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Wolverhampton   1 - 2   Wigan

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega keeps his composure to open the scoring

By Jamie Lillywhite

An inspired display from Hugo Rodallega at Molineux lifted Wigan out of the bottom three and consigned Wolves to the foot of the Premier League table.

Rodallega hooked in acrobatically from the edge of the six-yard box to put Wigan ahead as Wolves failed to clear.

The Colombian then played a delightful through ball for Tom Cleverley to slot between keeper Wayne Hennessey's legs.

Wolves pressed after the break but although substitute Steven Fletcher bundled in a late goal Wigan held on.

West Ham's lunchtime victory at Fulham resulted in these two sides slipping into the bottom two places but despite being at the foot of the table Wolves would have been confident of a third successive home win, given Wigan's recent run of only one win in 10 league games.

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Several Wigan players featured snood and glove combinations to combat the cold, but they made by far the brighter start as the home side failed to get out of first gear.

The first example of poor Wolves defending came when Ben Watson's corner was not properly cleared and after Gary Caldwell flicked the ball back into the danger zone, Rodallega turned adroitly before firing into the bottom corner.

Rodallega then measured his pass to perfection to meet the run of on-loan Cleverley who calmly slotted into the net, as a small section of the travelling fans dressed as fluorescent bananas jumped for joy.

Wolves needed an immediate response, but Stephen Hunt could not keep his header down following a fine cross from Dave Edwards on the right flank, while Stephen Ward was convinced he was brought down in the area by Steve Gohouri only to see his penalty claims waved away by referee Mike Dean.

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Indeed Rodallega might well have created a third goal for the visitors, when he collected another loose ball and almost picked out Charles N'Zogbia's run.

The Colombian playmaker also underlined his confidence by trying his luck from fully 35 yards but the shot fizzed wide.

Things were simply not running for Wolves. Even when a Nenad Milijas free-kick deflected wickedly and wrong-footed Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, the on-loan Oman shot-stopper managed to stick out a leg from a prostrate position and clear the danger.

Wolves soon introduced fit-again wideman Matt Jarvis after the break but although the home side had much more possession they created little in the way of clear-cut chances.

Rodallega might have added a third for Wigan only for a snapshot from 20 yards to go straight into the midriff of Hennessey.

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Finally Wolves gave themselves a late lifeline, with a Jarvis cross causing confusion in the Wigan defence and Fletcher one of four players in the old gold who could have applied the finishing touch to a goalmouth scramble six yards out.

It created a raucous finale but in truth a point would have flattered Mick McCarthy's team, who next face a trip to Liverpool on Wednesday.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 1-2 Wigan FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Fletcher 87
  • Rodallega 9
  • Cleverley 20

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 26,901
WOLVES
WIGAN

Possession

  • Wolves 54%
  • Wigan 46%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 4
  • Wigan 8

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 4
  • Wigan 5

Corners

  • Wolves 7
  • Wigan 3

Fouls

  • Wolves 7
  • Wigan 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:45 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+1:30 Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 90:00+0:28 Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:54 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Kevin Foley gets a block in. Corner taken short by Tom Cleverley.
  • 87:31 Hugo Rodallega is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 86:20 GOAL - Steven FletcherWolverhampton 1 - 2 Wigan Steven Fletcher finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Wigan.
  • 85:31 Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
  • 80:17 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 79:33 Effort on goal by Steven Fletcher from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 75:23 Hugo Rodallega is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 72:47 Unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Tom Cleverley results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from left wing.
  • 72:47 Booking Tom Cleverley is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:03 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 71:19 Effort from inside the area by Mohamed Diame misses to the left of the goal.
  • 69:43 Substitution George Elokobi goes off and Steven Fletcher comes on.
  • 67:52 The ball is sent over by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 66:05 Ronald Zubar challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 64:09 Ronald Zubar challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Ben Watson from the free kick.
  • 64:09 Booking Ronald Zubar is booked.
  • 61:49 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
  • 61:04 Gary Caldwell fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:24 Ronnie Stam challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick.
  • 59:11 Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:59 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Ronnie Stam.
  • 53:54 Substitution Matthew Jarvis comes on in place of David Edwards.
  • 51:15 The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 50:52 Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 48:36 Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:07 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Stearman on Hugo Rodallega. Steve Gohouri takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Stephen Ward. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 45:00+0:05 Booking Antolin Alcaraz is shown a yellow card.
  • 41:16 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 40:35 James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Hugo Rodallega. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:58 Ben Watson challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 37:58 Booking Ben Watson booked.
  • 35:54 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fouled by Tom Cleverley, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:01 Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from left wing, clearance by Ben Watson.
  • Correction - 33:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Tom Cleverley. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Nenad Milijas, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 33:42 Unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Tom Cleverley results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 31:46 Hugo Rodallega has a drilled shot and went wide left of the target.
  • 30:34 Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 27:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Ben Watson. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Hugo Rodallega. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:43 Centre by David Edwards, Stephen Hunt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 23:19 Tom Cleverley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 21:15 James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Hunt from left channel.
  • 19:27 Assist by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 19:27 GOAL - Tom CleverleyWolverhampton 0 - 2 Wigan Tom Cleverley gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-2 Wigan.
  • 19:02 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 17:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Mohamed Diame. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:56 David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 16:24 The offside flag is raised against Charles N'Zogbia. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:40 Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Steve Gohouri, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Gohouri.
  • 12:19 Shot on goal by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 11:12 Steve Gohouri challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Mohamed Diame.
  • 10:08 Ronnie Stam concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. The ball is crossed by Stephen Hunt, Christophe Berra takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 8:48 Gary Caldwell provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:48 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWolverhampton 0 - 1 Wigan Goal scored by Hugo Rodallega from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Wigan.
  • 7:44 Corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Ward. Ben Watson takes the inswinging corner, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:03 Stephen Ward sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary Caldwell. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line.
  • 2:24 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 1:20 Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, James McArthur takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 17 22 37
2 Man City 19 12 35
3 Arsenal 17 15 32
4 Chelsea 17 19 31
5 Tottenham 18 4 30
6 Bolton 19 7 29
7 Sunderland 19 1 27
8 Stoke 18 1 24
9 Newcastle 18 -1 22
10 Liverpool 17 -1 22
11 Blackpool 16 -5 22
12 West Brom 18 -7 22
13 Blackburn 19 -7 22
14 Everton 18 -1 21
15 Aston Villa 18 -10 20
16 Wigan 18 -14 19
17 Birmingham 17 -3 18
18 Fulham 18 -6 16
19 West Ham 19 -13 16
20 Wolves 18 -13 15

see also
Defensive errors anger McCarthy
26 Dec 10 |  Wolves
McCarthy criticises ref after defeat
26 Dec 10 |  Wolves
Boxing Day football as it happened
26 Dec 10 |  Football
Boxing Day football photos
26 Dec 10 |  Football



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