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Wigan   1 - 1   Bolton

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega's goal gave Wigan a lead which lasted all of seven minutes

By Les Roopanarine

Johan Elmander stabbed home a close-range second-half equaliser to earn Bolton a point from a committed and entertaining contest against Wigan.

The Sweden international converted a knock-down from Matthew Taylor after a cross into the six-yard box caused mayhem in the Latics defence.

Hugo Rodallega had given Wigan the lead minutes earlier with an angled effort after a touch from Franco Di Santo.

Rodallega later headed wide, wasting a fine chance to give Wigan victory.

Despite squandering several opportunities, the Colombian - who was restored to the starting line-up after starting on the bench at Newcastle last weekend - was comfortably the home side's best player.

Yet Rodallega often flatters to deceive and, for all the vibrancy of his attacking contribution, Wigan will ultimately remember the match more for a nasty-looking injury to midfielder James McCarthy, who hurt an ankle in a clash with Fabrice Muamba.

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Elmander's fifth Premier League goal of the season aside, Bolton will make the short journey home pondering their inability to capitalise on a confident start, and harbouring a justified sense of grievance about an offside touch from Di Santo in the build-up to Wigan's opener.

Both teams had an early sight of goal, and on each occasion the manner of the attack spoke volumes about their respective qualities.

In Bolton's case, the move was typically direct, Martin Petrov delivering a ball into the danger zone which Kevin Davies, muscling aside assorted Wigan defenders, headed wide.

It left the visitors' back four in little doubt that, despite Owen Coyle's addition of guile to the Trotters' trademark graft since his January arrival at the Reebok Stadium, Davies' physical presence remains integral to Bolton's approach.

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The newly-minted England international underlined his importance soon afterwards, volleying a Gretar Steinsson cross just over the bar with his back to goal.

Minutes earlier, Rodallega had tried something similarly flamboyant at the other end, sending a volleyed bicycle kick over from Charles N'Zogbia's corner.

Like Davies' effort, Rodallega's contribution typified the nature of his team's approach, wily and wild in equal parts, inventive yet unpredictable.

Further evidence of those characteristics was soon forthcoming.

N'Zogbia, who had been having a quiet afternoon, suddenly popped up on the right, from where he flashed a dangerous effort just wide. Rodallega, as is his wont, drifted in and out of the game.

For half an hour, it amounted to a fairly entertaining spectacle, at least by the standards of a Lancashire derby traditionally short on goals.

But then Muamba clattered McCarthy, who had been sold short by an Antolin Alcaraz free-kick, causing a lengthy injury delay which interrupted the game's flow.

McCarthy, who was replaced by Mohamed Diame after being carried off on a stretcher, was subsequently sent to hospital for a precautionary X-ray on his ankle, but Wigan regrouped well.

Rodallega was prominent either side of the break and twice threatened to break the deadlock, first with a low, long-range effort after a swashbuckling cross-field run from deep on the left, and then when he almost made Steinsson pay for his failure to cut out a straightforward pass from Diame.

Rodallega appeared to injure a hamstring following the first of those efforts, but any lingering doubts about his fitness were quashed by a well-constructed opener marred only by a touch of offside.

Wigan goal was offside - Coyle

N'Zogbia, carrying the ball out of defence, found Di Santo deep in opposition territory, and the Argentine - who appeared to be just ahead of the last Bolton defender - nudged the ball through for Rodallega to apply the finish.

Coyle was unimpressed by the perceived shortcomings of the linesman, but Elmander's goal soon restored a measure of calm in the Bolton dug-out.

Neither Chris Kirkland - who had conceded 10 goals in his only two previous appearances this season - nor his defenders dealt effectively with Stuart Holden's cross into the six-yard box.

An attempted clearance was sliced skywards and, with Kirkland prone, Taylor was the first to react, nodding the ball down for Elmander to jab home.

With parity restored, Rodallega should have scored the winner late on, but headed a seemingly unmissable chance across goal.

Ultimately, though, neither side did enough to deserve victory.

