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20 October 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 19696
Pablo Hernández 65'
E. Boyce 69'
Full Time at the Liberty Stadium as Michael Laudrup records a vital first win in five games ahead of a very difficult run of fixtures. The Swans controlled the game but were unable to find a way through until the game exploded into life shortly after the hour mark as a lovely exchange was finished expertly by Pablo Hernandez with a smart turn and shot inside the box. Michu headed in from a corner before Emmerson Boyce flicked in a James McCarthy shot amid a chaotic few minutes that was capped off when Arouna Kone was disallowed a heading a left wing cross from the impressive Jean Beausejour. Wigan had finally begun to commit players forward and posed a threat throughout the last half hour and had a string of chances through Franco Di Santo, but Michu battled through tiredness to pose a threat on the counter in conjunction with pacey wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge and striker Danny Graham who had been left on the bench. The game became frantic but the Swans managed to hold on for the win, which will go some way towards calming the tension caused by a run of five games without a win that had forced the denial of a rift in the Welsh team's camp before the game. Wigan's Roberto Martinez will take solace from his side's spirit to spark into life from two goals down but needs to up his game as his side's winless run of five matches was reflected in his team's passive first half display.
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Jordi Gómez
90' + 4'
Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi advances upfield for his side's last chance and heads on target towards the bottom corner in what could have been a shocking ending, but Vorm dives to his left and makes the save before launching the ball upfield in the last act of the game.
90' + 3'
Nathan Dyer again gets the opportunity to break out from Wigan's siege and after he battles his way past two challenges he finds Danny Graham who is through on goal but sees his effort saved.
90' + 1'
Wigan have their whole team forward and Michu battles through tiredness to intercept the ball and sprint upfield towards goal, but Ivan Ramis slides across to stop the attack.
Yellow Card Shaun Maloney
As Wigan are camped in the Swans' half Dyer is able to break down the right flank and forces Maloney to make a tactical foul.
Maloney's effort curves around and over the wall but is comfortably saved by Vorm who launches a counter attack. Danny Graham gets on the end of a pass towards the left edge of the box and is denied a corner after he looked to beat his marker on the left edge of the box.
Wigan put the Swans under siege and Michu fouls McCarthy on the edge of the box to give Maloney a chance from a freekick.
Yellow Card Ki Sung-Yueng
Michu has the chance to seal the game on the break as he intercepts a loose pass towards Ben Watson before sprinting frantically towards the goal under heavy pressure from the fresher substitute. His pace takes him to the edge of the box but he cannot get his shot on target as it flies over the bar.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Franco Di Santo
Each side bring on fresh legs and the game could now get very stretched. Striker Danny Graham comes on in place of De Guzman and will pose a major threat on the counter, while Wigan also bring on fresh legs up front in Mauro Boselli and ex-Swansea playmaker Jordi Gomez.
Maloney combines with McCarthy forcing Swansea to scramble to clear a loose ball on the edge of the box. Ben Watson makes the challenge and the ball breaks to Di Santo, who opts for placement but his shot towards the bottom left corner is saved by Vorm.
Swansea are sitting noticeably deeper and their main threat now is coming on the counter-attack through the pace of Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge.
Wigan exchange passes on the edge of the box and Di Santo holds the ball up before looking for Boyce overlapping on the right but Ben Davies is able to intercept.
Wigan are getting far more players forward and substitute Ben Watson has moved into midfield in place of defender Maynor Figueroa. Di Santo has become more influential and he receives the ball in the right edge of the box before rolling a low shot wide of the left post.
Yellow Card Ángel Rangel
Just as Wigan began to threaten heavily down the left flank in particular, Swansea break quickly finding Ki just beyond the centre circle. He finds Michu outside the right edge of the box and the Spaniard neatly turns and finds substitute Nathan Dyer overlapping down the right flank. Dyer opts for power and smashes a shot towards goal forcing a save from Al-Habsi.
Yellow Card Jean Beausejour
Incredible! Arouna Kone appears to have headed his side level but is disallowed for offside. Beausejour put in yet another perfect delivery from the left flank and the Ivorian appeared to be level as he expertly adjusted his body before directing his header across goal into the top right corner.
