Wigan Athletic extended their run of consecutive victories to six with a 3-1 win over Swansea City this evening. The hosts went into the match in sixth place and through to the last sixteen of the FA Cup, with wins over sides expected to challenge them at the bottom end of the table come May. Swansea have been enjoying their own run of form lately, though. Six unbeaten since Christmas and staying in touch with the European places, sitting 8th on 36 points from 24 games.
Wigan made three changes to their starting line-up from the FA Cup win over Arsenal: Ali Al-Habsi back in goal; Emerson Boyce rested and replaced by ROnnie Stan, on Wigan’s right side of defence; and Reginaldo making his first start after two early substitute appearance in two games created two goals, he replaced Florian Klein. Arouna Kone was welcomed back after six weeks out, the injury coming in his first match back from a four-game ban, he replaced Boselli on the bench. The Latics have only kept two clean sheet in their last eleven matches.
JOHN GUIDETTI nods home SHAUN MALONEY’s free-kick for Wigan’s opening goal.
Live tweets by @realtimeFM:
Mirror: “Swansea find it difficult on the road lately. Britten, de Guzman, Hermandez all out, so I’m going for a home win.” 6th host 8th.
0′ Swansea City get us underway at the DW. Wigan five straight victories, Swansea undefeated in six. 4 points between them in the league.
7′ Ball is in the back of the Wigan net but disallowed. Dyer’s cross turned goal wards by Graham who’d fouled Al-Habsi. Foul other end now.
7′ Shaun Maloney’s free kick from 20 yards drifts harmlessly wide of the near post, from a tight angle.
14′ Andre Santos dispossesses Reginaldo deep inside own half, goes on a many run beating six men, but lashes his shot over when one-on-one.
19′ Guidetti draws defenders away for McCarthy to drive at goal, but he only succeeds at hitting Maloney. Nem fouls Di Santo 25 yards out.
20′ Shaun Maloney curls the free-kick round the wall but strikes the crossbar and Swansea hack it clear.
23′ John Guidetti clatters his man in the centre circle and draws the first yellow of the game from Martin Atkinson.
32′ Half-hour gone and it’s 0-0. Swansea ahead on possession but it’s Wigan who’ve had the chances. Swansea first to balls in the air.
41′ John Guidetti loses Ashley Wlliams for the first time all evening and hits a thunderous drive from 29 yards but it curves just wide.
42′ 1-0 WIGAN and of course it’s from a set-piece. Maloney takes a free-kick from left of the box and GUIDETTI glances a header at near post.
45′ Maloney cautioned for a trip on Tate in the middle of nowhere. 20 fouls between the sides in this first half (Wigan 8, Swansea 12).
HALF-TIME: Wigan Athletic 1-0 Swansea. OTHERS: Arse 0-1 Sun, ManC 1-0 Saints (Kompany sent-off), Nor 0-2 ManU, Stoke 1-0 Fulham. Back in 15!
46′ Michu has come on at the break for Swansea, replacing Taylor. We’re back underway, Wigan lead 1-0 through John Guidetti.
50′ Reginaldo looks to have won a corner after a darting run down the right. Ref Atkinson says yellow card and freekick for diving.
52′ 2-0 WIGAN! Maloney and Guidetti exchange first-touch passes, ball squared to Di Santo who tees up James McCARTHY to drill home from 15.
56′ James McArthur replaces Ben Watson who’s injured after a challenge from Dyer.
57′ 2-1. Danny Graham feeds in Nathan DYER whose initial shot is only parried by Al-Habsi (a theme, we spy) and he cracks home the rebound.
64′ Real end-to-end stuff he since the Swansea goal. Michu has just cleared one off the line from a counter after Dyer fluffs from 6 yards.
70′ One change apiece as we enter the last quarter of the match. Arouna Koné makes his first appearance since Boxing Day.
73′ Garcia is Wigan’s fourth player in the book after looking menacingly at Andre Santos. Swansea lead the fouls committed count 14-12.
76′ Evatt replaces Guidetti as Wigan switch to 4-5-1 to preserve this one-goal lead.
79′ Ashley Williams somehow fails to score from three yards out. Ball lands at his feet from a free-kick, but Garcia lunges and deflects.
86′ McArthur breaks the offside trap as Wigan pour forward on the counter, but strikes it straight at Varm. Inside the final five.
87′ 3-1 WIGAN and KONÉ seals it lashing into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Reginaldo works the ball to him, takes one touch and lets fly.
90′ Three minutes for Swansea to continue their six match unbeaten run. Still end-to-end stuff here at the DW but Wigan look comfortable.
Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Swansea City20 SHOTS 17
8 ON TARGET 5
13 FOULS 14
4 YELLOWS 0
50% POSSESSION 50%
- Albert Crusat, who returned after a loan spell at Sheffield United, has asked to be removed from the transfer list. Request accepted.
- Fraser Fyvie looks set to go on loan to Preston North End.
- Ryo Miyaichi has had his loan spell at Wigan terminated by the Latics managerial team, and returns to Arsenal.
- Transfer window closes TOMORROW.