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7 May 2013
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 18550
R. Espinoza 45'+
J. McCarthy 53'
Àngel Rangel 50'
E. Shechter 59'
D. Tiendalli 76'
Wigan's defensive lapses prove their undoing as Roberto Martinez's side slump to a disappointing defeat after three second-half concessions to leave them three points from safety with just two matches remaining. Swansea's first equaliser came after an exquisite chipped reverse pass from Wayne Routledge into the path of Angel Rangel after well-timed run allowed the right-back to volley into the bottom corner, but after Gary Caldwell set up James McCarthy to retake the lead the club captain's wayward pass allowed Itay Shechter to again equalise. A defensive mixup between Roger Espinoza and James McArthur, who had missed a glaring chance to go 3-1 up earlier in the match, then allowed Dwight Tiendalli to take the lead. Things were to get worse for the Latics when substitute Ronnie Stam was forced off injured moments after his arrival, and the game concluded with a desperate cross from keeper Joel and a bleak result for the home side.
90' + 10'
The Latics assemble in the Swans' half for what proves to be their last opportunity of the match after a speculative shot is blasted over the bar, and the referee blows the final whistle.
90' + 9'
The Latics take a free kick from the half way line and keeper Joel advances up the pitch for it. The goalkeeper then crosses the ball towards Kone after he receives the kick on the right edge of the box, but the striker's header is saved by Tremmel.
90' + 8'
Wigan pour forward and leave space at the back, allowing Dyer a chance following a cross from the right flank, but Joel saves.
90' + 7'
Jordi Gomez turns neatly in the centre circle and finds Kone on the edge of the box. The Ivory Coast international shows impressive power to roll his marker before firing away a shot towards the bottom left corner, but he is outside the box when he takes the shot and Tremmel is able to dive to his right to make the save.
90' + 6'
Wigan flash a cross across the box but none of Roberto Martinez' players are able to reach the delivery. Moments later Maloney overhits a through ball down the right channel and the ball rolls out for a throw-in.
90' + 5'
Maloney's flat delivery is directed towards goal and looks to be headed for Paul Scharner on the edge of the six-yard box, but the ball evades him and keeper Gerhard Tremmel is able to catch the ball.
90' + 4'
Espinoza challenges his opponent on the left flank and concedes a throw-in, and the Latics win a free kick shortly after it is taken.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardJordi Gómez
90' + 2'
The Latics are struggling to get the ball up the pitch as Stam's injury leaves them a man short.
90' + 1'
Nine minutes of stoppage time are announced but Wigan are down to ten men after Ronnie Stam is unable to get back on the pitch after incurring an injury moments after his arrival from the bench. His brief appearance must be one of the most brief substitutions ever.
Kone and Espinoza attempt to create space for a shot but are thwarted by the massed ranks of Swans' defenders on the edge of the box.
Arouna Kone shows good technique to combine with Jordi Gomez on the edge of the box before curling a powerful shot just wide of the right post.
The Wigan crowd attempt to roar their team on but the Latics look deflated after the lengthy stoppage and apparent injury to Ronnie Stam. Roberto Martinez's are struggling to build attacks but their are ten minutes or so left to play.
Emmerson Boyce is taken off in place of the more attack-minded right-back Ronnie Stam, but the Dutchman hobbles off the pitch almost straight away after taking a knock in the challenge. Meanwhile his team give the ball away in their own half, but manage to limit the damage to the concession of a corner kick from which the Swans are unable to capitalise.
The crowd applaud as Michel Vorm is stretchered off the pitch after lengthy break in play.
Ben Davies has risen to his feet after treatment, which is helpful for Laudrup as the Swans have only one substitution remaining. Gerhard Tremmel is readying himself to appear from the bench, while the Latics will be concerned not only for the goalkeeper's well-being but also for how they well attempt to regain momentum following the lengthy stoppage in play.
The referee is forced to halt play for the medical staff to move onto the pitch after a nasty clash of heads between Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm and his teammate Ben Davies.
Roberto Martinez brings on playmaker Jordi Gomez for the more defensively minded Ben Watson. Few players are as wildly inconsistent as the former Espanyol attacker, but he is well capable of salvaging a result from this match, as proved by his stunning hat-trick against Reading at the DW Stadium earlier this season.
Yellow CardBen Watson
Dwight Tiendalli scores for Swansea after another mistake at the back for Wigan! The Latics' defence struggle to clear their lines after Swansea work a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box. The ball falls to one of Michael Laudrup's players on the left edge of the box whose first-time cross floats towards the right post. Shaun Maloney, James McArthur and Roger Espinoza between them fail to take responsibility for clearing the ball, with attacking midfielder Maloney in a particularly poor position that played all the attackers onside. The versatile Swansea player and former Netherlands under-21 international was able to control the ball and finish calmly into the left side of the goal.
