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Wigan   0 - 1   Wolverhampton

by Chris Bevan

Stephen Ward celebrates with Andy Keogh
Keogh (right) gave Wolves the lead after six minutes

Wolves produced a battling performance to clinch their first win of the season thanks to Andy Keogh's early header.

Keogh had already curled a shot against the angle of post and bar when he rose to meet Nenad Milijas's free-kick and nod past Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland.

Charles N'Zogbia wasted a great chance to level when he ran clear before shooting straight at Wayne Hennessey.

Wigan dominated after the break but the closest they came to an equaliser was when Scott Sinclair headed wide.

The manner of Wigan's impressive victory over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season had raised expectations at the DW Stadium of life under new boss Roberto Martinez, but there was to be no repeat of that result or performance here.

Martinez is already a hero to the Latics faithful after his successful six-year stint with the club as a player but his first home match as manager after eight years away ended in frustrating fashion.

Wolves' fans had endured a much less enjoyable first weekend of the season, losing at home to West Ham and seeing last season's top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake limp off injured, but Keogh's early strike soon gave them something to celebrate.

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Keogh has his critics on the terraces for failing to match his work ethic and creative instincts with goals but on this occasion he quickly showed he knows where the net is.

The Republic of Ireland international had been unlucky to see his shot hit the woodwork in Wolves' first attack but, just two minutes later, he put them in front.

Milijas hoisted a long free-kick into the Wigan area and Keogh rose above Paul Scharner to nod downwards past Kirkland and into the bottom corner, via the same post that had previously denied him.

Wolves' set-pieces were causing their hosts all sorts of problems and could have had led to a second goal when a Milijas corner was flicked on by Keogh only for Greg Halford to volley wildly over.

At the other end Wigan were struggling to create a meaningful chance and it was only towards half-time that they threatened an equaliser.

First N'Zogbia broke clear before shooting tamely at Hennessey then, when the ball was quickly turned back into the box, it took a last-ditch tackle from Stephen Ward to deny the French winger at the far post.

Wigan continued their improvement at the start of the second half, with Hugo Rodallega curling a free-kick straight at Hennessey after Richard Stearman fouled Jason Koumas.

But Wolves were still looking dangerous and felt they should have had a penalty when Keogh fell after turning Titus Bramble in the area - manager Mick McCarthy was less than happy at Mick Jones's decision to book his player for diving rather than award a spot-kick.

As the game wore on, Wigan sacrificed some of their slick passing for brute force - and Jason Scotland's introduction from the bench signalled a more direct approach for the Latics.

It almost worked, with only a well-timed Karl Henry tackle stopping Scotland from firing home an equaliser and Hennessey recovering just in time to deny the Trinidad and Tobago international after spilling Scharner's long-range shot.

By now, the visitors were hanging on but, when Sinclair nodded wide from a Jordi Gomez cross, Wigan's last chance was gone.

Wolves did not manage a single away win in their last campaign in the top-flight, 2003/04, which ended in relegation. The industry and endeavour they showed here will give them hope of avoiding the same fate this season.


Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:
In the first 25 minutes we paid the price for what has been a very demanding week for us

"We had nine players on international duty and it was a very disruptive week and after putting in a great effort against Villa but today we paid the price.

"We were sloppy, we didn't have energy and we couldn't get hold of the game and Wolves took advantage."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:
"It was a mature performance and having got the lead I would hardly say we were hanging on.

"We have had to defend the lead for a long time but we still have managed to create chances.

"We had disappointment on Saturday despite playing well so it feels pretty good at the minute to get an away win."

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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 0-1 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Keogh 6

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 16,661
    WIGAN
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Wigan 57%
    • Wolves 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 5
    • Wolves 3