Assist James McCarthy
Goal Emmerson Boyce
It's getting chaotic now. Arouna Kone heads back a looping Beausejour cross from the left by-line towards James McCarthy, who attempts to volley towards goal but scuffs the shot and as it bounces towards goal Emmerson Boyce re-directs it with a back heel into the top left corner.
Assist Jonathan De Guzmán
Goal Michu! De Guzman drives an in-swinging corner towards the near post and Michu rises powerfully to take advantage of poor marking to head his side 2-0 in front.
Assist Jonathan De Guzmán
Goal Pablo Hernández
Goal for Pablo Hernandez! It's a beautiful goal for the Swans which began after good work from Routledge to flick Ben Davies' hopeful pass past Ramis before out-pacing the defender on the left flank and looking back to find De Guzman. De Guzman finds Pablo Hernandez who swivels precisely in the middle of the box before arrowing a shot into the bottom right corner.
Swansea are knocking on the door. Ki gets down the left edge of the box to receive the ball from Routledge and shoots across goal forcing a save from Al-Habsi, and Caldwell turns the ball behind for another corner which the Swans are unable to take advantage of.
Chico lofts a ball from defence towards Pablo Hernandez on the left flank, and his cross on the run is blocked by Gary Caldwell for a corner, which the Wigan defence clear.
Chico is under pressure in the centre circle but is able to find Ki who drives towards goal before shooting low towards the bottom left corner for Al-Habsi to save.
Wigan break through Maloney and Britton commits a tactical foul to stop him but evades a yellow card. James McCarthy plays a cute one-two with Beausejour from the freekick on the left flank before aiming for Maloney who is unmarked on the left edge of the box. The Scotsman again shoots straight at Vorm who saves.
Beausejour launches a near-perfect first time cross with his left-foot after Di Santo cushions the ball into his path on the left flank, and the Ivorian stretches after he does not manage to trap the ball but the chance evades him.
Figueroa plays it safe and simply puts the ball out for a throw-in on his left hand side of defence.
De Guzman drills the ball at the near post before the Latics through Kone, who does superbly to drive the ball forward half the length of the pitch before retaining the ball under heavy pressure from the Swans' defence.
The referree blows the whistle after seeing pushing from Ki and Beausejour. Tense
So far the whole half has been played in Wigan's half, with Laudrup's side still dominating possession but now doing around the edge of the Latics' box. Wayne Routledge wins a freekick on the left edge of the box after a foul from Ivan Ramis.
Figueroa caused some nerves in the away side as he slips in his own box attempting to control the ball, and although the error is not costly the Swans continue to apply pressure to their opponents' defence.
Leon Britton, who has been integral to Swansea's possession-based game since their promotion, just came close to his first ever Premier League goal after turning smartly on the edge of the box before firing a shot that arrowed towards the top left corner before flying just over the bar.
Wayne Routledge cuts inside from the right flank before looking for Michu with a through ball with the outside of the right foot before it is cut out by Figueroa, but Swansea impressively retain possession.
And the second half gets underway at the Liberty Stadium!
Halftime is called at the Liberty Stadium. Both sides have enjoyed spells of possession but neither have committed large numbers forward or made runs in behind their opponents' defences. Swansea have had more of the game in both possession and chances, with Michu having a few sights of goal playing further forward than he normally does as the lone striker. Wigan played mainly on the break but had the best individual chance of the game through Shaun Maloney. We can expect to see Danny Graham come on in the second half as the striker is likely to come on at some point in search of a first win in five matches before a difficult run of fixtures.
Swansea exchange passes around the edge of the box but as Michu receive the ball from Ki on the right edge of the box, Maloney wins the ball with a determined challenge.
Michu is played down the left channel and he waits an age for support to arrive in the box before curving a dangerous cross which evades his man at the near post but finds Pablo Hernandez arriving at the far post, and his ambitious volley is deflected out for a corner, which is dealt with by the away defence.
Ivan Ramis dribbles the ball out of defence as his side break following a Swansea attack, but his pass to Franco Di Santo on the right flank is cut out by Ashley Williams.
De Guzman aims a freekick from the right flank towards the head of Michu but it is headed away for the home side to resume their attack with a throw in.
Shaun Maloney slides a sumptuous through ball into the path of Jean Beausejour who advances down the left flank before shooting powerfully with his weaker foot towards the goal. The shot was from a difficult angle but found the roof of the net and the home side will be relieved the movement was not rewarded.
