Saturday March 19, 2011 Day 30 Finished DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic 2 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Cleverley 25’
  • Figueroa 90’
  • Ridgewell 6’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wigan Athletic
    • Birmingham City
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    • 90'+7 And that is the final whistle!! It's a vital three points for Wigan as they come from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1 at the DW in an incredible finish!! Thanks for joining us!!
    • 90'+6 Foster punts long. Martins is caught offside. That must be that!!
    • 90'+5 Throw to Wigan. Last seconds.
    • 90'+4 Change for Wigan. N'Zogbia is off and Mohamed Diame is on.
    • 90'+3 GOAL WIGAN!!! Would you believe it!! Cleverley finds Figueroa on the edge of the box and his dipping shot flies past Foster!! 2-1 Wigan!! And surely all three points!!
    • 90'+2 Watson urged to pump the ball forward by the DW crowd.
    • 90'+1 It comes to nothing but there'll be five extra minutes for someone to get a winner!
    • 90' N'ZOGBIA FOR WIGAN!! Takes a deflection and Foster concedes a late corner!
    • 89' LARSSON!! Caught in two minds between a cross and a shot - and in the end the ball flies over Al-Habsi's bar!
    • 88' Wigan have a corner. Watson again with a poor delivery. Too deep and that's gone behind for a Birmingham goal kick.
    • 87' The ball is floated in. Davies thinks he's being held off by Alcaraz. Nothing given.
    • 86' Yellow card for Figueroa for a foul on Martins.
    • 85' Last five minutes of normal time. One goal would surely win this one now!
    • 83' Still Wigan press. Obafemi Martins hits the deck. Ball comes in and Foster again shows safe hands.
    • 82' Delay while Rodallega receives treatment. Now we're back underway. Cleverley sets up MCCARTHY!! Flies way over the bar!! Poor finish!!
    • 80' RODALLEGA!!! Davie is caught out, he beats Johnson and chips the ball over Foster to score!! No!! The whistle has gone and Rodallega is penalised for pushing Johnson. Good decision by the ref judging by the replay!!
    • 79' Gardner looks for Jerome! Al-Habsi clears.
    • 78' Again Watson makes life simple for Ben Foster! Frustration for Wigan.
    • 77' Corner for Wigan as we move into the last 15 minutes.
    • 75' The ball is loose in the box!! SAMMON! Blocked by Ridgewell!! Falls to McCARTHY!! Ridgewell again dives in to make the challenge!! Great defending as Birmingham scramble it away!!
    • 75' Rodallega appeals for handball against Davies. The ref waves play on.
    • 74' Good defending by Wigan. Jerome is the lone Birmingham man up front for that pass.
    • 72' Yellow card now for Curtis Davies. Almost identical to the Alcaraz booking.
    • 71' Bentley cracks Caldwell in the face as the Birmingham man attempts an overhead. Caldwell licks his lips ruefully, but he's fine to continue.
    • 70' Nice ball knocked in by Sammon. Only Rodallega in the box but he makes a nuisance of himself as Foster jumps to claim.
    • 68' Jerome is clattered by Alcaraz. Yellow card for the Wigan man.
    • 66' Larsson into RIDGEWELL! Gets up too early and heads way wide of Al-Habsi's goal.
    • 65' Approaching the midway point in the second period. This game could go either way as the visitors have a free kick.
    • 63' Double sub for Wigan. Rodallega is on for Di Santo and Conor Sammon replaces Moses.
    • 62' Wigan now with Moses. To N'Zogbia!" Great footwork, the ball falls to FIGUEROA!! Must be!! Saved by Foster!! That was a great chance for Wigan!!
    • 61' JEROME!! Rushes on to the through ball. He's forced wide and Al-Habsi makes the save!!
    • 60' Cleverley for Wigan. Finds McCarthy but there's Johnson to make the tackle.
    • 58' Change for Birmingham David Bentley is on for Jean Beausejour.
    • 57' WATSON!! Straight at Foster who claims comfortably!
    • 56' Straight up the other end and Wigan have a free kick some 25 yards out and central!
    • 55' Free kick to Birmingham. Larsson bangs it in, off Jerome, appeals for handball against Alcaraz! Nothing given by the ref!
    • 54' Di Santo comes forward for Wigan. Good defending by Carr and Foster will mop things up.
    • 53' What a waste!! Too intricate involving three players and the ball is gifted to Wigan!!
    • 52' Yellow card for Moses for encroachment. Still we wait.
    • 51' Poor challenge by Caldwell on the onrushing Gardner! Just on the edge of the box! Great chance for Birmingham here!
    • 51' Watson takes it and that's too close to Foster.
    • 50' Mistake by Davies, almost lets in Di Santo in the box and Wigan have a corner!
    • 49' Floated in. Looks for Caldwell, headed out by Davies.
    • 48' Cleverley is fouled by Mutch. Taken quickly. Foul by Ridgewell on Moses now.
    • 47' Di Santo with the ball in. Foster claims.
    • 46' Birmingham get us back underway.
    • 46' No changes at the break.
