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Premier League

  • 27 August 2011
  • • 12:30
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 17225

Wigan Athletic 2-0 QPR: Classy brace from Franco Di Santo hands Latics first win of Premier League season

Wigan Athletic 2-0 QPR: Classy brace from Franco Di Santo hands Latics first win of Premier League season

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Visitors hit the woodwork three times but suffer their second defeat of the season as Roberto Martinez's men maintain their fine start to the campaign

Wigan made it five points from their first three games of the season with a 2-0 victory over QPR at the DW Stadium, with Franco Di Santo bagging both goals for the Latics.

Roberto Martinez made two changes to the side that drew against Swansea, with Adrian Lopez replacing the injured Antolin Alcaraz at the heart of the defence and Hugo Rodallega replacing James McCarthy.

QPR made just one change from the side that won at Goodison Park last weekend, new signing Bruno Perone was handed his Premier League debut in place of Bradley Orr. There was no place for fellow new arrival Joey Barton who watched from the stands, DJ Campbell was ruled out with a virus and striker Jay Bothroyd was only fit enough to be named on the bench.

The game was a close affair, although the hosts looked the sharper in front of goal with Victor Moses going close early on, beating two defenders but not Paddy Kenny in the Rangers goal with his shot flying wide.

Yet Warnock's men had chances, almost inevitably through Adel Taarabt, who rattled the woodwork twice in the opening 45 minutes. His first was from a superb curling shot from fully 20 yards before Ali Al-Habsi was forced to tip his deflected free-kick onto the post as the Moroccan went agonisingly close.

Yet with half-time approaching the Latics took the lead and control of the match; Di Santo picking up a pass from Moses before smashing a volley past Kenny to open the scoring in some style.

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Rangers struggled to find an answer in the second half and indeed the hosts extended their lead just after the hour mark. Again it was Di Santo, pinching the ball off team-mate Rodallega just inside the box, before sending a deflected shot high into the top corner.

Yet QPR could have had one back, only to be denied by the woodwork for the third time in the match when Bruno Perone could only head onto the bar from a corner.

The defeat will be a blow to the visitors, following last weekend's victory over Everton, although they will look forward with relish to their next fixture which sees them take on Joey Barton's former side Newcastle at Loftus Road.

Wigan, meanwhile, having now faced all three promoted sides in their first three fixtures, and have the rather more daunting task of a trip to Manchester City in their next Premier League outing.

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