Wigan mission impossible
Baskerville reports from the Reebok:
Wigan fans travelled to Horwich today with renewed optimism following last week`s battling draw against City although concern was expressed in the bars whether we would concede another first minute goal.
Well we didn`t, but we didn`t hang on much longer
A cross from Diouf on the left which was going nowhere except into the hands of an unchallenged Kirkland was powerfully headed into his own net by the most controversial player in the club Paul Scharner.
This was Scharener`s (who was barracked by a section of the Wigan fans throughout) only contribution to the game.
Wigan then clicked into gear against what was in all honesty a poor Bolton side and when a ball came lose to Landzaat in the 13th minute he slotted the shot into the net past a stranded Jaaskalainen
After that the game ebbed and flowed both teams looking ok going forward and awful defending however in the 30th minute Granqvist handled the ball in the penalty area.
True to the ineptness of both teams however Anelka blazed the ball over the bar.
Latics let off didn`t last long and in the 38th minute when Koumas broke from his own defence but let the ball run away from him. Bolton quickly got the ball into the penalty area and Nolan beat Kirkland to restore the advantage.
In reality this was unjust at the time as both teams were as bad as each other.
Latics back four with the exception of the ever dependable Boyce were poor, Valencia was reluctant to take players on passing back to the hard working Landzaat and Scharner was nowhere near the ball .
Up front Bent was working hard but receiving little support form a strangely subdued (or unfit) Heskey.
The second half started very brightly for Latics with seven consecutive corners with Jaaskelainen having to make two good saves and then Heskey headed over the bar.
As Heskey moved away he indicated to the bench that he had a problem with his groin.
Inexplicably they decided to see if he could run it off when it was obvious to everyone that he couldn`t thereby leaving us with ten men.
Before Brown could be brought on (a full ten minutes after Emile started limping) Bolton scored again.
Wigan`s defence which was so poor at times it was embarrassing allowed Diouf to stroll through feeding Davies who slotted past Kirkland.
Heskey then limped off and the arrival of Brown sparked a reshuffle with Scharner going up front with Bent although he was no more effective there.
Bolton totally dominated the last half hour and could have scored more but for some goal line heroics from Emerson Boyce
At times the most forward player was Killer from left back.
Wigan had a good shout for a penalty when Scharner was clearly pushed in the area by Campo but Atkinson and the assistant waved away the appeals.
Latics didn`t look like scoring but did look like conceding and in the last minute Anelka beat some even more woeful defending to score the fourth.
The final whistle was a welcome relief for the 500 or so Wigan fans who had stayed to the end which will surely send a clear message to the players what their fans thought of the display
Its hard to see where we are going to get a win from. The defence isn`t good enough Landzaat is carrying midfield with flashes form Koumas and we only have one fit forward in the squad in Bent.
If Bruce keeps us up he will have earned every penny of his millions.
My opinion is we will be adrift by January which will make it more difficult to attract players. This squad isn`t big enough or good enough to stay up
Tried throughout but was let down by those in front of him and alongside him.