Rodrigo Moreno capped a vibrant display with his first Bolton goal
By Les Roopanarine
Wigan overcame a double injury blow and a revitalised second-half performance from Bolton to rescue a deserved point.
Having lost midfielder Tom Cleverley to a 10th-minute hamstring injury, the visitors fell behind to a close-range Rodrigo Moreno goal on 54 minutes.
Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland then left the field on a stretcher after a heavy collision with Johan Elmander.
But Ronnie Stam scored a late equaliser from Steve Gohouri's pass, and Wigan survived a late Bolton barrage.
With both teams looking to bounce back from weekend defeats suffered in contrasting circumstances, there was an air of inevitability about the result. Yet the manner of it, after a forgettable first half, was anything but expected.
Just as a rain-lashed evening looked to be drifting away towards mediocrity, Bolton discovered their second wind. Their new-found vigour was matched by an admirable determination on Wigan's part to make light of adversity.
Nobody embodied the relegation-threatened visitors' defiance more than 38-year-old substitute goalkeeper Mike Pollitt, who replaced the unlucky Kirkland in goal and pulled off a string of crucial saves as the home side laid siege to Wigan's goal in the closing stages.
Bolton, forced by injury and other factors to contest their fourth game in 11 days without several key players, again fielded only four substitutes, just as they had done at Anfield on Saturday.
But while they were depleted in numbers, Owen Coyle's side lacked nothing in spirit as they looked to erase the memory of their contentious injury-time loss to Liverpool.
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Liverpool are the only side to have left Bolton with all three points this season, and with better finishing, most notably from Elmander and substitute Martin Petrov late on, Coyle's side might have added further lustre to that impressive record.
In Wigan, however, they were facing a side similarly intent on avoiding another dispiriting defeat.
Visiting manager Roberto Martinez suggested in the aftermath of Sunday's lacklustre 1-0 home loss to Newcastle, which ended a four-game unbeaten run, that his side had played as poorly as they could.
Improvement is inevitable when you reach rock bottom, and after a testing first-half, this was a far more focused Wigan performance.
The visitors suffered an early setback when Cleverley, the young midfielder who has been so influential for them since arriving on loan from Manchester United at the season's outset, limped off with a hamstring injury.
In his absence, the spotlight fell on another youthful wide man, Bolton's Rodrigo.
On loan from Benfica for the season, the teenager tormented Maynor Figueroa, the returning Wigan left-back, exhibiting all the pedigree and technical virtuosity one would expect from a Brazilian-born Spaniard schooled at Real Madrid.
However, for all Rodrigo's probing, and despite enjoying a healthy 57% of first-half possession, Bolton struggled to create an opening until Kevin Davies headed wide from Matthew Taylor's far-post corner with half-time approaching.
They might even have fallen behind, had Jussi Jaaskelainen not pulled off a sprawling save from Hugo Rodallega's 25-yard free-kick.
In Coyle, however, Bolton have a master motivator. Whatever words of encouragement he uttered at half-time, they worked wonders.
Bolton re-emerged like men on a mission, and Gary Cahill had already gone close with a glancing header by the time they took the lead in the 54th minute.
The goal, no less than Rodrigo's sparkling performance merited, was a study in simplicity, Davies slipping him in with an incisive touch from the edge of the area and the Spaniard lashing home at the near post.
Wigan's night took a further turn for the worse when Kirkland - standing in for Ali Al-Habsi, who was unable to play under the terms of his loan deal from Bolton - raced from his line to cut out an excellent through ball from Rodrigo. He ploughed into the blameless Elmander, and was carried off on a stretcher.
Martinez happy with Wigan spirit
Kirkland was replaced by Pollitt, who had conceded 23 goals in his last six appearances for Wigan.
In an early sign of busier times to come, the veteran keeper was called into action almost immediately, smothering an effort from Elmander after a floating ball had bypassed the Wigan defence.
But when Rodallega found Gohouri on the right of Bolton's area with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Bolton had cause to rue their top scorer's profligacy. Gohouri passed to Stam at the far-post, and the Dutchman stretched to tuck home the equaliser.
It set the scene for a frantic finale, but even eight added minutes, and a sustained Bolton onslaught, could not break the defiance of Pollitt, who pulled off a string of outstanding saves to earn Wigan a deserved point.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle:
"We carved out some great opportunities, but Mike Pollitt made some outstanding saves.
"In the second half I thought my lads were terrific.
"We're disappointed only to get a point from the game."
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:
"We know how difficult it is to get a result at the Reebok this season.
"[The injury suffered by Chris Kirkland] was a nasty clash, with both players sliding on the ground, but the first news we've had is quite positive, and we hope he's going to be alright."