Vorm rolls the ball to a defender and the Swans attempt to play the ball out from the back amid heavy pressure from the Latics before Vorm attempts a clearance which is intercepted. Roberto Martinez' side give the ball away in the centre of the pitch but regain it quickly and continue their attack. It is tense for the Wigan fans and Gary Caldwell will be racked with guilt should his team fail to collect three crucial points.
Argentina international Di Santo wriggles past Ben Davies after he loses concentration but the ball rolls out for a goal kick after he is unable to regain control.
Maloney dazzles Rangel on the left edge of the box with a series of stepovers before Espinoza drills in a cross towards the near post which Vorm does well to catch.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup brings on fresh legs in attack in the form of Nathan Dyer.
Maloney's outswinging delivery is headed powerfully at goal by Caldwell after he loses his marker Garry Monk, but Vorm dives to his left to palm the ball over the bar. Maloney takes the second corner but this time his teammates' effort flies wide for a goal kick.
Swansea likewise look more confident and exchange passes in the centre circle before Wigan make an interception and substitute Di Santo advances up the right flank before winning a corner.
Franco Di Santo
Roberto Martinez takes off speedy attacker Callum McManaman for the power, hold-up play and aerial presence of Franco Di Santo. The former Swansea manager has just witnessed the Latics jeopardise their Premier League status with horrendously demoralising error but his side appear to be growing in confidence again and passing the ball across the pitch.
Itay Shechter scores after a Wigan error at the back! Gary Caldwell tries to play out of defence but his pass rolls straight to Pablo Hernandez and after a quick exchange between the Swans' midfielders, the Israel international receives the ball on the edge of the box and shifts the ball onto his left foot. The striker's effort takes a cruel deflection off Emmerson Boyce to fool keeper Joel and flies into the back of the net to put all Wigan's achievements in this match in doubt.
James McArthur misses an excellent chance! The Swans are caught high up the pitch as McArthur wins the ball in the middle of the park and feeds Arouna Kone on the left flank. McArthur then evades his marker with a clever piece of movement towards the near post to reach Kone's inswinging low cross, but the ball bounces awkwardly and the midfielder's ungainly left-footed finish dribbles disappointingly wide of the right post.
James McCarthy retakes the lead! Centre-back Gary Caldwell moves up from defence and the Republic of Ireland international midfielder runs inside the Swans defence from the right channel before the club captain finds him with a well-weighted through pass. McCarthy finishes firmly to the left of the goal under the diving Michel Vorm and the Latics' fans roar with approval.
Angel Rangel connects with a sweetly hit volley from Wayne Routledge's excellent cross to equalise! The Swans have begun the match with a series of quick attacks down the flanks after one such move down the left flank Routledge picked up the ball on the left edge of the box before chipping a neat reverse pass over the Latics' back line. Martinez's former right-back when in charge of Swansea moved past the line with a perfectly timed run and smacked a volley onto the inside of the left post, and the ball rolled across the line to the dismay of the home fans.
Swansea attack quickly down the right flank and win a corner after Ben Davies' shot is saved following a deep cross. The Latics' defence is forced to block another shot following the corner and the home supporters will hope their team is not caught high up the pitch again.
Swansea get the second half underway at the DW Stadium.
Roberto Martinez's side will have gone in at half time on a high after that late goal. Should the scoreline remain at 1-0 Wigan will climb to 16th place above Norwich and Newcastle, who would fall into the relegation zone. However the Latics could be in for a tense finale should they fail to get a second goal against a notably defensive Swansea side lacking their 17-goal top scorer Michu and with nothing but pride to play for having long ago qualified for the Europa League with their victory in the League Cup final. The tempo has often been low at the DW Stadium but the relegation-threatened outfit have been largely in control. Their 4-3-3 formation has relied heavily on defensive midfielder Ben Watson in the middle of the park with both Espinoza and Boyce pushed forward from full-back, and Martinez may wish to make their formation more compact in the second half.
45' + 2'
Ryan Benson at the DW Stadium: "Perfect finish to the first half for Wigan. Roger Espinoza's brilliant strike seperates the two sides at half-time, and it's no less than what the hosts deserve. Swansea began the match well, but Roberto Martinez's side soon took control of proceedings. The atmosphere became noticeably tense as the first half progressed, and that will likely be the case in towards the end of the match should Wigan not get a second."
