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Wigan Athletic
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Bolton Wanderers

JJB Stadium WIgan

02/05/2009, 3pm

Attendance: 18,655

Referee:

Another week,another opposing keeper in fine form. Today it was Jussi Jaaskelainen who thwarted Latics time and again in a dominant first half display from Wigan.

Steve Bruce in the week expressed his concerns that his team were complacent and vowed to shake up his team, bringing in the youngsters. In the end he did shake it up, bringing in thirty somethings Melchiot and Brown for Boyce and Watson with Kapo dropping off the bench.

Like last week, Latics should have been ahead within the first five minutes. A neat pass from Mido found Rodellega and the Colombian neat turn and shot beat the keeper but hit the post, bouncing back to hit the keeper and go out for a corner.

For the next forty minutes Latics were the dominant force, with Valencia and Melchiot once again linking well on the right providing quality balls for Mido and Rodellega.

Both strikers had shots well saved by Jaaskelainen, as well as from N'Zogbia who cut in from the left and fired in a fierce shot.

At the other end, chances were sparce with regular pantomine villan Davies and Cahill going close with a header and a deflected header respectively.

In centre midfield, Brown and Cattermole were engaging in a tremendous tussle with Mc Cann and Muamba and up front Mido and Rodellega seemed to be striking up a fine partnership.

As the players trooped off at half time, it was to the amazement of both sets of fans that the game was scorless.

Half time brought a major blow to Wigan, with their inspirational skipper being withdrawn, replaced by Boyce.

Bolton started the second half with more purpose and were given more impetus, when ten minutes into,the second half Scharner limped off.

This prompted a re-shuffle with Figueroa moving into centre half and Edman coming on into the left back position.

These changes certainly affected Latics and allowed Bolton to press forward, with Wigan looking to catch Bolton on the break.N'Zogbia producing some beautiful runs with only his final pass letting him down.

Neither side really domintated in the second half, Latics best chances fell to Michael Brown who has never scored for Latics. The three chances he had all went high and wide and not very handsome. Mido also fluffed a good chance and was replaced by Zaki almost immeadately.

For Bolton the two best chances fell to Davies, one a shot which should have been on target and another a header which bounced off the bar.

Zaki's fifteen minutes on the pitch were largley uneventful and he did nothing to suggest that barring injury he is now the third choice striker at Wigan now.

Full time brought another blank sheet for Wigan. Much is made of the cheap season tickets at the JJB, however 15 home team goals in 17 games, means that it is debatable if the fans are receiving value for money.

Steve Bruces comments,of the need to strengthen the forward line was once again clearly evidenced on today's showing.

A failure to address this in the summer, plus a creative midfielder and back up players in most positions is essential,if we aren't to be in a relegation battle next season.

Star Player

Hugo Rodellega...did everything but score, was a thorn in the side of the Bolton defence all afternoon

Player Ratings


Chris Kirkland...7/10

Some excellent reflex saves but looked shaky from corners

Mario Melchiot...7/10

Defended well and linked supebrly with Valencia going forward. Was sadly missed in the second half

Maynor Figueroa...6.5/10

Played well in the first half, struggled in the unfamiliar centre half position int he second half

Titus Bramble...8/10

A titan in the centre of defence. Player of the season by a mile. Held the line espically in the second half.

Paul Scharner...6/10

Was having a tremendous battle with Davies until his injury

Antonio Valencia...8./10

Sublime skills which deserve to be on a larger stage. Faded in the second half as the supply of balls dried up.

Lee Cattermole...6/10

Worked hard but created little. Got booked again which means he is one yellow off a two match band

Michael Brown...6/10

provided the steel we needed in a physical battle but lacks the quality when going forward as his three bombed chances showed int he second half

Charles N'Zogbia...7/10

A lovely runner with the ball too often spoiled by the final pass

Ahmed Mido...7/10

Played well today and looks to be striking up a good partnership with Rodellega.

Hugo Rodellega...8.5/10

A tremendous display marred only be his bad luck in front of goal.

Emerson Boyce...6/10

Struggled at right back

Erik Edman...6/10

A welcome return for the Swede. Was found put of position a few times abut linked up well with N'Zogbia

Amr Zaki...5/10

Did nothing to suggest a return to form

Manager Rating

Steve Bruce...6/10
Limited in his options with two enforced changes. Team's attitude was better today


Writer:Baskerville
Date:Saturday May 2 2009
Time: 8:34PM

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Comments

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Zaki should leave wigan,he needs to find a team that trust his abilities,this is the worst time Zaki ever had,and I really see no reason for all this criticism,how can you judge him when all he has played is less than 14 minutes!!!,and he hasn't had half the chances mido or rodellega got,so unfair
major11283
02/05/2009 21:03:00
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Zaki should leave wigan,he needs to find a team that trust his abilities,this is the worst time Zaki ever had,and I really see no reason for all this criticism,how can you judge him when all he has played is less than 14 minutes!!!,and he hasn't had half the chances mido or rodellega got,so unfair
major11283
02/05/2009 21:03:00
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every one has their opinion. the reason he hasn't had the chances recently is that when he was on the pitch he didn't perform and when he wasn't on the pitch he kept disappearing. Mido and Rodders have got their places on merit
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:13:00
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every one has their opinion. the reason he hasn't had the chances recently is that when he was on the pitch he didn't perform and when he wasn't on the pitch he kept disappearing. Mido and Rodders have got their places on merit
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:13:00
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every one has their opinion. the reason he hasn't had the chances recently is that when he was on the pitch he didn't perform and when he wasn't on the pitch he kept disappearing. Mido and Rodders have got their places on merit
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:13:00
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every one has their opinion. the reason he hasn't had the chances recently is that when he was on the pitch he didn't perform and when he wasn't on the pitch he kept disappearing. Mido and Rodders have got their places on merit
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:13:00
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frankly and with all my respect Baskerville,I see no reason to start Rodd
major11283
02/05/2009 21:24:00
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frankly and with all my respect Baskerville,I see no reason to start Rodd
major11283
02/05/2009 21:24:00
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Rodd was brilliant today apart from scoring. Shot on target created for Mido and was a constant thorn in Bolton's side. With respect I thing you are a little one eyed when it comes to Zaki
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:31:00
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Rodd was brilliant today apart from scoring. Shot on target created for Mido and was a constant thorn in Bolton's side. With respect I thing you are a little one eyed when it comes to Zaki
baskerville
02/05/2009 21:31:00
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