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 1-1 Bolton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Rodallega 59
  • Elmander 66

Wigan

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 17,100
WIGAN
BOLTON

Possession

  • Wigan 55%
  • Bolton 45%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 9
  • Bolton 3

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 7
  • Bolton 6

Corners

  • Wigan 5
  • Bolton 0

Fouls

  • Wigan 8
  • Bolton 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:21 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:02 Close range headed effort by Johan Elmander misses to the right of the target.
  • 90:00+0:06 Unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 87:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Matthew Taylor. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 85:39 Substitution Mark Davies is brought on as a substitute for Fabrice Muamba.
  • 85:18 Short corner taken by Hugo Rodallega from the left by-line.
  • 85:05 Tom Cleverley has a drilled shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 83:17 Tom Cleverley has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
  • 82:08 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Tom Cleverley coming on for Jordi Gomez.
  • 81:21 The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 78:26 Corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez, Close range header by Hugo Rodallega misses to the right of the goal.
  • 77:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Ronnie Stam. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:59 Foul by Maynor Figueroa on Rodrigo Moreno, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 75:02 The referee blows for offside against Rodrigo Moreno. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
  • 73:59 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Hugo Rodallega played to the near post, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 72:20 Franco Di Santo takes a shot from 12 yards. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Hugo Rodallega from the left by-line. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 72:20 Franco Di Santo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Inswinging corner taken by Hugo Rodallega.
  • Correction - 71:47 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 71:47 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
  • 69:25 Shot from 18 yards by Rodrigo Moreno. Comfortable save by Chris Kirkland.
  • 65:35 GOAL - Johan ElmanderWigan 1 - 1 Bolton Johan Elmander scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Bolton.
  • 64:30 Franco Di Santo is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 64:30 Substitution Matthew Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Petrov.
  • 64:30 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee.
  • Correction - 61:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Maynor Figueroa. Shot comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick.
  • 61:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Chung-Yong Lee. Martin Petrov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick,
  • 61:13 Franco Di Santo has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 58:19 Assist by Franco Di Santo.
  • 58:19 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWigan 1 - 0 Bolton Hugo Rodallega fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 1-0 Bolton.
  • 55:38 Shot by Jordi Gomez. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 54:49 Foul by Johan Elmander on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
  • 51:49 Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 51:49 Substitution Ronnie Stam is brought on as a substitute for Emmerson Boyce.
  • 47:59 Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 46:20 Shot from just outside the box by Stuart Holden misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:04 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+3:56 Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 45:00+1:45 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
  • 45:00+0:53 Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from 18 yards. Jordi Gomez gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Fabrice Muamba. Hendry Thomas takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:06 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 44:43 Shot by Hugo Rodallega. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • Correction - 42:48 Gretar Rafn Steinsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
  • 42:48 Unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Gretar Rafn Steinsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa,
  • 41:49 Johan Elmander fouled by Antolin Alcaraz, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.
  • 41:00 Drilled right-footed shot by Hugo Rodallega. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • Correction - 38:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zat Knight on Charles N'Zogbia. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:18 Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:43 Shot on goal by Martin Petrov from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 34:16 Effort from the edge of the area by Charles N'Zogbia goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 33:49 Jordi Gomez fouled by Chung-Yong Lee, the ref awards a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:38 Paul Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 31:38 Booking Paul Robinson booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:08 Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 29:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Jordi Gomez. Jordi Gomez crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • Correction - 29:20 Substitution James McCarthy goes off and Mohamed Diame comes on.
  • 29:20 Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez. Jordi Gomez crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 29:20 Substitution Mohamed Diame joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McCarthy.
  • 29:20 Booking Gary Cahill is booked.
  • 23:49 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on James McCarthy. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 23:15 The official flags Paul Robinson offside. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
  • 20:34 Martin Petrov takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 19:40 Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:30 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:49 Unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Fabrice Muamba. Shot comes in from Hugo Rodallega from the free kick, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 14:17 The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Effort on goal by Kevin Davies from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 11:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Martin Petrov. Martin Petrov takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:40 Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 1:44 The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 0:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by James McCarthy. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 23 22
2 Man City 8 7 17
3 Tottenham 9 3 15
4 West Brom 9 -2 15
5 Arsenal 8 8 14
6 Man Utd 8 7 14
7 Sunderland 9 1 12
8 Bolton 9 0 12
9 Newcastle 9 1 11
10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
11 Everton 9 1 10
12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
13 Stoke 8 -2 10
14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
15 Wigan 9 -9 10
16 Fulham 9 -1 9
17 Blackburn 8 -1 9
18 Liverpool 8 -6 6
19 Wolves 9 -7 6
20 West Ham 9 -10 6


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