45' + 1'
Roger Espinoza scores from the edge of the box in the last kick of the half! The versatile left-sided player had been heavily involved in the Latics' last attack but it looked to have broken down after he overhit his pass to McCarthy on the edge of the box. The ball found its way back out to Emmerson Boyce on the right flank and the right-back cushioned the ball to a teammate who crossed with his first touch towards the back post. Vorm punched the ball away but his weak effort fell to the Honduras international on the left corner of the box, and he showed excellent technique to keep down his volley into the bottom left corner of the box, which had too much power for the Swans' defence to block on the line.
Wigan attack down the left flank and win a throw-in as the match approaches half-time.
Yellow CardItay Shechter
Swansea enjoy a rare spell of possession in Wigan's half before Shechter receives the ball on the edge of the box and attempts a shot, which is blocked. Espinoza nicks the rebound off the striker, who concedes a foul when he attempts to win the ball back in frustration and is booked.
Tiendalli and Rangel struggle to play the ball out from the back and Kone forces the ball out for a goal kick.
Maloney's effort flies over the wall before dipping sharply, but his effort is straight at Vorm and the keeper catches it with ease.
Maloney takes on Rangel on the left edge of the box and wins a free kick in a dangerous position, before standing menacingly over the ball.
Leon Britton withstands heavy pressure to find Routledge on the edge of the box, and the Swans attempt a series of through balls before De Guzman's attempt is cut out.
Ryan Benson at the DW Stadium: "Wigan are the only one of these two side who look like scoring so far. Perhaps that has something to do with Itay Shechter playing in attack for the visitors, as the Israeli has not scored a league goal since October 2011. Meanwhile, Paul Scharner's decision to play a simple ball to his right rather than smack it aimlessly up the pitch was met with immensely booing from the home fans. He promptly turned around and put a finger to his lips, gesturing them to shut up. As you can imagine that went down really well, too."
Espinoza receives the ball inside the box but the ball falls to his weaker right foot and he is unable to direct his shot at goal, so Vorm clears with a goal kick.
McManaman combines with Kone on the right flank before winning a corner, but the delivery to Maloney on the edge of the box is diverted back up the pitch. The Latics continue the attack however before winning a throw on the right flank.
The delivery from Swansea's right flank flies harmlessly over Williams' head and Wigan gain possession.
Wigan are forced back into their own half by Swansea's pressing as their fans moan when Espinoza passes back to keeper Joel under heavy pressure again, and shortly afterwards the Honduras international concedes a free kick on the left flank.
The Latics retain possession in their own half before Maloney cleverly drifts in between the lines to receive the ball and accelerate the tempo of their play before the attack breaks down.
Wigan lose possession down the right flank but Ben Watson, playing in a defensive midfield role, wins the ball straight back again an impressive sliding challenge.
Swansea retain possession in their own half for over a minute before Ben Davies looks for Itay Shechter with a long ball down the left channel. The Israel international has been anonymous so far, but equally he has had little support from his teammates.
Espinoza reacts quickly to a loose pass to win possession and exchange passes with McCarthy, but he is unable to find a teammate with his early cross as Kone struggles to reach the delivery.
Maloney, Tiendalli, and right-back Angel Rangel tussle for the ball on the edge of the Swans box but former Swansea manager Roberto Martinez is unsuccessful in his appeal for a free kick.
Kone receives the ball on the right edge of the box after a smart through-ball from James McCarthy, but his powerful shot is saved by Vorm and Williams clears for a throw-in.
McManaman accelerates past Davies after a lovely trick on the right edge of the box, but he hurries his shot and it flies harmlessly over the bar.
Paul Scharner dives to meet the Scotland international's low effort but is unable to direct his header on goal, and Espinoza's cross is in turn cleared.
Wigan win a corner and each of their central defenders advances up the pitch for Maloney's delivery.
Wigan's attack breaks down and Jonathan De Guzman dribbles up the pitch looking to launch a counter attack, but Boyce retrieves the ball with an excellent sliding challenge.
Callum McManaman wins a throw-in on the right flank after looking to take on Ben Davies.
Ashley Williams blasts the ball well over the bar and the Wigan fans cheer. It was a careless decision by the goalkeeper to pick up the ball but it has not been punished.
Routledge threatens to take advantage of hesitation in the Latics defence on the edge of the box and Gary Caldwell cushions the ball back to Joel, who concedes an indirect free kick inside the box after picking up what is deemed a back pass. Wigan are massed on the goal line.
Maloney appeals for a free kick after he is challenge outside the edge of the Swans' box but is unsuccessful.
