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May 8, 2013 12:15 AM IST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 18550‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 2-3 Swansea

Despite dominating the first half, Roberto Martinez's side could not replicate their performance after half-time and they remain in the bottom three with two matches left to play

By Ryan Benson at DW Stadium

  • Joel
    2
    0
    3.00

    Joel

    No doubt the Spaniard would have hoped for his backline to remain secure early on, but he was forced to save from Routledge two minutes in after an Espinoza error. The Spaniard made a mistake of his own soon enough as he picked up a back pass, but generally he did well between the posts, and he could do little to prevent any of the goals.

  • Gary Caldwell
    0
    2
    1.50

    Gary Caldwell

    The Wigan captain returned to the team and had mixed evening. In the first half he looked comfortable, but in the second he found things more difficult as Swansea posed a threat going forward. He did, however, produce a wonderful defence-splitting pass to set McCarthy up in the second half.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    1
    0
    1.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Usually up and down the flank for the full match, Boyce's role seemed significantly more disciplined on Tuesday, perhaps in keeping with Wigan's treacherous position in the table. Early on he produced a couple of clumsy passes and that was a sign of things to come as he rarely looked at ease.

  • James McCarthy
    1
    0
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Reportedly a potential target for a number of the Premier League's more illustrious clubs, and it is understandable. Although not particularly flashy, the Irish midfielder kept the ball moving and his passing was accurate as the majority of Wigan's attacks went through him. Fittingly he scored Wigan's second with a good finish, but ultimately that goal proved meaningless.

  • Ben Watson
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ben Watson

    Deployed as the destroyer in midfield, Watson's work rate was notable as he marched all over the pitch, hassling opponents whenever he could. Sometimes his reliance on brute force meant he completely missed the ball, but he never let Swansea's men settle in possession.

  • James McArthur
    0
    3
    1.50

    James McArthur Flop of the Match

    The least impressive of Wigan's midfield if truth be told. His long-range passing was fairly poor and he did not offer much in the final third, but he did his job to a satisfactory standard as he pressurised the visitors' midfield and passed to the more creative influences, but made a crucial error for Swansea's third goal as he missed a header.

  • R. Espinoza
    3
    0
    2.50

    R. Espinoza

    Making only his fourth Premier League start for Wigan, Espinoza got off to a nervous start as he gifted Routledge a chance on goal. Joel bailed him out on that occassion, but he frustrated in attack due to his erratic crossing. However, he opened the scoring with an excellent volley just before half-time.

  • Paul Scharner
    1
    0
    1.50

    Paul Scharner

    Scharner had a straightforward first half, but in the second half he, like the rest of Wigan's defence, was all over the place. His choice to play a simple pass rather than get the ball forward in the first half was met by jeers from the home fans, to which Scharner responded by putting a finger to his lips. They were not impressed by that, either.

  • Arouna Kone
    2
    1
    3.00

    Arouna Kone

    The Ivorian saw plenty of the ball and he proved a useful target as he held the ball up brilliantly. His shooting was accurate, but he struggled to get into great positions in the area, while Vorm kept him out on numerous occasions.

  • Shaun Maloney
    1
    1
    3.50

    Shaun Maloney

    Skillful and creative, Wigan players passed the ball to Maloney whenever they could. When he roamed inside his abililty to turn at pace was used to devastating effect and Swansea had no answers for his trickery. He was much quieter after the break, however.

  • Callum McManaman
    0
    1
    3.00

    Callum McManaman

    Since the turn of the year, McManaman has been impressive for Wigan and he certainly had his moments against Swansea, too. He showed off a plethora of tricks against Ben Davies, giving the left-back a real battle. His influence dried up a little as the match went on and he was replaced by Di Santo on the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Ronnie Stam
    2
    1
    2.00

    Ronnie Stam

    With Wigan's defence capitulating, Martinez brought Stam on to balance their backline. However, he did not last long as an injury forced him off, thus leaving the hosts with 10 men.

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jordi Gómez

    Martinez threw men on in a desperate bid to rescue a point, but Gomez had little impact, with his most notable action being a foul on Davies.

  • Franco Di Santo
    1
    0
    1.50

    Franco Di Santo

    The Argentine added an extra body to the Wigan attack, but his attempts to create were not fruitful as he either crossed into the first man or failed to pick out a telling pass.

  • Michel Vorm
    2
    0
    2.00

    Michel Vorm

    The Netherlands international looked shaky all evening. He was lucky not to concede an indirect free kick before making several nervous saves and punching straight to Espinoza for the opening goal. He clashed with team-mate Ben Davies late on and had to be taken off on a stretcher, with what looked to be a serious injury.

  • Ashley Williams
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Williams

    Chased Kone around for the whole match, and he did not have much success in that respect. He kept the former Sevilla man from dribbling into the danger area, but he struggled to tackle him or prevent him from offloading to team-mates. He also hammered an indirect free kick over from eight yards out.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    4
    0
    3.50

    Dwight Tiendalli Top of the Match

    Never shyed out of making a tackle, and he produced several strong challenges that were generally well-timed. Moved out wide to counter Maloney in the second half, and he did so to great effect, while he scored Swansea's third after capitalising on some truly disastrous Wigan defending.

  • Ángel Rangel
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Did not have a particularly tough evening against Espinoza, but he allowed the Honduran to cross on way too many occasions. The Wigan man rarely tried to beat Rangel, but he was given too much space. Scoring Swansea's first equaliser with a well-finished volley made up for that, though.

  • Ben Davies
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    The first 20 minutes of the match would have felt like an awful lot longer for the left-back as McManaman tried every piece of skill he knew against him. After that early worry, however, Davies stood up well to the challenge, nullifying the forward's threat.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    0
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Struggled to create space and he was not given an awful lot of time on the ball by Kone, but he remained calm in all cases. Asserted himself more after half-time as Swansea became more inclined to attack, but he spent most of the match sitting deep.

  • Pablo Hernández
    1
    0
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    The Spaniard was virtually anonymous in the first half as Wigan did all the attacking. In the second period he was a little more lively, but he was still quieter than he would have liked even though Swansea were clearly more willing to attack.

  • Wayne Routledge
    1
    0
    3.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Like most of his team-mates, Routledge was relatively muted in the first period. He had one early chance which Joel saved before proving more influential after half-time. Caused plenty of problems when he cut in from the left and played a role in Tiendalli's goal.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    4
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Along with Britton, the man on loan from Villarreal allowed Wigan to control possession too much in the first half, but he was vastly improved after the break as he tackled well and broke forward from midfield with gusto.

  • Itay Shechter
    2
    0
    2.50

    Itay Shechter

    Before Tuesday, the Israeli striker had gone 29 matches without scoring, a run which dated back to October 2011. However, after good movement he tied the Wigan defence in a knot and found the net via a Boyce deflection. Aside from the goal he was quiet and was eventually replaced by Dyer.

Substitutions

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    1
    0

    Gerhard Tremmel

    As a result of Vorm's bad injury, Tremmel came on for the final 15 minutes and he prevented the hosts from equalising.

  • Nathan Dyer
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    The livewire was the cause of many uncomfortable moments for Wigan as he twisted and turned his way past defenders. His chipped pass into the six-yard box was crucial for Tiendalli's goal.

  • Kemy Agustien
    2
    0

    Kemy Agustien

    Michael Laudrup evidently looked to at least consolidate a point as he brought Agustien on, and he did little else apart from boot the ball clear whenever he could.

Results
 
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15 2
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15 0