Tuesday January 3, 2012 Day 20 Finished DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic 1 - 4 Sunderland

  • Rodallega 62’
  • Gardner 45’
  • McClean 55’
  • Sessegnon 73’
  • Vaughan 82’

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    • Wigan Athletic
    • Sunderland
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game from today, from 00:01 on Wednesday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' Full time! Sunderland begin 2012 in style at the expense of Wigan to pull further away from the drop zone. The Latics continue to reside in the bottom three, however. Thanks for joining me tonight! Tweet me for post-match discussion @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Could have more than three minutes, as Colback gets treatment for a further delay to the closing stages.
    • 90+1' McCarthy short to Rodallega, whose shot is closed down.
    • 90' Three minutes added on at the end of the game.
    • 89' The impressive McClean is replaced by Dong-Won Ji, hero in the upset win against Man City, in the game's final change of personnel.
    • 88' Meyler's cross is headed from danger by Figueroa. Sunderland are looking for five here.
    • 87' And now Mohamed Diame is on for Watson.
    • 86' Ahmed Elmohamady comes on for Sunderland in place of the game's opening scorer, Gardner.
    • 85' Despite the red card, City now lead Liverpool 3-0 after the Reds concede a penalty converted by Milner. Wigan look out of ideas here, Sunderland have well and truly done a number on them.
    • 84' Moses fires over from distance.
    • 83' Gareth Barry has been sent off at the Eithad and Man City must see out 17 minutes with ten men, they still lead 2-0
    • 82' Sessegnon has the assist to his name.
    • 81' Again the Latics are poor at the back and a speculative hit from Vaughan finds the top corner majestically.
    • 80' What a strike from Vaughan! Game over! Sunderland lead 4-1!
    • 78' Sammon goes wide from a Moses ball in.
    • 77' Wigan deal with the corner and move forward but Kilgallon clears the cross from Jones.
    • 76' MCCLEAN! Denied a brace by Al Habsi! Corner for the away side coming up.
    • 75' Another good corner delivery from the hosts, but no shot comes of it.
    • 74' The Benin forward does enjoy scoring against Wigan, and this one could be a crucial one as heads are sure to go down amidst the home side.
    • 73' Bendtner dispossesses Figueroa and whips the ball in for SESSEGNON! Sunderland have their cushion back!
    • 72' O'Shea with an important clearance in the Sunderland box.
    • 70' Wigan are certainly striving for the equaliser, but the Black Cats are not proving easy to break down.
    • 69' Offside against Bendtner, who wildly mis-hits the shot anyway.
    • 67' First Sunderland change of the game sees David Meyler replace Richardson.
    • 66' Dangerous delivery and Wigan get another corner from it, which comes to nothing.
    • 65' Foul by Richardson on McCarthy, who is getting the credit for the assist on the Wigan goal. The free-kick eventually leads to a corner, Wigan's 7th.
    • 64' Sammon with the cross-cum-shot, Mignolet is forced to make a save.
    • 63' Decent shot from the forward which may have actually nicked off the back of Sammon before going in. Jermain Defoe has given Spurs the lead against West Brom.
    • 62' RODALLEGA! GAME ON! Wigan back in it, 1-2 Sunderland!
    • 61' Watson fires at goal with his left foot, but Sessegnon blocks it.
    • 60' Rodallega fouls McClean, Sunderland take the free-kick short.
    • 59' The visitors break from a Wigan corner and McCarthy does well to regain possession for the hosts.
    • 58' Pro-active sub from Martinez to try and find a way back into the game: Conor Sammon comes on for Ronnie Stam.
    • 56' He was unmarked at the back post and Al Habsi saved the first header from close range, only for the rebound to return to McClean to double the Black Cats' lead into the empty net.
    • 55' MCCLEAN! 2-0!
    • 53' Figueroa now receives treatment and play is delayed once more.
    • 52' Sunderland counter following a Wigan mistake, but Bendtner for some reason opts not to try to rescue Sessegnon's overhit pass. He definitely could have got to that with a little elbow grease.
    • 51' Moses fires wide of goal. Goal kick Sunderland.
    • 50' Sunderland clear a Wigan corner, but the home side keep possession.
    • 49' O'Shea clears a Figueroa cross.
    • 48' Watson escapes a booking now for a foul on Richardson, though it's a fair shout as far as the referee's consistency is concerned. Been very lenient.
    • 47' It's 2-0 at half-time between Man City and Liverpool, with Yaya Toure doubling the lead at the Eithad.
    • 46' Sunderland get the second half underway.
    • 45+5' Looking at the foul again, Bendtner was under heavy pressure from several Wigan players but actually looks to have gone down of his own accord. Nonetheless, there's the whistle and Sunderland go into half-time with a 1-0 lead.
    • 45+4' Sunderland win a free-kick from some distance out. Gardner whips it into the danger zone and with some help of the wind it sails into the back of the net! Sucker punch for Wigan!
    • 45+3' From the corner, Moses wins a free-kick off Cattermole who somehow remains without a yellow card.
    • 45+2' Five minutes went up in fact, sounds more like it with all the stoppages.
    • 45+1' Jones to Moses, back to JONES! Great save by Mignolet! And the keeper gets to the spill before Figueroa can! Corner conceded!
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 43' Moses wins possession from Bendtner and looks to break but Sunderland are happy to soak up the pressure and eventually outnumber the early sub winger.
    • 42' The weather is taking its toll on the pitch at the moment, and the wind is blowing hard to boot.
