Saturday August 25, 2012 Day 2 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 0 - 2 Wigan Athletic

  • Di Santo 51’
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  1. Wigan ease past Southampton

    Wigan ease past Southampton

    Wigan Athletic struck twice in the second-half to condemn Southampton to a 2-0 Premier League defeat at St Mary's. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Wigan Athletic
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    • 90+4' The final whistle blows. A comfortable 2-0 win for Wigan in the end.
    • 90+3' Fonte misses a golden chance in front of goal as he hooks wide.
    • 90+3' Al-Habsi is equal to a long-range effort from Do Prado. It looked to be going wide anyway.
    • 90+1' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 90' Mauro Boselli replaces goalscorer Kone.
    • 89' It was a poor first touch from Fonte but he looked to be tripped by the Ivorian striker.
    • 88' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 WIGAN. Kone steals the ball from Fonte on the halfway line before drilling it beyond Davis to wrap the game up for Wigan!
    • 87' This has been a professional, well organised performance from Wigan.
    • 85' Poor first touch from Kone as he fails to collect a pass from Gomez. He would have been in on goal!
    • 84' Lallana shows quick feet in the penalty area before firing in a low left-footed shot that Al-Habsi pushes away. The goalkeeper almost made a mess of it.
    • 83' Almost a mix-up between Alcaraz and Caldwell but the ball is hacked away as the seconds tick down.
    • 82' There have been too many misplaced passes in this second-half from Southampton.
    • 81' Kone plays a fine one-two with Gomez and slides the ball a yard wide of the post under pressure from the defender. Excellent play from Wigan.
    • 78' Lambert crosses into the box and Hooiveld’s looping header bounces off the top of the crossbar!
    • 76' Sharp shows terrific desire to win his side a throw after coming on.
    • 75' Double Saints substitution as Rodriguez and Davis are replaced by James Ward-Prowse and Billy Sharp.
    • 74' Maloney is replaced by Jean Beausejour.
    • 73' Figueroa gets beyond Clyne but ihis cross is cleared as Wigan go for the killer second goal.
    • 72' Wigan have a measure of control over this game now. Premier League experience starting to tell?
    • 70' Boyce delivers a dangerous cross across the face of the Saints goal and Hooiveld is forced to put it behind for a corner.
    • 69' The home fans are beginning to get a little restless. Perhaps they should remember where they were a couple of years ago.
    • 68' Do Prado has the ball nicked off his toes by the busy figure of Maloney.
    • 66' Di Santo is replaced by Jordi Gomez in the Latic's first change of the game.
    • 65' Wigan look composed in possession but have had to rely on Al-Habsi on a number of occasions in this second-half.
    • 63' A superb effort from Lambert who controls before striking a fierce shot distance that is pushed behind for a corner by the excellent Al-Hansi.
    • 62' Di Santo is in confident mood but tries a shot from distance that is well wide of Davis' goal.
    • 61' Fox will take a throw on the halfway line for Southampton.
    • 60' Lallana is pushed in the back by Alcaraz. Free-kick Southampton in the middle of the park.
    • 59' Rodriguez's header off a Do Prado cross is completely aimless and drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 57' Nigel Adkins may be thinking about changes here. Southampton still look a threat though.
    • 56' Kone plays the ball out for a throw. He may argue that his team-mate's position to collect the pass should have been better.
    • 54' Fox’s well-struck volley from the edge of the area is punched away by Al-Habsi who is a busy man in this second-half.
    • 54' Southampton win a corner as they look to react to going beind.
    • 53' Southampton probably edged the first-half but they find themselves behind now.
    • 51' It was a clinical finish from Di Santo who showed in the second-half of last season what a threat he can be.
    • 50' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 WIGAN. Maloney collects a ball from Boyce and plays Di Santo in with a neat slide-rule pass. The Argentine fires unerringly into the roof of the net to give Wigan the lead!
    • 49' Southampton almost open the scoring as Do Prado’s cross is headed down by Lambert who sees his attempt pushed away by Al-Habsi.
    • 49' Figueroa attempts a spectacular dipping shot which si held by Kelvin Davis in the Saints goal.
    • 48' Lallana thinks he is fouled by Maloney but the referee waves play-on.
    • 47' The rain has eased at St Mary's. Let's hope for a few more chances in this second-half.
    • 46' We are off and underway again in the second-half.
    • 45+1' That's half time. It hasn't exactly been enthralling but there has been plenty to admire from both teams defensively.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Southampton fans were sure the ball had gone out but Malonery takes it on only to see his low cross cleared away.
    • 43' It's torrential rain at St Marys now as we approach half-time.
    • 42' Kone surrenders possession. The Ivorian may need a while to settle into the pace of Premier League football by the looks of this.
    • 40' Good oplay from Rodriguez who crosses in for Lambert. The strike cushions the ball to Lallana who attempts a chip that is comfortably help by Al-Habsi.
    • 39' Caldwell plays Kone in with a great ball but the Wigan attack loses momentum.
    • 38' Fox mis-hits his violley after Guly's cross into the box and Wigan get the ball clear.