Beausejour aims cross towards Franco Di Santo but the Argentine's looping header drops into the arms of Vorm.
Wigan look for Kone early in the course of an attack but the Swans defence are alert to get tight to the Ivorian and clear the ball from danger.
Ki takes a free kick from the left flank aiming towards Chico but the ball goes out for a corner off wing back Jean Beausejour, and the Latics competently clear the corner going on to retain possession in the aftermath.
Ben Davies gives the ball away with a loose ball towards the centre circle but the away side are unable to take advantage.
Swansea turn up the heat at the Liberty Stadium as they retain the ball on the edge of the Wigan box. Angel Rangel gets forwards from right back to flash a low cross across the box but none of his teammates are able to connect. Wigan look to counter but Swansea soon win the ball back and move the ball back into their opponents' half.
Michu heads over the bar after rising above Gary Caldwell to meet a right wing cross after good work from Routledge to beat Maynor Figueroa and make space for the cross.
Swansea enjoy another spell in charge of the ball with Ki Sung-Yeung orchestrating proceedings.
De Guzman takes a corner from the right flank and aims for Chico who rises high in the centre of the box but is unable to meet the delivery.
De Guzman picks up the ball in between the lines and tries to put Michu through down the left side of the defence, but Gary Caldwell reads the move and blocks off the run.
James McArthur is down following a high-impact challenge on Swans' left back Ben Davies but continues after treatment.
Pablo Hernandez is released down the left flank on the counter but he opts to look backwards as his side retain possession.
De Guzman receives the ball on the edge of the box and aims a curling effort towards the bottom right corner but it misses the target.
Both sides have shown the intent to play a passing game which has made it an enjoyable game to watch so far, but neither have offered much penetration in attack.
Michu has his side's first chance of the game when his flick-on directed towards winger Wayne Routledge on the left flank is poorly dealt with by Ivan Ramis and the Englishman knocks the ball over the defender towards Michu, who hits an awkward shot first time at the top right corner but launches his effort over the bar.
Kone wins a freekick from De Guzman but it is taken quickly and soon goes out of play for Swans right back Angel Rangel to take a throw-in.
De Guzman is fractionally late on Maloney and Wigan have a free-kick in midfield. Pablo Hernandez steals it and Swansea break. Michu finds De Guzman but his effort on the turn is tame.
Wigan have seen more of the ball in the last few minutes and have looked to move the ball from side to side and stretch the game in their attempts to open up gaps in the home defence.
Wigan enjoy their first sustained spell in possession of the ball and it ends with a big chance. James McArthur is played into the left touch line and his deep cross finds Emmerson Boyce. The right wing back finds Kone who turns and looks for Shaun Maloney, finding him via a deflection before the Scottish international, who turns and shoots but his shot is straight at Vorm who makes the save.
De Guzman shapes up to take a freekick from the centre of the pitch. He goes for goal from a long way out but his curling effort is caught by Ali Al-Habsi.
De Guzman takes a corner but it does not make it past the first man.
Swansea win a freekick after Jonathan de Guzman plays a short ball into Michu who is fouled by Wigan centre back Gary Caldwell. The kick is played short and Vorm again stops the ball before aiming for Michu up front.
Arouna Kone takes a speculative shot from outside the box but Swansea keeper Michel Vorm gathers confidently before aiming a long kick to Michu.
Swansea enjoy a spell of possession and look to build through midfield in the opening first few minutes of the game.
The referee gets the game underway at the Liberty Stadium!
Roberto Martinez saw all but Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce, and Franco Di Santo make appearances for for their respective countries over the international break, but will hope his players have recovered for the match and names an unchanged line-up from his last match against Everton.
The Dane makes major changes to the Swans line-up in leaving Danny Graham on the bench, as he moves Michu further forward to start as a lone centre forward, with wingers Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge either side. Midfielders Ki Sung-Yeung, Jonathan de Guzman, and Leon Britton all start.
Neither side has managed to record a win in the last five matches, but Swansea have the added problem of being forced to issue strongly worded denials of reports that some players are dissatisfied with Michael Laudrups methods.
Wigan: Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Maloney, Kone, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Ki, Britton; Routledge, de Guzman, Hernandez; Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Graham, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play as Swansea take on Wigan at the Liberty Stadium. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events and you can make your voice heard on Twitter @GoalUK
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