sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 31 March 2012, 2:00pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 19,786
WiganWiganvStokeStoke
2
  • Alcaraz, 55
  • Moses, 90+3
0

live commentary

90 mins:Full Time: WIGAN ATHLETIC 2-0 STOKE CITY.

90 mins:WIGAN ATHLETIC 2-0 STOKE CITY. Stoke give the ball away on the halfway line and MOSES sprints free before rolling the ball into the net.

89 mins:Wigan should have had this match wrapped up ages ago as Gomez wastes another chance when a pass was surely the better option.

87 mins:Martinez makes his final change with Conor Sammon replacing Beausejour.

85 mins:Wigan deserve to take all three points today but will they be made to pay for all their missed chances?

82 mins:Wigan bring on Jordi Gomez for Di Santo.

81 mins:With Bolton and QPR also winning today, this would be a crucial three points for the Latics.

79 mins:Six players have been booked now, four of them from Stoke.

77 mins:Yet another Stoke player is booked, this time it's Wilkinson for a hand to the face of Beausejour.

75 mins:Stoke are showing absolutely no signs of getting back into this match.

73 mins:Beausejour misses his second sitter of the game, completely mis-hitting his shot when well placed.

71 mins:Whitehead is booked for his foul on Moses.

69 mins:Maloney is replaced by Ben Watson as Roberto Martinez makes his first change of the afternoon.

67 mins:Wigan's approach play once again is wasted because they have no out and out striker on the pitch.

65 mins:... and Ricardo Fuller coming on for the ineffective Walters.

65 mins:Tony Pulis makes a couple of changes with Wilson Palacios coming on for Pennant...

62 mins:Peter Crouch has been a very isolated figure in the Stoke attack today. Last week's stupendous goal against Manchester City must seem like a very long time ago for the lanky striker.

60 mins:The Potters have been poor today and their reaction since going behind has not been great.

58 mins:What a result this could be for Wigan. At the moment it means they they are out of the relegation zone.

55 mins:WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-0 STOKE CITY. Maloney's free-kick finds Beausejour who crosses for ANTOLIN ALCARAZ to thump a header past Begovic.

54 mins:Maloney is starting to become a dominant figure in the match as he tries to get the Latics going.

51 mins:Glenn Whelan escapes a booking despite clattering into Moses.

49 mins:Etherington, who took a knock in the first half, is replaced by Cameron Jerome.

49 mins:Wigan are convinced they should have a penalty when Whitehead appears to handle the ball inside the penalty area but the referee waves play on.

47 mins:No changes by either manager at the break.

46 mins:Wigan get the second half underway.

54 mins:Whelan is booked for a foul on Maynor Figueroa.

45 mins:Half Time: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-0 STOKE CITY.

44 mins:A half that has never really got going is drawing to a dull close.

42 mins:It should be 1-0 to Wigan but Beausejour somehow manages to miss an open goal. What a crucial miss by the Latics.

40 mins:Beausejour and Pennant lock horns again and the Wigan man is a little fortunate to avoid a second yellow card.

37 mins:Robert Huth has a 45-yard shot saved by Al-Habsi.

35 mins:Boyce becomes the third player to be shown a yellow card after fouling Matthew Etherington who requires treatment.

34 mins:Beausejour is booked for pushing Pennant.

34 mins:Walters tries his luck but is unable to trouble Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.

32 mins:The match has completely lost its way with no flow or pattern to proceedings.

30 mins:Jon Walters manages to flick Wilkinson's long throw on but no Stoke player can latch on to the ball.

28 mins:It's a real clash of styles with Wigan's clever passing contrasting with Stoke's more robust play.

26 mins:Marc Wilson is booked for a foul on Victor Moses.

24 mins:The game has deteriorated into a stalemate with skilful play at a premium.

21 mins:Wigan's approach play is good but once again they lack a cutting edge.

19 mins:Emmerson Boyce manages to get forward and has the chance to shoot but his first touch is poor and the opportunity is wasted.

17 mins:Andy Wilkinson is Stoke's long-throw specialist in Rory Delap's absence but this time the visitors are caught offside.

14 mins:The lively Jean Beausejour causes panic in the Stoke defence but in the end some poor play by James McArthur allows the visitors to survive.

12 mins:Wigan win a couple of corners in quick succession but they both come to nothing as Begovic claims the second.

10 mins:The Potters have started the better as Pennant's cross is headed clear by Gary Caldwell.

8 mins:Franco Di Santo breaks free but his shot is kept out by Asmir Begovic. The goal-shy Latics striker should have done much better there.

6 mins:Dean Whitehead wins a corner for Stoke but Wigan deal with Jermaine Pennant's delivery fairly comfortably.