    • 45'+3 And there's the half time whistle. It's 1-1 at the break but you wouldn't count out more goals in the second half.
    • 45'+3 Foul by Boyce on Gardner. Larsson is over hit some 25 yards out..STRIKES IT!! OFF THE BAR!!
    • 45'+1 Boyce with the cross.. N'ZOGBIA!! He's missed from six yards out!! What a chance for Wigan at the death!
    • 45' There'll be three minutes of time added on.
    • 44' McCARTHY!! Tries his luck from 30 yards but there's Foster in the right place to make the save. Worth a pop!
    • 42' And now the tackles are flying in! Fouls in quick succession by Figueroa on Larsson and Di Santo on Ridgewell. A bit of needle in the match!
    • 40' Both players are up and fit to play on and immediately Jerome clatters Caldwell - again !
    • 39' Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz are both down after a heavy collision, courtesy of a push on Caldwell by Jerome.
    • 37' Victor Moses tries to get the cross in for the Latics. Carr is there to clear the danger.
    • 36' We're in the last 10 minutes. Nicely poised at 1-1.
    • 35' Throw to Birmingham. Carr takes it. Finds its way through to JORDAN MUTCH!! Tries his luck from 25 yards but that flies past Al-Habsi's right post!
    • 34' That's hand ball by Jean Beausejour. N'Zogbia takes it but there's the reassuring figure of Foster to claim for the visitors.
    • 33' Watson now for Wigan. Johnson is on hand to get that one away, but Watson will have another chance to knock it in and this time Barry Ferguson does the honours for Birmingham. Good defending.
    • 32' Have to say there's a little more confidence about Wigan now. Probably helps that the booing has stopped!
    • 30' Larsson takes it. Into the far post but there's Di Santo of all people to make the clearance.
    • 29' Birmingham look to hit back and have won a corner!
    • 27' McLeish is fuming and well he might be! Birmingham have bossed this but find themselves level!
    • 26' GOAL WIGAN!!! Out of nothing!! Superb ball by Watson inside Larsson, Boyce makes up so much ground to cut the ball back past the diving Foster and there's Cleverley to slide the ball home!! 1-1!!
    • 25' The City keeper eventually knocks it long. Wigan win it back with Emmerson Boyce. Good spell of possession.
    • 24' Watson takes it. Too close to Ben Foster who claims well.
    • 23' N'Zogbia to Moses. A few boos for N'Zogbia. Carr shuts him out but the Wigan man has won a corner.
    • 22' Quick reactions by Al-Habsi as Jerome looks to latch on to a through-ball. Thumped down the middle by the Omani keeper.
    • 21' Coming up to the halfway stage in the first period. Birmingham are practically camped in the Wigan half at the moment.
    • 20' Corner to Birmingham now. Ridgewell makes a nuisance of himself but that's too long a delivery from Sebastian Larsson! Wasted!
    • 19' Concern around the DW. This has been a bright start - but by the visitors!
    • 17' In it comes! Davies heads on and Jerome almost gets on the end of it!! Al-Habsi does well to block at his near post and eventually gathers!!
    • 16' Figueroa gifts Birmingham a corner! Boos ring out around the DW!
    • 15' There's the change. Davies for Jiranek.
    • 14' Jiranek is limping for Birmingham. Slight worry for Alex McLeish. Curtis Davies is getting ready. Looks like a recurrence of Jiranek's ankle injury.
    • 13' Great tackle by Caldwell on Gardner. Swung out left to N'Zogbia but that's a waste. Birmingham throw.
    • 12' It's back with the hosts. They ping it across the pitch but Craig Gardner picks it up and Birmingham will come forward.
    • 11' Carr with a Blues throw. Roger Johnson takes no chances and heads a long ball back to Foster.
    • 10' N'Zogbia to Figueroa. Cleverley now. Di Santo sees a chance, but that's a poor effort! Practically a pass to Ben Foster!
    • 9' Stephen Carr brings down Tom Cleverley. Clumsy challenge.
    • 7' Great start for the visitors and to the match! How will Wigan respond?
    • 6' GOAL BIRMINGHAM!! Hints of offside but Liam Ridgewell has nipped in to side foot Martin Jiranek's headed ball past Ali Al-Habsi!! 1-0 Birmingham!!
    • 4' Oooh! Good early chance for the Latics as Antolin Alcaraz latches onto Watson's corner!
    • 3' Ben Watson is over the free kick. Comes to nothing but they've won a corner.
    • 2' Early foul by Liam Ridgewell on Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 1' And we're underway at the DW!
    • 14:42 Alex McLeish makes four changes from last week's FA Cup fixture against Bolton. Roger Johnson, Stephen Carr and Liam Ridgewell are back in defence with Craig Gardner in midfield. Top scorer Nikola Zigic, Lee Bowyer and Keith Fahey are all out injured, but David Bentley returns to the bench.
    • 14:36 So three changes for Wigan today. Boss Roberto Martinez brings in Emmerson Boyce, former Blue Charles N'Zogbia and Franco Di Santo. Top scorer Hugo Rodallega is on the bench.
    • 14:29 And our ref today: Lee Probert from Wiltshire.