    • 41' Gomez scuffs a first-time shot from Jones' pass.
    • 40' Richardson is caught offside trying to collect a pass from Cattermole.
    • 39' Crusat doesn't need the stretcher after all, but he will make way for Moses.
    • 37' Pause in play here and the stretcher is coming for Crusat. Victor Moses is warming up and it looks like an enforced change coming up.
    • 35' Crusat takes an accidental knee in the back from Vaughan and the ball is eventually put out of play sportingly by Cattermole.
    • 34' Rodallega concedes a foul tussling for a ball with O'Shea in the visitors' final third. Some of the home fans thought the whistle may be to award the penalty.
    • 33' Sunderland burst forward after that close call and win corner number four, the first time they've edged ahead of the hosts in the corner stakes.
    • 32' Watson on the rebound! Off the post again!
    • 31' JONES! Hits the post!
    • 30' Now Bendtner needs treatment, but the delay ends and the Dane resumes play.
    • 28' ...no, just the free-kick. And Sunderland will break from this! McClean does well out wide and crosses for Bendtner! Couldn't connect!
    • 27' Foul by Cattermole on McCarthy, may be booked for that one...
    • 26' Stam concedes a third Sunderland corner, but Wigan clear their lines.
    • 25' We have a goal elsewhere in the Premier League, with two other games this evening. Sergio Aguero has fired Man City ahead at home to Liverpool in the 10th minute (they kicked off at 20:00)
    • 24' Figueroa blocks a Bendtner cross attempt.
    • 23' Another Sunderland corner now, 3-2 to Wigan as far as those are concerned, but Al Habsi comfortably claims.
    • 22' But the visitors concede a foul of their own trying to attack the free-kick and the danger is over almost as quickly as it arose.
    • 21' Gardner wins Sunderland a free-kick out on the right flank, Jones with the foul.
    • 20' The match resumes and it looks like Cattermole will be alright to carry on.
    • 19' Play now screeches to a halt as Cattermole is hurt. If he has to be replaced, he'll have lasted less than when he last returned to the DW in Sunderland colours and saw red.
    • 18' Colback plays a one-two with Richardson to advance into Wigan's box, but Alcaraz does well to marshall the ball out of danger.
    • 17' Bendtner appears to deliberately handball, but escapes a booking.
    • 16' Watson takes it short to Stam who'll cross, it's cleared but Wigan retain possession and continue to look for penetration into the Sunderland box.
    • 15' Wigan break away from the pressure and great play from Rodallega wins corner number three for the hosts.
    • 14' Richardson takes it, Figueroa clears it all the way back to Richardson who will let it bounce out for the throw.
    • 13' Sunderland win their first corner as Wigan give possession away once more and Alcaraz closes the move down at the expense of the set piece.
    • 12' Another Sunderland delivery, this one caught by Al Habsi.
    • 11' Alcaraz fouls Bendtner but advantage is played. Figureoa clears the ball into the danger zone.
    • 10' Mike Dean is the senior official for this game, by the way.
    • 9' Gohouri shoots from the set piece, a better delivery than the first, and Gardner clears it close to the goal line.
    • 8' Another Wigan corner coming up. Rodallega has a speculative shot closed down to concede it.
    • 7' Now Colback and Cattermole finally begin some sustained Sunderland possession. Cattermole getting booed every time he touches the ball by his former faithful.
    • 6' Al Habsi clears a back pass straight to the visitors, but the cross back into the Wigan box cannot find a team-mate.
    • 5' Home side continuing to have the bulk of possession, a good start so far with progressive build-up play.
    • 4' Crusat with the cross there after receiving the ball from Watson.
    • 3' It's Jones who takes the corner, but Sunderland break. Watson dispossesses Bendtner and here come the Latics again, with Rodallega firing over the bar.
    • 2' Wigan work good possession from the off and Jones wins the game's first corner.
    • 1' The home side begin the game.
    • 19:45 The teams are on the pitch at the DW, kick-off is mere moments away.
    • 19:40 Wigan have won the most penalties in the Premier League this season (six), but Roberto Martinez’s side have also conceded the joint-most penalties (six again) along with West Brom.
    • 19:35 The Black Cats have lost five of their last seven PL games on the road, but won the other two.
    • 19:30 However, Wigan have failed to win any of their last seven Premier League games at the DW Stadium (D3 L4).
    • 19:25 Sunderland have only won two of their 11 Premier League games against Wigan, with the Latics winning six.
    • 19:20 Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "If everybody’s playing the games at the same time it’s not a problem. Naturally I wasn’t too pleased about the results on Saturday, Blackburn winning, because we’re still fighting for our lives. I went to watch Wigan play and they showed remarkable spirit to fight back and get a draw at Stoke. We will have our work cut out on Tuesday."
    • 19:15 Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "In a team, you have to find that character, that personality and that desire to get back on level terms and that pleases me a lot. I feel really happy with the performance (against Stoke) but, more than anything, it's just the ingredients we showed as a team that you need in this league to achieve your aim."
    • 19:10 Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Watson, McCarthy, Jones, Gomez, Crusat, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Moses, McArthur, Boyce, Sammon, Diame. /// Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Colback, McClean, Cattermole, Vaughan, Richardson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady, Noble, Lynch, Laing.
    • 19:05 Wigan could move out of the relegation zone with a win at the DW tonight, while Sunderland hope to continue their climb away from the bottom three under new boss Martin O'Neill. Premier League Table
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Wigan and Sunderland!
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