    • 36' Antolin Alcaraz takes a risk on the edge of his box and almost loses possession but is fouled and gets the free-kick.
    • 35' Jay Rodriguez's cross is well overhit and drifts out for a goal kick. We have seen little of the Burnley man.
    • 34' It's not exactly inspiring fare at St Mary's, but both managers will be reasonably happy with the starts their side have made, particularly defensively.
    • 32' Maynor Figueroa attempts to volley Boyce’s cross goalwards and he catches it well but Fonte is in a good position to block.
    • 31' Jos Hooiveld knocks the ball out for a Wigan throw.
    • 30' Guly is penalised for handball and Wigan get a free-kick on the edge of their own area. It didn't look intentional.
    • 29' Fox is back on but moving a little gingerly.
    • 28' Soutampton have had the better of the first 28 minutes, although Wigan look better at the back than they have done in previous seasons.
    • 27' Fox is down in some pain after kicking into Boyce's boot after attempting a shot from the edge of the area.
    • 26' Ramis sprays a nice pass out to Boyce who can't control and Southampton break.
    • 25' The ball is missed by everybody and driofts out for a goal kick. It was another good delivery though.
    • 24' Fox is fouled and Lallana will get another chance to swing the ball intro the box.
    • 22' A timely intervention from Caldwell who puts the ball out for a corner with Lallana lying in wait.
    • 21' Despite this being the Saints' first game back in the Premier League, there are a few empty seats around. It was the same at Reading last week.
    • 19' Plentry of misplaced passes early in this game. Southampton have been the more adventurous of the two sidees though.
    • 18' Ivan Ramis plays a long ball up to Di Santo but the Argentine can't control.
    • 16' Danny Fox is down. The Southampton man is winded but will be ok to continue.
    • 15' Jose Fonte picks out Lambert in the box and the striker's downward header is gathered by Al-Habsi.
    • 14' It was a brilliant effort and an even better save from the Oman goalkeeper.
    • 13' Lallana turns and lets fly with a stunning effort that is heading into the top left corner until Al-Habsi touches it onto the bar!
    • 11' Wigan now enjoying a bit of possession of their own as Di Santo just fails to control a long ball.
    • 10' Figueroa's cross is too long for Di Santo, but Wigan win the throw down in the corner.
    • 9' Southampton have enjoyed 74% of the possession so far. A positive start in their first home game.
    • 7' Goals were a big issue for Wigan last season. Franco Di Santo was their top scorer with just seven.
    • 6' James McArthur clears away a Southampton corner. The Saints are likely top be dangerous from set-pieces this season.
    • 5' Gary Caldwell makes a good block in the area as Southampton press.
    • 3' Maynor Figueroa lays the ball off to Arouna Kone and Wigan are enjoying some good early possession here before the ball rolls out for a Saints goal kick.
    • 2' There is a real sense of anticipation at St Mary's as Southampton kick off their first home game back in the Premier League.
    • 1' We are off and underway at St Mary's!
    • 14:55 If you want to discuss the game on Twitter, I'll try and be as active as I can. @StewartCoggin
    • 14:50 Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: “At the moment, we are still looking at if we can bring in maybe another player, but it has to be the right one and he has to be the right character to fit in.”
    • 14:45 Wigan were undone early at home to Chelsea as they conceded two goals in the first seven minutes. New defender Ivan Ramis had a first-half to forget, but he and the Latics improved as the match went on. All too often, however, they were let down by their final ball, with too many crosses being claimed comfortably by Petr Cech.
    • 14:40 The Saints are continuing to pursue Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez and there is news this afternoon that he has not been included in the squad for the opening match of the Serie A season. Boss Nigel Adkins is still hopeful of adding to his squad before the transfer window closes: “I'd like to think we are going to be very active in the window because I know how hard people are working behind the scenes here at Southampton.”
    • 14:35 Southampton should be great to watch going forward this season, as last Sunday’s match suggested, but it will be defensively where they may be found wanting.
    • 14:30 Wigan make one change from the side which lost 2-0 to Chelsea as Arouna Kone replaces Victor Moses who completed a move to the Blues on Friday. Kone will take his place in attack alongside Franco Di Santo and Sean Maloney in a 4-3-3 formation.
    • 14:25 Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis get their first Premier League starts for Southampton after coming off the bench to score in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City. James Ward-Prowse and Jason Puncheon drop to the bench.
    • 14:20 Southampton began life back in the Premier League with a 3-2 defeat to champions Manchester City. The Saints led in that game thanks to goals from Ricky Lambert and Steven Davis and a major shock looked on the cards until Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri hit back for City.
    • 14:15 SOUTHAMPTON: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, S. Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Guly, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Gazzaniga, Sharp, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Shaw, Seaborne, Puncheon. /// WIGAN ATHLETIC: Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Beausejour.
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  • Summary