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 13
    • Wolves 6

    Corners

    • Wigan 4
    • Wolves 4

    Fouls

    • Wigan 8
    • Wolves 21
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:30 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Matthew Jarvis. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:19 Effort on goal by Paul Scharner from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 90:00+1:46 Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:46 Booking David Edwards is cautioned.
    • 90:00+1:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Edwards on Maynor Figueroa.
    • 88:37 The ball is swung over by Jordi Gomez, Headed effort on goal by Scott Sinclair from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 86:27 Foul by Titus Bramble on Sam Vokes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ward.
    • 85:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Vokes on Paul Scharner. Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:00 Mario Melchiot sends in a cross, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
    • 82:27 Jason Scotland produces a cross.
    • 80:33 Substitution Sam Vokes on for Andrew Keogh.
    • 79:54 Corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line, Titus Bramble produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 79:37 Shot from 12 yards by Hugo Rodallega. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
    • 76:22 Andrew Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 73:00 The offside flag is raised against Matthew Jarvis. Paul Scharner takes the free kick.
    • 72:26 Andrew Surman delivers a pass corner to short.
    • 71:47 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 71:10 Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:10 Booking Richard Stearman shown a yellow card.
    • 70:55 Unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Richard Stearman results in a free kick.
    • 70:07 David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 69:04 Jason Scotland produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 68:10 David Jones produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 68:03 The ball is sent over by Andrew Surman, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:10 Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
    • 64:10 Substitution Greg Halford leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Surman.
    • 64:10 Andrew Keogh is caught offside.
    • Correction - 63:08 Scott Sinclair produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 63:04 The ball is crossed by Scott Sinclair.
    • 62:41 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Titus Bramble takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:09 Substitution Michael Brown goes off and Jason Scotland comes on.
    • 61:09 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Scott Sinclair coming on for Jason Koumas.
    • 60:06 Andrew Keogh handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
    • 58:17 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. The ball is crossed by Jason Koumas, Close range effort by Jordi Gomez clears the crossbar.
    • 57:15 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jordi Gomez. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:08 Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:16 Booking Andrew Keogh is cautioned.
    • 55:07 Substitution David Jones on for Nenad Milijas.
    • 54:42 The ball is swung over by Mario Melchiot.
    • 53:23 Foul by Michael Brown on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 51:28 Handball decision goes against Andrew Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
    • 50:40 Hendry Thomas produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 48:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Stearman on Jason Koumas. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Hugo Rodallega, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 47:39 The ball is swung over by Jason Koumas.
    • 46:06 The ball is sent over by Mario Melchiot, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:39 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:06 Shot from outside the box by Karl Henry misses to the left of the goal.
    • 45:00+0:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Karl Henry. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:47 Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Stephen Ward results in a free kick. Mario Melchiot takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:44 David Edwards produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 42:00 The ball is sent over by Hendry Thomas, clearance by Michael Mancienne.
    • 39:33 Greg Halford takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 38:54 Karl Henry fouled by Jordi Gomez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
    • 38:15 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordi Gomez, clearance made by Andrew Keogh.
    • 38:01 The ball is delivered by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 37:37 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 37:06 Corner taken right-footed by Jason Koumas from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Paul Scharner misses to the right of the target.
    • 36:24 Jason Koumas takes the inswinging corner, Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
    • 36:08 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ward.
    • 35:35 Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 32:42 Greg Halford produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 30:58 Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.
    • 29:51 Jordi Gomez fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Hendry Thomas produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 28:45 David Edwards crosses the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 25:58 Andrew Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scharner. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Hugo Rodallega. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
    • 22:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Keogh. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 20:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford by Maynor Figueroa. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.
    • 18:06 Foul by Richard Stearman on Jason Koumas, free kick awarded. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:34 Charles N'Zogbia is ruled offside. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:51 Outswinging corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the left by-line, Jody Craddock takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 16:24 The official flags Jordi Gomez offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 15:44 Nenad Milijas concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Melchiot. Direct free kick taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 15:22 Jordi Gomez crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen Ward.
    • 13:58 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas from the left by-line, Shot from deep inside the area by Greg Halford clears the bar.
    • 12:07 Nenad Milijas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
    • 11:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Karl Henry. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 10:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Koumas. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 10:14 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 9:38 Effort from inside the area by Jason Koumas misses to the right of the target.
    • 9:16 David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
    • 8:26 Hugo Rodallega fouled by Michael Mancienne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 8:07 Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Brown.
    • 7:10 The official flags Jason Koumas offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 5:25 Assist by Nenad Milijas.
    • 5:25 GOAL - Andrew KeoghWigan 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Andrew Keogh scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Wigan 0-1 Wolverhampton.
    • 4:59 Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis. The ball is swung over by Nenad Milijas,
    • 3:51 Shot by Andrew Keogh from inside the area hits the post.
    • 2:51 Karl Henry fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:56 Effort on goal by Jordi Gomez from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 1:18 Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Koumas. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jason Koumas from left wing, Wayne Hennessey makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    1 Chelsea 2 3 6
    2 Arsenal 1 5 3
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    5 West Ham 1 2 3
    6 Tottenham 1 1 3
    7 Wigan 2 1 3
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    10 Sunderland 2 -1 3
    11 Wolverhampton 2 -1 3
    12 Hull 1 -1 0
    13 Liverpool 1 -1 0
    14 Birmingham 1 -1 0
    15 Bolton 1 -1 0
    16 Portsmouth 1 -1 0
    17 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    18 Blackburn 1 -2 0
    19 Burnley 1 -2 0
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