight. Television replays appeared to show the Latics forward taking a dive, meaning he was lucky to stay on the pitch after being booked earlier in the game.

Another penalty appeal was turned down three minutes later as Boyce went down after a tussle with Miyaichi, but referee Howard Webb waved play on and the game continued.

McArthur should have doubled Wigan's lead on the hour. Moses picked out the midfielder after a superb run down the right, only for McArthur to shoot straight at Bogdan from close range.

Bolton registered their first shot on target with 61 minutes on the clock and it came in unfamiliar style, with Wheater bringing Ali Al Habsi into a low stop with a 25-yard strike.

Then, much against the run of play, Wanderers pulled themselves level midway through the half. Bogdan's long goal-kick struck David Ngog on the back and fell kindly for Mark Davies, who unleashed an unstoppable first-time shot past Al Habsi.

Pushing for the goal that would put them in front, Bolton were hit on the counter-attack with 14 minutes to go as Wigan took the lead for the second time.

Moses capitalised on a mistake by Sam Ricketts and after seeing his shot parried by Bogdan, McArthur was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net directly in front of the 2,000 travelling Wigan supporters.

Substitute Ivan Klasnic fired a volley over the crossbar on 82 minutes, before Al Habsi ensured Wigan would take three points from the game with a superb save to claw away a goalbound shot from Miyaichi.

Defeat for Bolton is their ninth reversal on home soil this season and they drop a place in 19th in the Premier League, with trips to Chelsea and Manchester City to come after the FA Cup tie at Millwall next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles (Tuncay 58), M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov (Miyaichi 46), K Davies (Klasnic 63), Ngog
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Pratley, Boyata
Booked: Reo-Coker, K Davies, Steinsson
Goals: M Davies 67

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Alcaraz, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez (Rodallega 74), Moses, Di Santo (Jones 90)
Subs Not Used: Nicholls, Crusat, Watson, Diame, Stam
Booked: Di Santo, McCarthy
Goals: Caldwell 43, McArthur 76

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 23,450

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
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