Wigan retain possession on the edge of the Swansea box before Espinoza crosses towards Kone from deep on the left flank. The Swans' defence deal with it comfortably however.
Ryan Benson at the DW Stadium: "Just over ten minutes gone here in Wigan, and after a Wayne Routledge chance in the first 90 seconds, Swansea have been camped in their own half pretty much ever since. Arouna Kone had a good strike stopped by Michel Vorm, while Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman both look lively."
Swansea build a convincing attack down the right flank after Dwight Tiendalli cushions a long ball on the edge of the box to a teammate before receiving the return pass and flashing the ball across the edge of the six-yard box.
Arouna Kone receives the ball in the middle of Swansea's half but gives the ball away after he is surrounded by his opponents. The Swans have sat back in their own half for much of the first ten minutes.
Maloney receives the ball from Espinoza on the left edge of the box before taking on a shot which curls around the right post.
The referee awards a foul against Shaun Maloney after he attempts to tackle Vorm as he casually controls a pass from a defender rather than looking to pick the ball up. The crowd roars in approval at Maloney's initiative.
Yellow CardJonathan De Guzmán
McManaman tries to create space for a shot inside the Swansea box but is unsuccessful, and his lay-off to a teammate is intercepted. The Latics are pressing high up the pitch and soon win the ball back, before Arouna Kone's shot from outside the left edge of the box is caught by keeper Michel Vorm.
Callum McManaman in contrast dazzles the Swans' defence with a series of stepovers on the right edge of the box, but his next touch is heavy and he puts the ball out for a Swansea goal kick.
Emmerson Boyce drifts in from the right flank to receive the ball but displays considerable nervousness early on in giving the ball away with another slack pass back to his teammate. James McArthur promptly wins the ball back however and the Latics go back on the front foot.
Wigan pass the ball across midfield and win a throw-in on the right flank, after which they resume their spell of possession.
Swansea's corner from the right flank is dealt with comfortable and Wigan clear with a goal kick.
Espinoza almost gets off to a nightmare start and gives the ball to Wayne Routledge with a slack back pass to Paul Scharner, but fortunately for him the winger's shot is saved by keeper Joel.
Wigan kick off to get the game underway at the DW Stadium. Roger Espinoza starts on the left flank replacing Jean Beausejour and supporting Shaun Maloney. The Honduras international has a crucial task. Maloney and Beausejour are the Latics' leading assist providers having set up nine goals each this season.
Visiting manager Michael Laudrup also makes three changes to his team after they drew 0-0 at home to Manchester City. At the back, club captain Gary Monk earns a rare Premier League start, just his tenth of the season, while Dwight Tiendalli is added tthe midfield as Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer miss out, while Ki Sung-Yeung is injured. Further forward, Michu is out with a hamstring injury and Itay Shechter takes his place as the central striker.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has made three changes to the side which beat West Brom on Saturday. Right-side Ronnie Stam drops to the bench as Gary Caldwell returns as captain. The Latics are without Jean Beausejour on the left flank after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury, as is left-sided Maynor Figueroa (groin), while Jordi Gomez is named as a substitute as James McArthur comes back into the midfield and Roger Espinoza makes his fourth Premier League start since joining from Sporting Kansas City in January."
Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies; Britton, Tiendalli, De Guzman; Hernandez, Shechter, Routledge. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Taylor, Dyer, Moore, Agustein, Donnelly
Wigan Athletic: Robles; Boyce, Scharner, Caldwell; Maloney, Watson, McCarthy, McArthur, Espinoza; Kone, McManaman. Subs: Al Habsi, Jones, Di Santo, Henriquez, Gomez, Stam, Golobart
Ryan Benson at the DW Stadium: "Good evening from a positively scorching DW Stadium. OK, not scorching, but it is certainly very pleasant as Swansea visit tonight. All the build-up for this match has been focused on Wigan's bid to avoid relegation yet again, with Swansea having very little to play for, other than pride. Michael Laudrup's side come to the DW in pretty dreadful form after not winning any of their last seven league matches, with their last three victory coming against Newcastle on March 2, over two months ago. With three matches to play, Wigan find themselves occupying the final relegation place, but a win would bring them level on points with Alan Pardew's team, Norwich City and Sunderland."
A win tonight would take Wigan out of the relegation zone with two matches remaining, but without taking three crucial points from tonight's encounter it will remain a very difficult task for Roberto Martinez to keep the Latics in the Premier League. Their two remaining league matches take place the week after a demanding FA Cup final against Manchester City against an Arsenal side seeking Champions League qualification, and an Aston Villa side whose Premier League safety may not be assured.
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Wigan's penultimate home game of the season against Swansea. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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