Saturday 27 April 2013:
Wigan Athletic started very brightly against a Stoke side who hadn’t won away from home since New Years Day but ran out of steam and ideas as the visitors defended in numbers. Wigan had the ball in the back of the net in the opening couple of minutes, but for a linesman’s flag, and for much of the opening half-hour controlled the midfield, attacking fluidly. Beausejour gave the Latics a deserved half-time lead, reacting quickest to turn in a parry of Koné’s fierce drive. Stoke dug deep and were only causing threats from long balls over the top for either Michael Owen to chase, or looking for the head of Peter Crouch.
The half-time introduction of former Wigan man Wilson Palacios turned the game around for Stoke and he and Dean Whitehead dropped deep and broke up everything Wigan had going forwards. Jamie Mackie eventually nodding home a cross from Whitehead with 20 minutes to go. Latics were out of steam and Stoke happy to be first to every ball, aerial or on the deck. Latics now haven’t won in four and lose ground to Arsenal in the race for fourth.
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Stoke City
Saturday 27th April 2013, DW Stadium
Barclays Premier League (5th v 11th)
Ref: Mike Jones | Weather: Breezy 12°C
Preview: Wigan Athletic host Stoke City tomorrow keen to ensure the visitors keep up their run of six consecutive defeats on the road. Stoke come to the DW Stadium without picking up points away from home since a 5-0 win at Everton on New Years Day. Their home form isn’t much better; the Potters haven’t won in nine matches, only scoring five goals in those outings. Their chances aren’t helped by top goalscorers Charlie Adam and Kenwyne Jones both on long-term injuries, and first-choice ‘keeper Carlo Nash also sidelined.
Wigan will welcome back Alex Serrano, but will probably miss Jordi Gomez who picked up a first-half knock in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham last week. A win will give them a four-point cushion over 6th placed Liverpool who play Everton on Monday night.
The title race between Spurs and Manchester United can’t be decided until next Saturday at the earliest, but Manchester City will confirm a top four finish by avoiding defeat at Norwich City, or if Wigan Athletic fail to win. Third place will be secured if they win and Newcastle win at Arsenal. Sunderland (who host Spurs on Sunday) and West Ham (away, Fulham) can secure survival by winning this weekend.
Odds and Form:
- SkyBet: 4-5F Wigan, 2-1 Draw, 3-1 Stoke
- Wigan: Home DOWLWW | Overall LDDWLO
- Stoke: Away LLLLLL | Overall LDDWLO
- Wigan: Mauro BOSELLI (back, 5 weeks), Jordi GOMEZ (back).
- Stoke: Kenwyne JONES (calf), Mamady SIDIBE (ACL), Carlo NASH (ankle), Danny HIGGINBOTHAM (shin), Charlie ADAM (leg)
- Referee: Mike Jones (22 matches, 108 yellows, 8 reds)
Previous: Stoke 3-1 Wigan (Premier League), 08.12.12
First half livetweets from @realtimeFM:
0′ Referee Mike Jones gets us underway at the DW Stadium. Stoke kick-off shooting right to left.
2′ Guidetti has the ball in the back of the net with a diving header but the flag was up (correctly) for him and Arouna Koné.
3′ Wigan have made it past the 3-minute mark in the half without conceding against Stoke, making it an improvement on the last two attempts.
15′ Steven N’Zonzi sees yellow for clattering through Ramis in the centre circle. Wigan started brightest, but Stoke winning aerial balls.
21′ Reginaldo picks himself up gingerly after a strong challenge from Mackie. Physio has had a look and he’ll continue.
25′ 1-0 WIGAN! Arouna Koné’s fierce shot from 20 yards is parried by Begovic straight into the path of Jean BEAUSEJOUR who drills home.
31′ A ball over the top causes havoc in the high Wigan back line. Crouch has his shot saved well and between them, McArthur and Ramis clear.
35′ Stoke hitting long balls with regularity. Al-Habsi comes to punch away from Crouch. Wigan’s back four might have to drop a bit.
40′ Mackie muscles his way down the left to cross to the far post. Al-Habsi is at full stretch to fingertip Crouch’s header over.
HALFTIME: Wigan 1-0 Stoke (Beausejour 25). Wigan started brightly, but Stoke’s long balls to Owen and Crouch causing problems.
Second half livetweets from @realtimeFM:
HT: Stoke make TWO changes at the break – Wilson Palacios and Jonathan Walters replace Michael Kightly and Michael Owen.
HT SCORES: Ars 0-0 New, Ful 1-0 Wham, Swa 1-0 Sou, WBA 0-2 QPR, Wig 1-0 Sto. RESULT: MU 3-0 Rea.
51′ Beausejour does brilliantly to turn on the byline and get the ball across the six yard box but no one can get a final touch.
54′ Wilson Palacios forces a smart save from former teammate Al-Habsi with a 25-yard freekick.
57′ John Guidetti smashes a free-kick from 25 yards against the Stoke crossbar.
58′ And back at the Wigan end, Stoke have another freekick 25 yards out. Huth drills it inches wide. Ramis booked for the initial foul.
65′ Wigan subs: Ian Evatt and Ben Watson replacing Ivan Ramis and James McArthur.
73′ Stoke controlling the midfield. Palacios and Whitehead breaking down any Wigan move.
73′ GOAL! Stoke equalise through Jamie MACKIE. Whitehead’s cross from the right isn’t dealt with by Boyce and Mackie nods home an equaliser.
76′ Wigan manager GS sends on Alex Serrano to replace James McArthur.
79′ Stoke make their third change, Ness replacing goalscorer Mackie.
85′ Five to go plus stoppage time. Stoke have been first to the ball every time and win a corner.
86′ Crouch hits the post with a header from the corner, Boyce hacks the ball off the line!
88′ Stoke have had eight men behind the ball every time Wigan break. Time running out for Latics to snatch a much-needed three points.
90′ Three minutes to be added on.
90+4′ FULL TIME: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Stoke City (Beausejour 25, Mackie 73). Latics out of ideas against aerial prowess of visitors.
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