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Latics 0-0 Liverpool

Wigan Athletic
0 - 0
Liverpool

DW Stadium

21/12/11 8pm

Attendance: 19,230

Referee:

Latics earned another point with one of the so called Premier League big boys following on from the draw with Chelsea on Saturday, when Liverpool were sent back up the East Lanc`s Road with their metaphoric tail between their metaphoric legs and their bottom lip most definitely trailing on the floor.

The pre-match talk surrounded Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but I`ll leave that to others to discuss, as far as during the game Suarez was quiet though he was involved in winning a penalty for the visitors when his overhead kick struck the outstretched hand of Gary Caldwell.

Martinez stuck with the same starting eleven for the third game in a row, but in the opening stages they looked a little unsure with some nervous passing across the back line and almost let Liverpool in. Ali was excellent between the sticks and made good saves from Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel, Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson. The Latics settled though and started to put some authority down in midfield, a fantastic passing move ended with a great Momo Diame shot that hit the side netting.

Victor Moses went on a great run, tearing through the Liverpool team before unleashing a venomous shot from 25 yards that Reina beat away.

The second half saw Ali expertly tip a Suarez free kick over the bar before the Oman international really earned is corn with a fabulous save from Charlie Adam`s fiercely struck penalty on 50 minutes.

The Latics looked dangerous when going forward, Rodallega went close with a header that was deflected behind by Glenn Johnson and Victor Moses should have scored when instead he prodded wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy right at the death.

Overall a good performance, the unbeaten run stretched to three games and just one defeat in the last six, most importantly the performances of late have been top class.

Star Player

Ali Al-Habsi - Superb performance by Ali and a great penalty save


By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Teams

Latics - Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Jones (Watson 73), Diame, McCarthy, Gomez (Rodallega 73), Moses, Sammon (Di Santo 61)

Subs: Pollitt, Lopez, Crusat, McArthur

Liverpool: - Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Skrtel, Agger, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Maxi (Bellamy 71), Kuyt (Shelvey 71), Suarez (Carroll 87)

Subs: Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Coates




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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday December 22 2011
Time: 3:40PM

Comments

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Momentum is building, we'll soon be out of the bottom three
worbo
22/12/2011 15:52:00
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Great battling display from the boys, put the same performances in week in week out and we will be ok, but we still need a good goalscorer. ps keep the whiskey flowing at half time worbo
madasawasp
23/12/2011 09:58:00
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We'll need some whiskey in the next home game against Sunderland on a cold Tuesday in January to keep us warm!!!
worbo
23/12/2011 16:21:00
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