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25 August 2012
• St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 29604
F. Di Santo 51'
A. Koné 89'
I have been, and am quite likely to remain, Sion Cleaver, until next time, ciao.
That’s all for now then folks, I trust you’ve enjoyed our coverage of this clash, we have more LIVE! match commentary to come on Goal.com this evening in the form of Chelsea v Newcastle, what a stormer that is.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will be very pleased with that result, his side looked very threatening at times and looked defensively sound at the back. Solid performance from the Latics, who historically aren't all that good away from home.
Full-time! No real action of note in the final few minutes, Wigan emerge 2-0 victors over a Southampton side who had everything going for them before the break but their second-half performance ultimately let them down.
90' + 2'
Surprising performance from the Saints, especially considering the absolutely wonderful performance they produces against Manchester City last week!
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Southampton can't wait for the final whistle now, they will be very disappointing that they couldn't score in the first-half when the match was on their side.
What an unlikely goal that was, a poor touch from Fonte saw his pass fall to Kone on the halfway line, but the striker took it all the way and ultimately sealed the deal for the Latics!
GOAAAL!!! A wonderful run from Kone sees him breeze through the Southampton defence, before producing a cool and collected finish past Davis in the Saints goal. Wigan have sealed all three points now.
Goal Arouna Kone
CHANCE! Kone almost hit the back of the net there, Gomez passed a ball to the striker but his footing failed him. He was through on goal, but no dice.
CHANCE! A wonderful run from Lallana sees him get hold of the ball in the box, before cutting through the defence and firing a low left-footed shot towards goal only to see it pushed narrowly out by Al-Habsi. Brilliant goalkeeping from Wigan there.
A breakdown in communication results in a brief mix-up between Alcaraz and Caldwell, but the ball is eventually knocked out of play to avoid an embarrassing mistake.
Southampton are looking quite scrappy now, they're attempting to put together enough of a passing movement to get them near Wigan's area, but they can't seem to string more than a few passes together at present.
CHANCE! Kone produces a clever one-two passing combination with Gomez, who controls the ball well before sliding over the ball and slotting a low-cracker just wide of the Southampton post. That could very easily have been two.
CHANCE! What a chance for Southampton there, Lambert crosses into the box and Hooiveld’s aggressive header across goal smashes off the woodwork!
Just over ten minutes left to run now, and the St Marys faithful are getting quite impatient now. The Saints just can't seem to penetrate the Wigan defence at the moment.
A second for Wigan is looking quite likely, Figueroa brushes past Clyne before dispatching a cross into the box only to see it cleared by the Southampton defence.
What a turnaround for Wigan since the break, they are looking comfortable now. Southampton are struggling to get a touch on the ball.
Do Prado takes a nice little run, but Maloney comes out of nowhere and takes the ball straight off his feet. Terrific tackle.
Franco Di Santo
Di Santo comes off for Jordi Gomez in Wigan's first change of the game. Di Santo has been truly excellent for the Latics today, but his input since the break has been minimal if you leave his goal aside.
Al-Habsi is the only reason Wigan are still in this one. What a terrific series of saves we've seen him pull off today.
CHANCE! A very impressive effort on goal from Lambert, he controls wonderfully before striking a mammoth strike right towards goal only to see Al-Habsi push it behind for a corner!
Alcaraz is found guilty of pushing Lallana in the back with considerable force, free-kick to Southampton near the halfway line.
Rodriguez runs into the path of an incoming Do Prado cross but the resultant header is completely aimless and the ball propels out of play.
CHANCE! The home side almost get an equaliser! Fox produces a well-struck volley from the edge of the Wigan box but his effort is punched away by a brave Al-Habsi.
The Saints had the upper-hand going into the break, but they seem to have lost their touch. Wigan push on.
This game is very end-to-end now, the action keeps switching halves. The rain seems to have added a bit of pace to this game now, very entertaining for the neutral!
Assist Shaun Maloney
Goal Franco Di Santo
GOAL! Wigan immediately silence the St Mary's crowd by breaking the deadlock just after the break. Maloney receives a good pass from Boyce before dispatching the ball into the run of Di Santo, who fires a cracker into the Southampton net.
CHANCE! The home side go close to getting an opener as Do Prado’s cross is headed down by Lambert who's strike is saved by Al-Habsi.
CHANCE! Figueroa attempts a thunderous dipping shot towards goal, Kelvin Davis does marvelously to save that one for Southampton.
Lallana goes down following a Maloney challenge but the referee plays on, didn't look overly physical that challenge. Good call from the referee.
We are off and underway again in the second-half, the rain has let off a little now so let's hope it lasts.
As always, we'll have LIVE! text commentary of all of those ties, so you won't miss a single kick, foul, temper-tantrum or goal this weekend.
Chelsea play host to high-flying Newcastle later this evening in a mouth-watering clash. Meanwhile, Stoke welcome Arsenal to the Britannia stadium tomorrow with Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City following shortly afterwards.
We've got a little break before action resumes, so let’s take a look at some of this weekend’s other games shall we? Yes, good answer.
The referee blows for half-time, we haven't been blessed with a thriller, but both teams have given us plenty to admire, especially defensively.
