Date:Saturday May 5 2007
Today`s game at the JJB was one that the Latics simply had to win.
Paul Jewell made several changes from the starting line-up against West Ham last week and the defence had a new look about it with Boyce and Scharner at centre half and Ryan Taylor brought in at right back.
In the opening 20 minutes the Latics had Boro on the back foot, though only created one real chance with Lee McCulloch grazing the bar with a header.
Middlesbrough, who hadn`t created a chance, took the lead on 29 minutes.
Stuart Downing took a free kick from the right 22 yards out; as he ran up he slipped and spooned the ball into the air.
Mark Viduka reacted quickly and slotted home from close range to put Boro in front.
There was little more goal mouth action in a first half that referee Mark Clattenburg added on an extra 6 minutes.
The Latics, although having most of the possession, rarely threatened as the game wore on.
They lacked real quality and didn`t force Schwarzer into any meaningful saves.
Ryan Taylor came closest to scoring for the Latics with a free kick from 30 yards that sizzled inches wide.
In the dying moments Pollitt came up for a corner, but it was too little too late.
Latics need to go to Sheffield United next week and win to have any hope of remaining in the Premiership for another season.
Mike Pollitt, Leighton Baines (David Unsworth), Emmerson Boyce, Paul Scharner, Ryan Taylor, Denny Landzaat (David Cotterill), Josip Skoko, Luis Antonio Valencia, Julius Aghahowa (Caleb Folan), Emile Heskey, Lee McCulloch
Mark Schwarzer, Julio Arca, Andrew Davies, Emanuel Pogatetz, Andrew Taylor, Jonathan Woodgate, George Boateng (Lee Cattermole), Stewart Downing, Fabio Rochemback, Dong-Gook Lee (Adam Johnson), Mark Viduka (Jason Euell)
Latics Man of the match Emile Heskey
Have your say on the 'Latics Speyk` message board
Vital Wigan is back, so why not join up and join in?
Message Board We also need your help in the forum, so join up and kick off the debate, or if you have a forum at the moment, why not enquire about merging with Vital and get free hosting + an income? To visit the message board, click here. Get involved
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Wigan.
Date:Saturday May 5 2007
Ali Al Habsi Joins Brighton On Loan (Friday October 31 2014)
12th Man - Let's Put The Frighteners On Fulham (Friday October 31 2014)
Any Previous? Latics v Fulham (Thursday October 30 2014)
PWU Latics Podcast - A Ghost In My House (Thursday October 30 2014)
James McClean Named In Rep of Ireland Squad (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Fixture Change - Boro Away Day Brought Forward (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Roger Espinoza Vital Man Of The Match v Derby (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Vital Office Party Tickets - Supporting Alder Hey (Tuesday October 28 2014)
Latics To Go All Star Trek With Brighton Beam Back (Tuesday October 28 2014)
Meet The Ref - Latics v Fulham - James Adcock (Tuesday October 28 2014)
|18. Leeds Utd||14||4||4||6||-4||16|
|Junior Cherries Xmas Party - 9th December
» Bournemouth : 31/10/2014 17:49:00
|AFCB host open training session
» Bournemouth : 31/10/2014 17:37:00
|Vital Preview: Cardiff v Leeds
» Cardiff : 31/10/2014 17:27:00
|WSL Team of the Season
» Birmingham : 31/10/2014 17:23:00
|Keogh And Hendrick Called-Up Again
» Derby County : 31/10/2014 17:17:00