90:00+8:02 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+7:01 Martin Petrov sends in a cross.
90:00+5:57 Effort on goal by Mohamed Diame from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
90:00+5:21 Substitution Callum McManaman on for Ronnie Stam.
90:00+5:00 Shot from deep inside the area by Fabrice Muamba clears the bar.
90:00+3:44 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
90:00+1:32 Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake from the right by-line, Shot from 12 yards by Johan Elmander. Save by Michael Pollitt.
90:00+1:07 The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.
90:00+0:38 Paul Robinson produces a cross, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
89:48 Substitution Robbie Blake is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
89:31 Centre by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
89:05 Corner taken by Martin Petrov.
88:43 Martin Petrov has a volleyed shot. Save made by Michael Pollitt.
88:30 Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line.
88:08 Fabrice Muamba has an effort at goal from 20 yards. James McArthur gets a block in.
87:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the right by-line, Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a
86:55 Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
84:31 The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov.
83:28 Martin Petrov delivers the ball, clearance by Hendry Thomas.
82:44 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno goes off and Martin Petrov comes on.
81:05 Corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line, Shot by James McArthur from 12 yards. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
79:56 Booking Ronnie Stam shown a yellow card.
79:05 The assist for the goal came from Steve Gohouri.
79:05 GOAL - Ronnie Stam:Bolton 1 - 1 Wigan Ronnie Stam scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Wigan.
77:41 Hugo Rodallega is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
76:36 Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
76:13 Shot by Johan Elmander. Save by Steve Gohouri.
75:07 Ronnie Stam crosses the ball, blocked by Paul Robinson.
72:48 Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
72:48 Booking Mohamed Diame goes into the referee's book.
71:31 Samuel Ricketts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
70:10 Ben Watson takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
69:32 Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
69:04 Centre by Steve Gohouri, Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.
67:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
66:52 Headed effort from inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the left of the target.
65:04 Rodrigo Moreno sends in a cross.
61:01 Substitution Michael Pollitt is brought on as a substitute for Chris Kirkland.
56:23 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Watson, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
53:53 The assist for the goal came from Mark Davies.
53:53 GOAL - Rodrigo Moreno:Bolton 1 - 0 Wigan Rodrigo Moreno finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Bolton
52:54 Booking Gary Caldwell receives a yellow card.
52:42 Paul Robinson challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
50:19 Effort on goal by Mohamed Diame from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
49:30 Kevin Davies challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
48:47 Foul by Kevin Davies on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
47:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Gary Cahill produces a header from inside the
area that goes over the bar.
Correction - 45:57 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Matthew Taylor sends in a cross, Header by
Gary Cahill from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
45:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Samuel Ricketts. The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Headed effort from
deep inside the penalty area by Gary Caldwell misses to the left of the goal.
45:57 Booking Maynor Figueroa is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+0:43 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
45:00+0:20 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts.
43:45 It is the end of the first-half.
43:43 Mohamed Diame delivers the ball, blocked by Fabrice Muamba.
42:00 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Davies misses to the left
of the goal.
41:45 Johan Elmander produces a cross, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
37:48 Matthew Taylor produces a cross, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.
34:49 Shot by Rodrigo Moreno. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
34:24 Mark Davies fouled by Hendry Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
31:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Maynor Figueroa. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
30:20 Zat Knight is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Hugo Rodallega, Jussi
Jaaskelainen makes a save.
27:35 Kevin Davies is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
27:10 James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
26:07 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
25:34 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Stam. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
24:43 The ball is crossed by Rodrigo Moreno.
22:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Rodrigo Moreno. Rodrigo Moreno takes the direct free kick.
19:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hendry Thomas on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance
made by Gary Caldwell.
17:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Gary Cahill. Hugo Rodallega takes the free kick.
17:30 Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
16:00 Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball, Ben Watson makes a clearance.
12:20 Hendry Thomas challenges Rodrigo Moreno unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Samuel Ricketts, Zat Knight produces
a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
11:20 Substitution Mohamed Diame replaces Tom Cleverley.
11:08 Hugo Rodallega delivers the ball, clearance by Samuel Ricketts.
10:02 Foul by Paul Robinson on Steve Gohouri, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
9:47 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, Steve Gohouri manages to make a clearance.
8:56 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
8:42 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, clearance by Steve Gohouri.
8:18 Matthew Taylor sends in a cross, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
7:19 Mark Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Maynor Figueroa.
7:02 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
6:03 The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.
5:29 Samuel Ricketts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
5:16 Johan Elmander crosses the ball, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
4:50 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, blocked by Steve Gohouri.
4:30 Tom Cleverley produces a cross.
0:56 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Cleverley makes a clearance.
0:33 The referee blows for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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