Wigan Athletic 5-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 16, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Wigan Athletic recorded their biggest-ever win over Bolton, whose slump towards relegation continued with a 5-2 defeat at the DW Stadium.

Early goals in each half from Joe Garner and Gavin Massey had already put the Latics on course for a routine victory, before Nick Powell made it 3-0 to the hosts with only 55 minutes played.

Gary O'Neil reduced the deficit shortly after the hour, only for Michael Jacobs to make it 4-1 on 69 minutes.

Sammy Ameobi came off the bench to bring Wanderers back to within two goals of an unlikely point with 10 minutes remaining, only for Leon Clarke to add to the margin of Wigan's victory little over 60 seconds later as they scored five times against their near neighbours for the first time in their history.

Back in the dugout following a two-match touchline ban, Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson made three changes to the side that started against Sheffield Wednesday - with Andrew Taylor, Will Buckley and Clayton Donaldson taking the places of Pawel Olkowski, Craig Noone and Ameobi, all of whom were named amongst the substituts.

The visitors were on the back foot in the opening exchanges, with Jason Lowe going into the book with less than three minutes played for a foul of Jacobs.

From the resulting free-kick, Reece James whipped the ball into the box from the left-hand side and Garner was on hand to head beyond Remi Matthews from close range.

It was the worst possible start for Bolton, who were then forced into a change with eight minutes gone as Olkowski came on for the injured Lowe.

Play was halted once again in the 12th minute as referee Robert Jones allowed medical personnel onto the field after a clash of heads between Donaldson and Latics' Cedric Kipre.

With the ball back in play, the Trotters fashioned their first opportunity on the quarter-hour but former Wigan loanee Callum Connolly couldn't keep his header down as he connected with a corner from O'Neil.

Set plays looked looked likely to be Bolton's best chance of a breakthrough and they came close again on 26 minutes, with another delivery from O'Neil causing panic in the Latics defence. Goalkeeper Christian Walton flapped at a ball into his penalty area and was fortunate to see it land on the roof of his net.

Connolly, who had challenged Walton in the air, received a bang on the nose for his troubles - with play stopped for several minutes to stem the flow of flood.

Wigan should have doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour, as Powell latched on to a through ball from former Bolton loan full-back Antonee Robinson. With Powell closing in on Matthews, Mark Beevers came across to make a timely interception and clear to safety.

The provider moments earlier, Robinson should have scored himself moments later after he cut in to meet a pass from Powell before seeing his shot turned behind by Matthews.

Joe Williams saw a stinging drive deflect behind at the other end after a free-kick from Taylor was only half cleared, while the final chance of the half saw O'Neil force a fine save out of Walton.

There was one change to the Bolton side as the players returned for the second period, as Ameobi came on in place of Donaldson to join Josh Magennis in attack.

Any hope of a drastic change in fortunes was fashed inside six minutes of the restart, however, as Massey ran clear of Taylor before seeing a low drive deflect off Jack Hobbs and in off the inside of the post.

Wanderers then conceded a third in humiliating circumstances on 55 minutes as Garner pounced on a mistake from Matthews, who had put the ball down on the edge of his box, before rolling across for Powell to slot into an empty net.

Magennis fired a free-kick over the crossbar from 20 yards as Bolton looked to respond immediately, and they did reduce the deficit just after the hour as Olkowski's cross from the right was knocked down by Magennis and O'Neil volleyed beyond Walton to make it 3-1.

An acrobatic effort from Olkowski went over the bar midway through the half, before Wigan made it 4-1 as Jacobs, who had been denied moments earlier, picked out the top corner from the edge of the area with a piledriver that left Matthews clutching at nothing but air.

Connolly and Ameobi both saw attempts stopped by Walton as the clock ticked towards the final 10 minutes, which was when Wanderers did find the net again as a deflected header from Magennis fell kindly for Ameobi to slot home.

Latics re-established their three-goal cushion little over 60 seconds later, however, as Nathan Byrne's cross was headed goalwards by Clarke, who saw the ball bounce over the line despite the best efforts of Matthews.

Byrne was denied a goal of his own in the closing stages with a shot that struck the outside of the post, with referee Jones soon calling time as Wigan emerged 5-2 victors in their own battle against relegation.

With eight games left to play, Bolton enter the international break eight points from safety and with the worst goal difference in the Championship.

They return to action in a fortnight's time, when they face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Wigan Athletic: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson, James, Morsy, Massey (Gibson 83), Powell (Windass 71), Jacobs, Garner (Clarke 71)
Subs Not Used: Jones, McManaman, Naismith, Olsson
Goals: Garner 4, Massey 51, Powell 55, Jacobs 69, Clarke 81

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Lowe (Olkowski 8), Buckley (Noone 82), Connolly, J Williams, O'Neil, Magennis, Donaldson (Ameobi 45)
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Wilson, Wheater, Connell
Booked: Lowe
Goals: O'Neil 62, Ameobi 80

Referee: Robert Jones
Attendance: 13,664

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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