    • 90+3' Fonte misses a golden chance in front of goal as he hooks wide.
    • 90+3' Al-Habsi is equal to a long-range effort from Do Prado. It looked to be going wide anyway.
    • 88' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 WIGAN. Kone steals the ball from Fonte on the halfway line before drilling it beyond Davis to wrap the game up for Wigan!
    • 87' This has been a professional, well organised performance from Wigan.
    • 85' Poor first touch from Kone as he fails to collect a pass from Gomez. He would have been in on goal!
    • 84' Lallana shows quick feet in the penalty area before firing in a low left-footed shot that Al-Habsi pushes away. The goalkeeper almost made a mess of it.
    • 81' Kone plays a fine one-two with Gomez and slides the ball a yard wide of the post under pressure from the defender. Excellent play from Wigan.
    • 63' A superb effort from Lambert who controls before striking a fierce shot distance that is pushed behind for a corner by the excellent Al-Hansi.
    • 54' Fox’s well-struck volley from the edge of the area is punched away by Al-Habsi who is a busy man in this second-half.
    • 50' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 WIGAN. Maloney collects a ball from Boyce and plays Di Santo in with a neat slide-rule pass. The Argentine fires unerringly into the roof of the net to give Wigan the lead!
    • 49' Southampton almost open the scoring as Do Prado’s cross is headed down by Lambert who sees his attempt pushed away by Al-Habsi.
    • 49' Figueroa attempts a spectacular dipping shot which si held by Kelvin Davis in the Saints goal.
    • 40' Good oplay from Rodriguez who crosses in for Lambert. The strike cushions the ball to Lallana who attempts a chip that is comfortably help by Al-Habsi.
    • 32' Maynor Figueroa attempts to volley Boyce’s cross goalwards and he catches it well but Fonte is in a good position to block.
    • 15' Jose Fonte picks out Lambert in the box and the striker's downward header is gathered by Al-Habsi.
    • 13' Lallana turns and lets fly with a stunning effort that is heading into the top left corner until Al-Habsi touches it onto the bar!
    • 14:15 SOUTHAMPTON: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, S. Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Guly, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Gazzaniga, Sharp, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Shaw, Seaborne, Puncheon. /// WIGAN ATHLETIC: Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Beausejour.

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