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November 29, 2013 1:35 AM IST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ R. Buquet‎
Attendance:‬ 15503‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 1-2 Zulte-Waregem

A Lee Nicholls error saw Leon Barnett's opening goal cancelled out before Bernard Malanda scored the winner with a beautiful finish to stun Owen Coyle's side in the Europa League

By Jamie Dunn

  • Lee Nicholls
    0
    1
    1.50

    Lee Nicholls Flop of the Match

    Allowed a Hazard shot to slip out of his grasp for a disastrous ending to the first half, allowing Zulte-Waregem to level. Remained composed but could do nothing about Malanda's excellent late goal.

  • Stephen Crainey
    1
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Crainey

    Offered plenty of energy and endeavour for Wigan from left-back, looking to get forward and provide crosses.

  • Thomas Rogne
    1
    0
    3.00

    Thomas Rogne

    Had the chance to put his side ahead inside the first minute but could not generate enough power to beat Bossut and headed wide after a good run at the end of the opening half.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    1
    0
    3.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    Afforded little chance to get forward and had to stay in a defensive position to nullify the likes of Conte and Hazard. Ventured into the opposition box on the overlap once in the second half but saw his cross blocked.

  • Leon Barnett
    1
    0
    3.50

    Leon Barnett

    Showed control and composure to slot the ball beyond Bossut for a well-taken opening goal. Marauded forward regularly despite playing in defence.

  • Chris McCann
    0
    1
    2.50

    Chris McCann

    Sat deep in the first half but moved further forward following the introduction of Fortune during the second period.

  • James McClean
    1
    0
    3.50

    James McClean Top of the Match

    Squandered a counterattack by opting to shoot when the better option might have been to pass and saw his effort tipped wide. Was a constant threat on the left wing, had the beating of De Fauw but was booked for kicking the ball away.

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jordi Gómez

    His early free kick should have brought the opening goal but went unconverted by a team-mate, before an excellent corner was headed wide by Rogne. Plenty of quality in his delivery but played a gear lower than those around him and was replaced by Fortune after an hour.

  • James McArthur
    1
    0
    3.00

    James McArthur

    More subdued than the likes of McClean, McManaman and Powell but nearly made the telling contribution, only to fire wide having beaten his man. Replaced in stoppage time by Holt.

  • Nick Powell
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nick Powell

    Launched the counter with a clever pass which should have been returned to him by McClean. Picked up a cheap yellow card for dissent against the assistant referee in the first half. Saw a powerful effort kept out by Bossut.

  • Callum McManaman
    1
    0
    3.50

    Callum McManaman

    Saw his pass into the box converted by Barnett after beating his man with some neat footwork and was denied a goal minutes later by Bossut. Lively, though his influence diminished slightly in the second half and was eventually replaced by Espinoza.

Substitutions

  • R. Espinoza
    0
    0

    R. Espinoza

    A late replacement for McManaman.

  • Grant Holt
    1
    0

    Grant Holt

    Came on late for McArthur.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Came on for Gomez with less than 30 minutes to play but could not carve out a shot on goal.

  • Sammy Bossut
    1
    0
    3.50

    Sammy Bossut

    Well beaten early on by Barnett, but recovered to deny McManaman with an excellent save from close range and forced a McClean shot wide, before keeping out Powell in the second half.

  • Davy de Fauw
    0
    1
    2.00

    Davy de Fauw

    Caught on the hop at times by the physicality and pace of McClean along with the additional threat of Crainey from deep.

  • Steve Colpaert
    0
    1
    2.00

    Steve Colpaert

    Made a mess of an attempted clearance and was lucky to go unpunished as Bossut saved from Powell.

  • Frédéric Duplus
    1
    0
    3.50

    Frédéric Duplus

    Nearly turned into his own net from a Barnett header, only for his side to score on the break moments later. Entered into an entertaining battle with McManaman and enjoyed his fair share of success after shakey start.

  • Karel D'Haene
    1
    0
    3.00

    Karel D'Haene

    A decent perofrmance from the defender who made no glaring errors in a fast-paced and open game.

  • Sven Kums
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sven Kums

    Beaten all ends up by McManaman as the forward crossed for Wigan to open the scoring but showed some class in midfield during the second half as the Belgians grew into the game. Replaced late on by Caceres.

  • Thorgan Hazard
    3
    0
    3.50

    Thorgan Hazard

    A powerful shot from Chelsea star Eden's younger brother saw Nicholls bundle into his own net as the visitors levelled.

  • Olafur Ingi Skulason
    0
    1
    2.50

    Olafur Ingi Skulason

    Embarrassed by McArthur who dummied him into a tackle before shooting just wide. Tired as the game drew on and came off for N'Diaye.

  • Ibrahima Conte
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ibrahima Conte

    One of the Belgian side's more creative players. Offered an outlet on the right hand side as the visitors threatened several times on the counter, but was replaced by Sylla.

  • Bernard Malanda Adje
    1
    0
    3.50

    Bernard Malanda Adje

    Booked in the second half for hacking down McClean from behind, but scored the winner with a wonderful curling effort.

  • Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mouhamadou Habib Habibou

    Had the visitors' first shot at goal but scuffed it wide. Launched plenty of the visitors' counter-attacks.

Substitutions

  • Idrissa Sylla
    1
    0
    3.00

    Idrissa Sylla

    Came on in place of Conte for the final 17 minutes of the game and caught Powell in the groin with an aerial challenge, leading with his knee. Provided the assist for Malanda's winning goal with good hold-up play.

  • Mamoutou N'Diaye
    0
    0

    Mamoutou N'Diaye

    Brought on for Skulason late on.

  • Raphael Caceres
    0
    0

    Raphael Caceres

    A stoppage time introduction for Kums.

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