Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan grind out no score draw

Middlesbrough
0 - 0
Wigan Athletic

The Riverside Stadium

21/02/2009 3pm

Attendance: 24,020

Referee:

Wigan played out a third consecutive no score draw at the Riverside stadium today, against a Boro side, who looked good when passing the ball around in midfield but which created very little against a taciturn Wigan defence.

Steve Bruce made four changes from the starting line up agaisnt Fulham, Boyce replacing the injured Scharner and Watson Kapo and Zaki in for Valencia,Mido and Rodellaga.

Bruce had given a big vote of confidence in Kapo during the week and it was hoped that this would have a positive effect on the enigmatic Frenchman, who was partnered up front with Zaki who was looking for his first goal from open play since early October.

The game started in much the same vein as the Fulham game, with Wigan trying to put high balls through for Zaki and Kapo to chase but these were easily dealt with by Wheater and Huth.

For Boro, Arca and Downing were constant threats for a Boro side, who played a lovely passing game but produced very few clear cut chances.

Once again Bramble, Figueroa and the returning Boyce were magnificent in defence.

Lee Cattermole on his return to the Riverside, earned the ire of the Boro team and fans, when his fair but hard tackle on Digard resulted in the Frenchman being stretchered off.
What was disappointing was in the latter stages of the first half the Boro players resorted to diving in an apparent attempt to get Lee sent off.

Football wise there were only two chances of note in the first half to go with six bookings.
For Wigan, a well placed free kick from Wigan's best attacking foil N'Zogbia, was pushed away for a corner by Jones, whereas at the other end Kirkland saved well from Downing.

Wigan had a shout for a penalty when Bramble appeared to be tripped in the penalty area ,when going for a header from a throw in from Figueroa but Mr Dean was well placed and waved play on.

The second half was an improvement, both in terms of football quality and discipline. Latics started to try and utilise the pace of N'Zogbia more and the little Frenchman responded with some tantilising runs which troubled the big Boro defenders.

Up front, Zaki and Kapo failed to gel and it was no surprise that Kapo was replaced by the effervescent Rodallega, whose presence immeadiately made an impact stretching the Boro defence and providing quality balls for the other Wigan players.

Zaki who had toiled manfully upfront, largley unsupported was replaced by the surprise returnee Antoine Sibierski, who hadn't kicked a ball in anger for 6 weeks. Whilst Sibs obviously lacked match fitness, he showed what a clever player he is, laying off some defence splitting passes which N'Zogbia and Rodallega couldn't convert.

The best chance of the second half fell to the Columbian, who lobbed both Jones and unfortunately,the bar.
,
The best chances for Boro in the second half, fell to Alves and Alliediare but just as it seemed a goal was potentially imminent, a last minute tackle and header from Bramble and Boyce respectively saved the day.

The final whistle brought a chorus of boos from the home fans and it must be a cause for concern to Steve Bruce, that we are creating so little going forward and the fact that we have only taken 4 points out of the last 18 and have not scored in open play for some 540 minutes.

Once again Bruce was indebted to a tremendous defensive display , which will need to be in evidence next week at Chelsea.

Star Player

Titus Bramble...once again a tower of strength in the WIgan defence.

Player Ratings


Chirs Kirkland...6.5/10

Didn't have much to do but what he did have to do he did well.

Mario Melchiot...6/10

Mario was given a torrid time by Downing in the first half, rercovered well after half time.

Maynor Figueroa..7.5/10

Another tremendous performance from the Honduran

Emerson Boyce...8/10

A tremendous performance from the returning Bermudan

Titus Bramble...8.5/10

He's here, he's there , he's every flipping where.

Charles N'Zogbia...6.5/10

Looked sharp on the ball but saw too little of it. Wigan's only creative outlet

Lee Cattermole...6.5/10

A fine defensive performance but created very little going forward.

Michael Brown...6.5/10

As per Lee Cattermole

Amr Zaki...6/10

Rana nd ran and ran but was giving hardly any quality ball to work with. Largely unsupported up front.

Olivier Kapo...5/10

Still hasn't shown anything of the player Steve Bruce talks about

Ben Watson...6/10

Played out of position on the right wing

Hugo Rodallega...7/10

Made a difference as soon as he came on. Should be starting every week IMO

Antoine Sibierski...6/10

Showed his class with some neat lay offs but woefully short on match fitness and appeared shattered after ten minutes

Manager Rating

Steve Bruce...5/10

Gambled on the inclusion of Kapo up front instead of Rodalleg and the defensive Watson on the wing instead of the mercurial Koumas.

Neither decision came off.

We need to start scoring again soon


Writer:Baskerville
Date:Saturday February 21 2009
Time: 9:50PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Staged or Real?

Comments

0
another boring chanceless goaless draw but a points a point
baskerville
21/02/2009 21:51:00
0
I honestly believe Latics should bring Hossam Ghaly on board ..Ghaly is a hugely talented player who can make a huge differernce to the latics midfield behind the strikers role with his imagintive and stylish passing can provide alot of support to the lone upfront men ..
mmjnr
21/02/2009 21:57:00
0
trouble is he has a reputation for being difficult and SB has had dealings with him in the past
baskerville
21/02/2009 21:59:00
0
I tought Boro were quick on th ebreak but sreated very little, though like you say baskers Titus was evertwhere, he was superb tbh
worbo
21/02/2009 22:07:00
0
Hard fought result guys - a point away is never too bad. Hope we can get the same result against Liverpool today. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Thaibluefan
22/02/2009 08:32:00
0
A good point but I agree we need to start Hugo regularly but I'm sure that when Mido and Valencia return, it'll make a difference and I know people take a dim view of JK but he's a good player and he won us the pen against Liverpool and almost set up Hugo to score a second. JK for me every time.
robin
22/02/2009 08:33:00
0
one thing you failed to metion though lads was your super signing of mike dean, steve bruce's best signing by a mile.
boros_finest
22/02/2009 09:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Derby
Suggested By: Craig Davies
Jussi Jaaskelainen7%
Luke Garbutt2%
Jake Buxton21%
Craig Morgan3%
Stephen Warnock1%
Shaun MacDonald2%
David Perkins44%
Max Power14%
Jordi Gomez1%
Michael Jacobs4%
Yanic Wildschut1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Get a Grip!87
2.Thorpyness57
3.Whittleblue53
4.BrickLatic50
5.Ihaventaclue43
6.Moonay40
7.scotdave33
8.hindleymonwafc28
9.nottinghamlatic27
10.Barry W27
Write for Vital Football