4 mins:Both sides have cancelled each other out in the opening stages with no chances created at either end so far.

2 mins:Maynor Figueroa has an early chance to cross but his effort is poor and goes out for a goal kick.

1 mins:We're underway at the DW Stadium.

Wigan Athletic attempt to build on last weekend's win at Liverpool when they take on Stoke City at the DW Stadium this afternoon.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 31 March 2012, 2:00pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 19,786
WiganWiganvStokeStoke
2
  • Alcaraz, 55
  • Moses, 90+3
0

match report

Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses earned Wigan their first Premier League win at the DW Stadium for seven months as they beat Stoke 2-0.

Not since Roberto Martinez's men beat QPR 2-0 in August had Latics picked up three points at home while they also made it back-to-back wins for the first time all season following last weekend's victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

It had seemed like it would be another case of what might have been when Franco Di Santo and Jean Beausejour missed glorious chances in the first half but Alcaraz headed in emphatically in the 54th minute and Moses made sure in injury time.

The only negative for Wigan was victories for fellow strugglers QPR and Bolton, which meant they stayed in the bottom three on goal difference.

Stoke brought good memories for Latics, who have lost only once to Tony Pulis' side in the Premier League and secured their top-flight status with a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season.

The visitors, playing their 49th game of a hectic campaign, had the first chance when Ryan Shawcross got his head to a Jermaine Pennant corner but Ali Al Habsi was alert.

And moments later a mistake from Andy Wilkinson let in Di Santo but the Argentinian never looked entirely confident running at Asmir Begovic, who nevertheless did well to block the shot.

Wigan continued to press for the opener and Begovic had to be alert to keep out Shaun Maloney's volley in the 15th minute, while Stoke had a rare opening thanks to a miscued clearance from Emmerson Boyce but Jon Walters steered his volley just wide.

Wigan really only had themselves to blame for failing to take the lead five minutes before the break when Moses sent a perfect cross along the six yard line but Beausejour somehow failed to guide the ball into an empty net.

The bobbly pitch arguably did the winger no favours but it really was an astonishing miss.

Wigan wanted a penalty in the opening minute of the second half when Dean Whitehead handled but referee Mark Clattenburg was unmoved despite being surrounded by Latics players.

Stoke made their first substitution a couple of minutes later, with Cameron Jerome replacing Matthew Etherington, who looked like he was still struggling following a first half tackle from Boyce.

Wigan had resumed their pressing and probing and in the 54th minute they finally found a moment of precision to take the lead.

Maloney, who had caused Stoke problems all afternoon, played in Beausejour down the left and he made up for his horror miss with a lovely cross to pick out defender Alcaraz, who powered a header into the bottom corner for his first Wigan goal of the season.

Pulis responded with a double change, sending on Ricardo Fuller and Wilson Palacios for Pennant and Walters, while Ben Watson replaced the impressive Maloney for Wigan.

Beausejour certainly had not worn his shooting boots and another golden chance went begging in the 72nd minute.

The winger was inexplicably left completely unmarked at the back post when Watson swung over a free-kick but again he scuffed his shot and Begovic saved easily.

Stoke fashioned their first chance of the second half 78 minutes in as Wilkinson swung over a cross from the right for Shawcross but the defender could only nod wide.

Wigan were beginning to get a little nervy and some hesitant defending allowed Jerome to fire a shot over the bar, but they also continued to look dangerous in attack and Begovic did well to deny substitute Jordi Gomez.

And the hosts made sure of the points in injury time when Wilkinson again wanted too much time and was robbed by Moses, who did what Di Santo could not, rounding Begovic and slotting home.

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
17Emmerson Boyce
5Gary Caldwell
3Antolin Alcaraz
31Maynor Figueroa
22Jean Beausejour87
11Victor Moses
4James McCarthy
10Shaun Maloney70
16James McArthur
9Franco Di Santo82

substitutes

8Ben Watson70
14Jordi Gómez82
7Albert Crusat
18Conor Sammon87
19David Jones
23Ronnie Stam
1Chris Kirkland

referee

Mark Clattenburg

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
12Marc Wilson
4Robert Huth
28Andy Wilkinson
17Ryan Shawcross
18Dean Whitehead
16Jermaine Pennant65
6Glenn Whelan
26Matthew Etherington49
19Jonathan Walters65
25Peter Crouch

substitutes

40Wilson Palacios65
20Matthew Upson
30Ryan Shotton
33Cameron Jerome49
10Ricardo Fuller65
29Thomas Sørensen
9Kenwyne Jones

referee

Mark Clattenburg

match stats

possession %6039
shots on target61
shots off target34
corners81
tackles won118
offsides05