    • 14:27 Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Mutch, Beausejour, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Phillips, Bentley, Martins, Parnaby, Davies.
    • 14:27 And the teams are in! Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Gary Caldwell, Di Santo, Watson, N'Zogbia, Moses, Cleverley, Boyce, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Gomez, Sammon, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.
    • 14:24 And it was stalemate at St Andrews back in September where Craig Gordon saw red late on in a 0-0 draw.
    • 14:23 The stats suggest goals will be hard to come by today. Wigan have failed to score in 11 league matches this season – the most in the division, while their 27 goals scored is only matched by today’s opponents.
    • 14:22 Meanwhile, the Latics have only won one of their last 11 Premier League matches – 4-3 at home against Blackburn on February 5 - while their total of five wins all season is fewer than any other club. The fewest ever victories by within a 38-match season while avoiding relegation was six – by West Brom in 2004-05.
    • 14:22 But away from St Andrews, the trip to Lancashire has proved tricky. Birmingham’s only victory in six league visits to Wigan was 3-2 in their last match there in December 2009 - the first time they've scored more than twice in 42 away fixtures.
    • 14:20 Their only defeat in all seven meetings was 2-0 at the DW Stadium in April 2008. Ryan Taylor scored both goals.
    • 14:19 And it's the Midlanders who have the edge in recent encounters. The Blues have lost only one of their last seven Premier League fixtures against the Latics and are unbeaten in their last three.
    • 14:18 Expect things to be tight. Wigan and Birmingham have met 13 times in the league. Wigan have come out on top in three, City in four and there have been six draws.
    • 14:16 It promises to be a tense affair today in a proverbial six-pointer. The Latics have lost their last three matches - albeit two of them against the two Manchester teams, while Birmingham have picked up just one point out of a possible nine.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Premier League clash between Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City from the DW stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90'+3 GOAL WIGAN!!! Would you believe it!! Cleverley finds Figueroa on the edge of the box and his dipping shot flies past Foster!! 2-1 Wigan!! And surely all three points!!
    • 89' LARSSON!! Caught in two minds between a cross and a shot - and in the end the ball flies over Al-Habsi's bar!
    • 82' Delay while Rodallega receives treatment. Now we're back underway. Cleverley sets up MCCARTHY!! Flies way over the bar!! Poor finish!!
    • 80' RODALLEGA!!! Davie is caught out, he beats Johnson and chips the ball over Foster to score!! No!! The whistle has gone and Rodallega is penalised for pushing Johnson. Good decision by the ref judging by the replay!!
    • 75' The ball is loose in the box!! SAMMON! Blocked by Ridgewell!! Falls to McCARTHY!! Ridgewell again dives in to make the challenge!! Great defending as Birmingham scramble it away!!
    • 66' Larsson into RIDGEWELL! Gets up too early and heads way wide of Al-Habsi's goal.
    • 62' Wigan now with Moses. To N'Zogbia!" Great footwork, the ball falls to FIGUEROA!! Must be!! Saved by Foster!! That was a great chance for Wigan!!
    • 61' JEROME!! Rushes on to the through ball. He's forced wide and Al-Habsi makes the save!!
    • 57' WATSON!! Straight at Foster who claims comfortably!
    • 55' Free kick to Birmingham. Larsson bangs it in, off Jerome, appeals for handball against Alcaraz! Nothing given by the ref!
    • 45'+3 Foul by Boyce on Gardner. Larsson is over hit some 25 yards out..STRIKES IT!! OFF THE BAR!!
    • 45'+1 Boyce with the cross.. N'ZOGBIA!! He's missed from six yards out!! What a chance for Wigan at the death!
    • 44' McCARTHY!! Tries his luck from 30 yards but there's Foster in the right place to make the save. Worth a pop!
    • 35' Throw to Birmingham. Carr takes it. Finds its way through to JORDAN MUTCH!! Tries his luck from 25 yards but that flies past Al-Habsi's right post!
    • 26' GOAL WIGAN!!! Out of nothing!! Superb ball by Watson inside Larsson, Boyce makes up so much ground to cut the ball back past the diving Foster and there's Cleverley to slide the ball home!! 1-1!!
    • 17' In it comes! Davies heads on and Jerome almost gets on the end of it!! Al-Habsi does well to block at his near post and eventually gathers!!
    • 10' N'Zogbia to Figueroa. Cleverley now. Di Santo sees a chance, but that's a poor effort! Practically a pass to Ben Foster!
    • 6' GOAL BIRMINGHAM!! Hints of offside but Liam Ridgewell has nipped in to side foot Martin Jiranek's headed ball past Ali Al-Habsi!! 1-0 Birmingham!!
    • 4' Oooh! Good early chance for the Latics as Antolin Alcaraz latches onto Watson's corner!
    • 14:27 Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Mutch, Beausejour, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Phillips, Bentley, Martins, Parnaby, Davies.
    • 14:27 And the teams are in! Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Gary Caldwell, Di Santo, Watson, N'Zogbia, Moses, Cleverley, Boyce, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Gomez, Sammon, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.

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