45' + 1'
St Mary's is enduring torrential rain at the moment, both sides can't wait for the half-time whistle.
Kone does well with a pacey run on the wing, but after coming under a little pressure he surrenders possession.
CHANCE! Possession immediately switches ends, with Rodriguez crossing in for Lambert, who's strike bounces off to Lallana. The 24-year-old hits a lovely little chip, but Al-Habsi gathers.
Wigan are starting to build momentum up front now, Caldwell plays in Kone with a terrific pass, but Southampton's defensive formation does well to close out any danger.
Alcaraz manages to lose possession on the edge of his own box, but he takes a tumble and is awarded a free-kick for his efforts.
Jay Rodriguez attempts a cross into the visitors' box, but his effort is overhit by quite a way. Right into Row Z, impressive. Goal-kick for Wigan.
Wigan are back in this now, mainly due to Southampton's attacking prowess fizzling out following a number of close chances to the home side. The game has certainly turned quite dull in the past few minutes.
CHANCE! Maynor Figueroa flicks a half-volley in the direction of Boyce, who clips the ball towards goal but Fonte is in a good position to produce a block.
The referee blows for a handball courtesy of Guly, Wigan are awarded a free-kick on the edge of their own area. Jos Hooiveld knocks the ball out for a Latics throw.
Fox is down, no he isn't winded again. This time he appears to kick the boots of Boyce following a shot, before propelling to the ground in discomfort. He'll live.
Ramis plays a smooth ball across the pitch to find the run of Boyce, who fails to control it and allows Southampton to break forward.
Fox is fouled much to the despair of the home fans, Lallana hits the resultant free-kick into the box, the ball is missed by everybody inside the area. A good delivery there, but the ball ultimately goes out for a goal kick.
Caldwell does well to interrupt an attacking move from Southampton, with the ball propelling out of play with considerable force.
Quite a few empty seats here at St Mary's, which is surprising considering it is Southampton's first home game back in the Premier League.
Wigan enjoy a rare spot of possession, Ivan Ramis plays a cracking ball to Di Santo, but the Argentine's slightly ill-timed run sees the ball drift out of any danger.
Danny Fox is on the floor in some pain. It appears like he's just winded, so he will continue.
CHANCE! The Saints reply to that chance with a huge effort, Jose Fonte picks out Lambert in the box with the striker's cracking header forcing a wonderful save from Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.
CHANCE! Southampton really should be ahead. Lallana turns nicely on the ball before letting fly with a thunderous effort heading straight into the top left corner only to see Al-Habsi touch it onto the woodwork!
The Saints get another corner kick, but James McArthur bravely clears away any danger. The home team are looking very dangerous from set-pieces today.
Lovely block from Gary Caldwell to kill of any danger from the home side. Southampton are doing well to press on Wigan with a lot of pace, the fans are really getting behind them.
Southampton are awarded the game's first corner, the resultant ball flies into the box only to see the danger fizzle out quite quickly. No attempts on goal from either teams yet.
Wigan are enjoying a good amount of possession early on here, they're passing the ball around in leisurely fashion.
Maynor Figueroa dispatches a nice ball off to Arouna Kone, who pushes forward for Wigan only to see the ball roll out for a Southampton goal kick following some good defending from the home side.
We're off here at a slightly windy St Mary's. The crowd are really up for this one, the atmosphere is electric and it's sure to have an effect on the players.
Just minutes to go until this one folks, stay tuned for all of the live text goodness that is set to follow.
Southampton's starting eleven looks to be slightly the stronger, but it's safe to say we are in for a pretty even affair here at St. Mary's.
Wigan XI: Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa
Southampton XI: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, S. Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana (c), Guly, Lambert, Rodriguez.
Some team news to fly your way then, both teams look to be full-strength for this one...
Wigan however, started their 2012/13 Premier League account with a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea. The scoreline might flatter the European champions however, as Roberto Martinez’ men looked superb at times and were unlucky not to get a goal.
The Saints were very unlucky not to get something at the Etihad last Sunday, they looked the better teams at times and seemed unfazed by their big name opponents.
Not long to go before kick-off now then folks, the home side will undoubtedly be favourites to clinch this one following their narrow 3-2 defeat to Manchester City last week.
Southampton have been a little quieter this transfer window, with the Saints’ only noticeable transfer being the arrival of Steven Davis from Scottish Third Division side Rangers. Davis has already hit the back of the net for the Premier League new boys, scoring in his side’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City.
Wigan have brought in a wave of new faces this summer, Fraser Fyvie has been brought to the Premier League from Scottish outfit Aberdeen, while Ivan Ramis and Arouna Kone arrive at the club from Mallorca and Levante respectively.
Enough with the Southampton facts, Wigan recorded their best Premier League finish just under a decade ago when the Latics finished 10th place in the Premier League’s 2005/06 campaign.
Sticking to last season, Southampton recorded their biggest-ever crowd at St Mary’s at the end of April. 32,363 flocked to watch the Saints play against visiting Coventry City.
Few facts and figures to fly your way then, Rickie Lambert scored a whopping 27 times in 39 Championship appearances for Southampton last season.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! coverage of Wigan’s visit to Southampton, I am Sion Cleaver and I will be guiding you through all the action from St. Mary’s.
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