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Wigan Athletic 1 - Sunderland 1

DW Stadium

11/09/10 3pm

Attendance: 15,844

Latics 1-1 Sunderland

A late goal by captain Antolin Alcaraz rescued a point for the Latics in a game that we really should have won after creating a host of chances and Sunderland being reduced to ten men mid-way through the first half.

The return of Titus Bramble to the DW Stadium in the red of Sunderland was a talking point before the game, also former player Lee Cattermole`s disciplinary misdemeanours had the home fans wondering if the 22 year old would last the game out, he didn`t.

Latics started the game brightly, carrying on from the good performance against Spurs last time out and Diame had a chance with a shot across the face of the goal from an acute angle, unfortunately the ball fizzed past the far post.

Without the game being over physical referee Andre Mariner appeared intent on stamping his authority on the game early on and bookings of Hendry Thomas and Lee Cattermole for innocuous challenges set the tone for what was about to happen.

Latics keeper Al-Habsi gathered the ball from a Sunderland free kick that was knocked into the area, the Oman international quickly released Latics striker Hugo Rodallega deep in his own half, Rodallega sprinted clear down Latics left with Cattermole in hot pursuit but flagging behind, Rodders reached the edge of the Sunderland box, Cattermole dove in, missed the ball, took the man and this time Mariner had no choice but to reach for his cards.

Cattermole received his second yellow of the game on 27 minutes and off he went. From the resultant free kick Rodallega skimmed the ball inches above the bar, the rest of the half saw the Latics dominate the game without creating too many clear cut chances.

Sunderland brought on their new £13 million signing Asamoah Gyan for the second half whilst on 54 minutes Martinez sent on N`Zogbia and new boy Franco Di Santo as he tried to give the Latics a more attacking threat.

Rodallega had a couple of efforts for the home side, first he tested Sunderland keeper Mignolet with a rasping shot from 25 yards which produced a good save, then Rodallega ran clear but managed to toe poke the ball the wrong side of the post, a chance gone begging.

Then Sunderland against the run of play took the lead.

A great cross from Henderson on the right was superbly volleyed home by Gyan for a debut goal that gave Al-Habsi no chance.

Latics desperately searched for an equaliser, Di Santo, who was having a good game, crossed the ball in from the left and with the goal at his mercy Boselli headed wide from a yard out. It looked like it wasn`t going to be the Latics day.

With time running out McCarthy won a free kick 30 yards out from the Sunderland goal, the ball was pumped into the box, Mignolet punched clear but only as far as Cleverley who hit a shot that was going wide, Alcaraz stooped low and got his head to the ball and directed it into the net for a dramatic equaliser.

1-1 final score, Latics have now gone three games without defeat and look like a team rather than a collection of individuals as they did back on the opening day.

Star Player

Antolin Alcaraz...great performance from the Paraguay international, capped off with a goal

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 12 2010

Time: 12:51PM

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Still cant score though :/
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12/09/2010 13:25:00

If we could we'd finish the season well above mid-table
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12/09/2010 13:29:00

Roberto seems to have recognised the fact that Kirkland is past his sell by date. Now he has to see that Rodallega and Boselli will never get the goals required to stay up. Figs and Thomas are having a nightmare start to the season and if Cleverley and Di Santo dont make it we are in big trouble. Boselli seems to be another Scotland, the chance he missed is going to haunt him.
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12/09/2010 17:00:00

Walking out of the ground yesterday all I could overhear was moans about Boselli...sure he missed a golden chance, but he needs time to adapt to the way Wigan play and to a 'tough' league. We don't need the fans getting at him, surely that will destroy any confidence he has? Thought Di Santo looked up for it, with a touch of skill and good pace for a big lad.
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12/09/2010 19:54:00

I'm a bit concerned about Boselli. It looks to me his confidence is already lacking, and it's hard to understand why. Maybe it's the expectation, but he was good in pre-season and good before he came to Wigan. It's normal for fans to moan anyway, when sitters are being missed, so I wouldn't read too much into that, but he's getting into goal scoring positions and just needs to hit the target and the goals I think will come.
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13/09/2010 10:02:00

you are correct aidymac boselli doesnt need the fans getting on his back.the lad needs time to adjust.he is not getting a lot of service because the team tends to use hugo a lot.i think he will be fine when he gets time.i cant believe some are comparing him to scotland.i thought di santo was a breath of fresh air for the team,he is going to work his way into the team.the appearance of kirkland on the bench makes me think roberto is trying to get him back in.i hope im wrong as al habsi is far better.
johnney handsome
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