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Wigan Athletic 0 - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

DW Stadium , Wigan


Attendance: 16,661

Mc Carthy's Wolves maul Wigan

A standing ovation greeted Roberto Martinez, as he was announced prior to the game. However his honeymoon period as Latic's boss was ended after seven minutes of his second game in charge and tonight's defeat will have left him under no illusion of the task ahead of him.

Wigan fielded the same side which performed so brilliantly agaisnt the Villa on Saturday and the opening five minutes played like a team who beleived in their hype.

Wolves, under the canny Mick Mc Carthy played to their strengths which was to tackle hard and close the Latics creative midfield down, espicially Gomez and it worked a treat.

Latics had the first chance when in the fifth minute ,Gomez blasting over from the edge of the area.

Wolves were bright going forward and almost scored immeadately afterwards, when a shot left Kirkland stranded only to hit the post.

This should have served as a wake up call for Wigan's static central defence but a minute later a neat header from Andy Keogh a winger playing as a lone forward beat Kirkland as it drifted in at the far post.

This gave Latics eighty three minutes plus injury time to try and pull the goal back but they created very few chances on goal.

The best two in the first half fell to N'Zogbia who shot tamely at Hennesey when through one on one with the keeper and Bramble when he headed wide from a corner from about a yard out.

In the first half Wolves created very few chances other than the goal but dominated the possession, against a Wigan team seemingly obsessed with playing the ball out of defence via the two centre halves, unfortuantely, time and again the ball came back to Bramble and Scharner as midfield struggled to pass the ball forward to an ever increasingly isolated Rodellaga.

Latics started the second half with more purpose, with Koumas on the left continuing his good form from Saturday but time after time crosess were sent into the penalty area with five defenders and Rodellaga on his own.

Kouams and Brown were withdrawn to be replaced by the battering ram that is Jason Scotland and Scott Sinclair.

Scotland looked strong, powerful and directed if limited in skill although this nearly bore fruit when he was upended in the area but Mr Jones waved play on. At the other end Wolves appeared to have a cast iron penalty when Bramble upended Keogh with the Irishman unlucky to receive a yellow card for diving.

Latics pressed forward looking for the equiliser and Sinclair had Hennesey scrambling across his goal line, only for the ball to go narrowly wide of the far post.

The final whistle brought with it a chorus of boos thankfully from a small minority of the paltry 16,000 crowd but this should serve as a wake up call and add impetus to Martinez's quest to strengthen the side.

Star Player

Mario Melchiot...along with Figueroa had to cver for Bramble and Scharner's indiscretions as well as playing as a pseudo right wing.

Player Ratings

Chris Kirkland...6/10

Not his best game, looked unsure of himself on a couple of occasions.

Mario Melchiot...7.5 /10

The best player on the Wigan side but there wasn't much competition.

Maynor Figueroa...7/10

Worked hard and linked up well with Koumas.

Titus Bramble...4/10

Spent most of the game passing the ball into touch.

Paul Scharner...3/10

A nightmare game.

Michael Brown...5/10

Failed to assert his authority on central midfield.

Hendry Thomas..5.5/10

A quiet home debut.

Jordi Gomez...5/10

Was found too often facing his goal in his own half, was muscled off the ball too easily and created very little for Rodellaga.

Jason Kouams...6/10

Played well in the first half and created two of our best chances, unlucky to be substituted.

Charles N'Zogbia...6/10

Our best attacking outlet but wasted a good chance in the first half.

Hugo Rodellaga...6/10

Starved of any quality ball and out muscled by the Wolves defence, looked isolated up front on his own.

Jason Scotland...5/10

puts his head down and runs which is ok except when he ran into his own player.

Scott Sinclair...5/10

Was anonymous until his chance at the end.

Manager Rating

Roberto Martinez...5/10 After Saturday he must have thought that this Premier League lark was a doddle. Was given a rude awakening which I believe exposed his tactical naivity against a muscular but less talented team

Opponent Rating

Mick Mc Carthy...8/10. Had his team playing to their strengths and for each other....very reminsecent of a Paul Jewell team for a few years ago!!!!

The Journalist

Writer: Baskerville Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 18 2009

Time: 11:14PM

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I felt we were slightly unlucky...one goal chalked off for offside, Zogs miss when one on one, Bramble's header, the penalty that wasnt given, Sinclair missing twice, Scharner at the end falling over when through...early days yet, I like the keep ball footie, that will improve as the players get used to it....promising signs for me, obvious things to sort out bit we will be ok and there is much encouragement from what I have seen
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18/08/2009 23:37:00

Wigan did well for long periods, but i thought were without a direct threat. Along with wolves riding their luck, clearly a game that could of gone either way
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18/08/2009 23:42:00

I want to know what the hell Paul BeckenScharner thought he was doing. If this was a performance to make a point for Martinez that he doesn't want to play centre back then it worked perfectly - every time he left his man, got the wrong side or dived in to a challenge. Get rid of him if he doesn't want to work for the manager, Boyce and Amaya are capable replacements.
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19/08/2009 00:40:00

That football we were playing will not keep us in the Prem., we do not have the quality of player at that level to play it. It might pay dividends in a lower leauge. Even Rafa finds that style of play 4-4-1-1 cant brake down the lesser teams. Cut out the play maker in our case Gomez and the system breaks down. I expect us to play better against Man U they allow a little more room, but we will still lose.
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