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Handy result: James McArthur (no5) is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the winner for relegation-threatened Wigan Photo: GETTY IMAGES
This result showed how one result can throw open the Premier League relegation battle. Wigan Athletic had come into the game four points adrift of third-bottom Bolton Wanderers and desperate for a win.
After a header from Gary Caldwell and close-range finish by James McArthur, they left it just a point behind Bolton and within striking distance of a cluster of clubs above them.
Bolton would have been disappointed, having initially adopted a more attacking mindset. Kevin Davies was restored to the starting line-up as the home side opted for a 4-4-2 shape.
Owen Coyle’s men immediately took the attack to Wigan, using their pace and power to trouble the visitors, and Martin Petrov unsettled them with a cross that Caldwell almost steered into his own net while clearing for a corner.
But Wigan had the first shot, on the counter-attack, as Victor Moses broke forward down the left then struck into the side-netting from 10 yards.
Despite Bolton’s obvious ambition, they did not create an opening until the 18th minute when Zat Knight’s shot was deflected over by Caldwell on the edge of the penalty area.
Wigan slowly grew in confidence and both Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy struck wide with long-range attempts.
There was the unusual sight of smoke emerging from the visiting supporters’ end, with flares apparently having been set off, and their players further ignited the atmosphere by snatching the lead.
The goal came from a Jean Beausejour corner from the left, which was met by a well-directed, glancing header by Caldwell.
Wigan remained in the ascendancy after the interval, nearly catching out Bolton again early in the half as Di Santo’s angled strike evaded the far post.
Jordi Gomez and Emmerson Boyce both irritated the home fans, as Wigan continued attacking, with both men going down easily in the penalty area in quick succession.
Kevin Davies epitomised Bolton’s frustration, being booked after scything down Maynor Figueroa, but Wigan remained composed and nearly doubled the lead when Moses cut the ball back for McArthur, who shot straight at Adam Bogdan.
Bolton needed some luck to turn the game back in their favour and it came following a long kick by Bogdan. The ball fortuitously struck Ngog on his back then fell nicely for Mark Davies who finished impressively outside the box, powerfully striking the ball beyond Ali Al Habsi.
But Wigan were quickly back in front, following a swift break, as substitute Hugo Rodallega – who had only been on for three minutes – cut inside from the left flank then shot at Bogdan.
The Bolton goalkeeper could only parry the ball into the path of McArthur for a simple finish. It was lead that Wigan did not surrender although Al Habsi was forced into an excellent, late save from Ryo Miyaichi.
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