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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - Wigan Athletic 1


6/11/11 1:30pm

Attendance: 22,353

Flat Up Front, Slack At The Back

Another game another defeat, flat upfront and slack at the back, it's the same old story, enough chances to win a couple of games but failure in front of goal puts pressure on a shaky back line and quicker than an Alcaraz gozz the games lost.

To say that Wolves looked poor would be an understatement, but then again so did Fulham and so did Bolton and they both beat us with a two goal margin, hey oh we are in one hell of a rut.

The Latics started brightly, though Wolves did have the first effort, Edwards shot was saved by Al-Habsi, but a nervous looking home side allowed Martinez's men to get a grip on the game, Rodallega fluffed three good chances, first off was a header that he put well wide, then moments later he hit a shot that was more reminiscent of one of Wigan's ladies on a Saturday night up King Street trying to kick a tin can in a pair of stilettos. The third effort had disastrous consequences for the Latics.

Put clean through by his strike partner Di Santo, Rodallega shot wide from three yards with the goal at his mercy, just 37 seconds later Wolves took the lead. Jamie O'Hara showed if you hit the target you have half a chance when he swept home following a good move and pass from Doyle. 1-0, 32 minutes gone.

With half-time approaching Emmerson Boyce made a run into the Wolves area with the ball, a clumsy challenge from Hunt left Boycey sprawling and Lee Probert pointing to the spot, up stepped Ben Watson, Hennessey saved the penalty but parried it straight back to Watson who made sure on the second time of asking, 1-1.

Wolves went back in the lead on 55 minutes when Edwards fired home from close range following a magnificent double save from Ali, a pity the rest of the team's reactions aren't as quick, 2-1.

It was 3-1 eleven minutes later when Ward pounced from close in, Rodallega was replaced by Sammon on 77 minutes and the Irishman put more effort into the last ten minutes than what his Colombian team-mate had done for the previous 80 minutes. The former Kilmarnock striker going close with a good effort that almost looped over Hennessey, Steve Gohouri was also denied by Hennessey when his header was pushed out at the near post.

It might be only November but the signs aren't looking good, we're a side devoid of confidence and quality, getting turned over by awful teams, Blackburn are up next but I think we are now past the must win games.

Star Player

Ali Al-Habsi, some superb stops today

Ali makes another top class save

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic


Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, Guediora (Jarvis 45), Hunt, O'Hara (Milijas 83), Doyle.

Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher.

Latics: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz (c), Gohouri, Figueroa, Watson (Crusat 65), Diame, Jones (McArthur 78), Moses, Rodallega (Sammon 78), Di Santo.

Subs: Pollitt, Lopez, McCarthy, Gomez.

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 6 2011

Time: 10:46PM

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Sadly I agree worbo - championship beckons sadly. How will the club appease the already peeved off fans now?
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06/11/2011 22:58:00

If it wasnt so serious it'd be funny
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06/11/2011 23:11:00

I'm a Chelsea fan here, I'd like to know what's happened to PvA? Has he had a falling out with Martinez? If I'm not mistaken, he's not even been in the squad for a few games now.
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07/11/2011 08:56:00

I'm a Chelsea fan here, I'd like to know what's happened to PvA? Has he had a falling out with Martinez? If I'm not mistaken, he's not even been in the squad for a few games now.
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07/11/2011 08:57:00

We want to know what's happened to him too - he looked a class apart in the game that he did play for us, and now he can't even make the bench. What a waste of talent. No idea what's gone on.
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07/11/2011 10:03:00

Wolves fan here (NOT TO GLOAT). Confidence can make or break you and I witnessed two teams lacking in it in abundance on Sunday. Had Rod put away that effort then god only knows what would have happened. To get hit 30 seconds later knocks the wind out of you. On the whole I would say we probably shaded it in terms of overall play but it was a close call. Not sure about oue penalty shout (Respect to Hunty for his honesty). He did seem to stand on Al Habsis hand but most Big team players would have won a pen from it after rolling about 30 yards on the floor screaming like a baby. Your Goalie was on amazing form and i felt for him but boy oh boy, I know our defence isn't great but where was yours? To allow Wolves players to line up to have a pop at Habsi was criminal. It was almost like they were too busy ball watching. There are teams in this league that I would prefer get relegated other than Wigan so I can only wish you all the best for the season and hope that you turn it around quickly. Only a few points between bottom and 10th in the league so a little run may help you out. Keep the faith "BELIEVE".
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