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Wigan Athletic 1 - Portsmouth 0

JJB Stadium, Wigan

24/05/2009 4pm

Attendance: 17,696

Rodellega strike ends season with a win

Latics completed their second double of the season with what in the end was a comfortable victory, over a Portsmouth team who had secured safety a couple of weeks ago.

A game played in the sunshine in sharp contrast to the game at Fratton Park, was sealed by one of the easiest goals Hugo Rodellega will ever score.

Steve Bruce made several changes to the side that capitualted against Stoke, with Scharner out injured and Cho relegated to the bench to be replaced by De Ridder.

Also on the bench, Bruce placed his faith in youth with Routledge, Kupisz and McManemen making up the numbers along with Watson, Edman and Pollitt.

There was no place for Koumas and Kapo and question marks must be raised as to their future at Wigan.

Wigan started well with Valencia possibly playing his last game for Wigan giving Hriedersson a torrid time. The big Icelander respoded by clogging Valencia, something he spent most of the game doing.

Valencia created the first chance for Rodellega but Hugo couldn't keep his shot down.

At the other end, player of the season Titus Bramble once again led the defensive line giving England striker Peter Crouch no quarter.

De Ridder showed his obvious class with a superbly taken free kick, which stand in Pompey keeper Begovic did well to tip over the bar.

WIgan attacked with purpose but all too often De Ridder and N'Zogbia, either required too long on the ball or their final pass was wayward.

In contrast Valencia showed his colleagues how to play and his link play with Melchiot was a joy to watch.

In centre midfield, Cattermole was once again the stand out player and managed to get through the game without being booked, which is three games on the trot and surely a personal best!

Rodellega almost scored when Begovic took the ball off his head when Hugo seemed certain to score.

Hugo didn't have to wait long for his third goal in four games. A cross from N'Zogbia wasn't cleared by Campbell and the keeper and the ball rolled across the goal for Hugo to have a simple tap in.

De Ridder looked certain to score but he took too long and Hughes nicked the ball off his toe.

The second half was much of the same, with Wigan the dominant side with Melchiot, Valencia and Rodellega all going close.

Pompey offered very little going forward and their Wigan born manager, Paul Hart cannot have been happy with their lack of attacking cohesion.

towards the end Steve Bruce gave a debut to 18 year old Callum Mcmanamne and he looked sharp and linked well with his peers.

Full time came with cheers of relief at the first win in eight games, which was matched a few minutes later when the news that Newcastle had been relegated came through.

Star Player

Hugo Rodellega, if he continues to improve like this, it will be only a matter of time before he is being talked about, as a transfer target for the big European clubs.

Player Ratings

Richard Kingson...6/10

Probably the quietest afternoon he will have between the posts.

Mario Melchiot...8/10

A superb performance both in defence and in attack. Certainly good enough for another year at this level.

Maynor Figueroa...8/10

A revelation this season.

Titus Bramble...8.5/10

Re-enforced his player of the year tag.

Emerson Boyce...8/10

Worked hard all afternoon.

Daniel De Ridder...6/10

Put the effort in but majority of his set pieces were poor and he seems to want that extra touch.

Lee Cattermole...7.5/10

A top performance from the young player of year.

Michael Brown...7/10

An industrious performance from the elder statesman of the team

Antonio Valencia...8.5/10

A mercurial performance, possibly for the last time

Charles N'Zogbia...6/10

Another player who takes too long on the ball and doesn't create enough from his undoubted skill.

Hugo Rodellega...9/10

Looks like becoming the striker we hoped Zaki would be.
Improving week after week

Callum McMenamen..7/10

Enthusiastic, skillful and commited.
One for the future.

Manager Rating

Steve Bruce, Steve can be under no illusions of the taks ahead of him. There are several players out of contract and others who need to be moved on.Seven or eight new faces are therefore needed, espically up front as well as a creative midfielder.

The Journalist

Writer: Baskerville Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 24 2009

Time: 7:17PM

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are you guys happy with 11th?
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24/05/2009 19:28:00

more than 12th but we have let ourselves down this last couple of months. We should have gotten around 14 points out of the last 24, not a mere 4
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24/05/2009 19:39:00

Fair comment, but it was a well managed season, overall. You got your points early, which allowed you to make a tidy little profit on Palacios.
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24/05/2009 19:45:00

By the way, Rodellega's really found his scoring touch the past month. Bodes well for next season for you guys.
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24/05/2009 19:51:00

ANOTHER VIEW: Richard Kingson 6 Mario Melchiot 6.5 Emmerson Boyce 6.5 Titus Bramble 7 Maynor Figueroa 6 Antonio Valencia 8.5 Lee Cattermole 6 Michael Brown 6 Charles N'Zogbia 6 Daniel De Ridder 7.5 Hugo Rodallega 8
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24/05/2009 20:28:00

Totally disagree with N'Zogbia, links up well with Figgy and he created Hugo's goal today, I thought he had a blinder
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25/05/2009 00:43:00

Yeah he made a goal! How did he not create enough when his assist won the game? :-P
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25/05/2009 05:47:00

one assist, 20 failures , set pieces were crap and he over hits his crosses
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25/05/2009 17:48:00


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