UK time is: 14:22:40
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Swansea City 0 - Wigan Athletic 0

Liberty Stadium

20/08/11 3pm

Attendance: 19,028

Latics and Swans Share The Spoils

Latics returned to the North West from South Wales with a share of the spoils, but for a saved penalty and two shots against the woodwork, Roberto Martinez might have been rejoicing in the Valleys with all three points winging their way back from this uninspiring goalless draw.

Wigan lined up for the first ever Premier League game outside of England with a surprise or two in the team selection, one was the return of Antolin Alcaraz to the starting line up and two was the non-return of Hugo Rodallega.

Swansea were first off the mark and could have taken the lead in the second minute of the game when striker Danny Graham was given time in the box to turn and hit his shot, fortunately he hit it straight at Ali Al-Habsi.

The Latics were stuttering to find any rhythm to their game and looked very unbalanced, though Di Santo was putting a shift in support to the Latics striker was limited and just one shot in the whole of the first half tells its own story.

Swansea on the other hand looked dangerous going forward with Nathan Dyer looking particularly threatening, but the home side appeared to be missing a cutting edge and were reduced to half chances and wild efforts with Scott Sinclair seemingly intent on breaking the advertising boards with his wayward shooting.

Antolin Alcaraz left the field injured on 37 minutes, the Paraguay international appeared to strain something as he knocked the ball out for a corner, the normally resolute defender simply walked off the pitch and signalled to the bench, much to the dismay of Boyce, Al-Habsi and Caldwell who all remonstrated with Alcaraz to stay on the field of play, without being too unkind, he looked like he just didn't fancy it.

Ronnie Stam came on the 'injured' Alcaraz with Boyce moving into the centre of defence.

The second half started exactly like the first, Latics looking unbalanced and without energy, an out of sorts James McCarthy was replaced on 64 minutes with McArthur and suddenly a new urgency was injected into the team.

Some probing passing started to open up the Swansea defence and the Latics began to look a lot more menacing, this passage of play saw first Jordi Gomez crash a great 20 yard effort against the post with Vorm well beaten, then Victor Moses out muscle two Swansea defenders to hit a venomous strike from the edge of the area that crashed against the bar, Gomez raced onto the rebound and was upended by Swans defender Ashley Williams, referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot without hesitation.

Up stepped Ben Watson and hit his penalty low to the keepers right, Vorm got down well and parried the ball away for a very good save. From the resultant corner substitute Hugo Rodallega couldn`t get his head on the ball and the chance was gone.

Late in the game Maynor Figueroa flashed a header across the face of the Swansea goal but no Latics attacker was anywhere near getting on the end of it.

On the evidence of the last two games a quality wideman and a goalscoring forward is needed before the transfer window slams shut if the Latics are going to be challenging for mid-table mediocrity this season

Star Player

Victor Moses


By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton (Allen, 75), Graham (Lita, 84), Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge (Dobbie, 75), Rangel, Agustien.

Subs: Moreira, Tate, Moore, Gower

Latics: Al Habsi, Alcaraz (Stam, 37), McCarthy (McArthur, 64), Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo (Rodallega, 70), Moses, Gomez, Boyce, Diame, Figueroa.

Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Jones, Sammon





Bookmark and Share



Join The Vital Debate





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 21 2011

Time: 12:19PM

Your Comments

We are looking a little out of sorts at the moment
worbo
We need 2-3 players to stabilise the team in key positions - without them we will struggle :/
MagicMartinez
When we have so called striker who are not busting a gut to get in the box for crosses I would suggest we are in for another season of struggle. How in this world can Martinez think Di Santo will score goals, the guy is the worst striker we have ever had, even worse than Hugo.
longtom
Worse than Julius Aghahowa?
worbo
Why did the referee point to the post?! :-p And why does the transfer window always "slam shut"? Sky style sensationalism! On to the football... Maybe it's time to drop McCarthy for a couple of games and give McCarthur a run out?...
guitardave
The ref pointed to the post because my fingers are too fast for my brain (not hard) and dont all windows slam shut? They do in our house with my missus temper! I think McCarthy is suffering with his ankle and I agree he needs to be rested before any long lasting damage is done
worbo
Di Santo will come good, have patience people.
bluemillionaire
Will give McArthur a well deserved place in the side against QPR hopefully
MagicMartinez
Victor Moses is one hell of a player and with a little improvement, the top clubs in the country will soon be looking for his signature.
bluemillionaire
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 216
2. Pauvre Jean 121
3. lathamwafc 118
4. bensourhero 109
5. Oscarbon 105
6. loudmouthblue 96
7. Marksparko 92
8. OffHisBarnett 90
9. russialatic 89
10. scotdave 76

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 1 - 0 Wigan
Wigan 1 - 0 Blackpool
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Brentford 4 1 2 1 0 5
16. Birmingham 4 1 2 1 -1 5
17. Ipswich 4 1 1 2 -1 4
18. Wigan 4 1 1 2 -1 4
19. Reading 4 1 1 2 -4 4
20. Huddersfield 4 1 1 2 -5 4
21. Leeds Utd 4 1 0 3 -6 3

Breaking League News

Boro recruit Spurs defender
Middlesbrough : 28/08/2014 13:34:00
Terriers V Forest: Match Report From Kids Corner!!
Forest : 28/08/2014 13:01:00
Fulham Draw Doncaster in 3rd Round
Fulham : 28/08/2014 12:54:00
Forest : 28/08/2014 12:43:00
Latics On The Telly - Fixture Change
Wigan : 28/08/2014 11:43:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Blackpool
Suggested By:  Bob Greaves
Scott Carson 5%
James Perch 1%
Emmerson Boyce 1%
Ivan Ramis 5%
Rob Kiernan 2%
Andrew Taylor 2%
Emyr Huws 4%
Don Cowie 1%
James McArthur 10%
Callum McManaman 37%
Oriol Riera 32%