Ali Al Habsi
The goalkeeper had a busy afternoon as both sides laid siege on their opponents goal, and the Omani international performed admirably but had no chance with the own goal and Ngog’s strike right on half time. He made a fantastic save from Davies' spot kick in the 74th minute to give his side hope.
The Wigan captain battled hard with his opposite number Kevin Davies in a real old fashioned tussle and he was his sides best defender, a performance that was only blemished by the unfortunate own goal in the opening minutes. It could have been worse for the skipper after his push on Boyata but Al Habsi saved well from Davies.
The defender lined-up at left back and he struggled as Eagles caused him all kind of trouble. The Ivorian looked vulnerable and it was his costly mistake that allowed Davies to find Ngog and for Bolton to retake the lead. He was replaced by Maynor Figueroa at half time.
The Paraguayan returned to the Wigan starting line-up alongside Caldwell at central defense and dealt with the lively Ngog well. He looked calm on the ball and worked well with Caldwell.
The full back kept close to Martin Petrov throughout the match and did his best to limit the amount of space the Bulgarian had to send dangerous crosses towards Kevin Davies. Going forward Boyce worked hard to support Victor Moses and give Paul Robinson problems, but the majority of his day was spent close to Petrov.
The controller in the middle of the pitch for Wigan, he always remained calm in possession and made sure his side kept possession and continued to threaten the Bolton goal. He made an excellent run that led to the Wigan equalizer, showing excellent strength to hold off the challenge of Pratley. He was replaced at halftime by Hugo Rodallega.
The Irish midfielder played in a much more advanced position than usual in support of Di Santo and you could tell it wasn’t his natural position as he was unable to inject pace into attacks. When he had time on the ball he looked dangerous but he found it hard against the impressive Boyata.
The lively winger was Wigan’s danger man but they may have relied on him a little too much. He tried hard to take on Robinson but lack of support often saw him running down a dead end.
A strong performance in the center of midfield, and he capped it off with a wonderful strike. He received the ball from Watson on the edge of the area and curled a 25 yard shot past Jaaskelainen into the top corner.
In his first competitive start for Wigan the former Wolves midfielder had a good game, his cultured left foot enabling him to link possession nicely and create good openings for Di Santo and Moses.
F. Di Santo
Playing as a lone striker is not easy but it is something Di Santo is growing into and he performed well despite close attention from Cahill throughout the game. He was ably supported by Moses and McCarthy.
The Finn returned in goal for Bolton and gave his defense much more confidence compared to the performance against Chelsea. He will feel he could have done better with Diame’s goal.
The on-loan Manchester City defender slotted in very well at full back and performed well but he was given a tough time by the lively Moses.
The defender worked well alongside Cahill and kept Di Santo fairly quiet, and limited his chances. He was strong in the air, powerful in the tackle and he ensured he kept his passing short and simple so that his side kept possession.
The experienced full back kept Moses quiet and didn’t give the winger much opportunity to run at him and create openings for Wigan.
The England international worked hard to keep the powerful Di Santo quiet and the two had a long running battle which was fairly even.
The left winger had a good game, he kept Boyce going backwards and looked to create chances to cross whenever he could. He delivered one wonderful cross to Kevin Davies in the first half but the striker was unable to take advantage.
Bolton’s midfielder worked very hard alongside Pratley in the center of the pitch and he showed fantastic running to challenge Caldwell and force the defender to put the ball into his own goal in the opening minutes. He battled well with Watson and Jones and always made himself available for a pass from his defenders.
The winger had an excellent first half in which he created the opening goal with a dangerous low cross and constantly tormented Gohouri, so much so that the defender was replaced at half time. He had opportunities in front of goal as well but his efforts were well blocked. He added the third to seal the points in the closing minutes.
The former Swansea man had an impressive game in midfield, he showed excellent vision when on the ball and provided excellent support to Davies and Ngog which caused Wigan all kinds of problems.
The Bolton captain worked hard and should have got his name on the scoresheet in the first half from a Petrov cross. He battled against Caldwell and Alcaraz and gave neither defender any chance to settle on the ball, he also showed great spirit to rob Gohouri in the final minute of the first half and set up Ngog’s goal. Should have done better from the penalty spot but he hit his kick straight at Al Habsi who saved well.
- 12 M. Pollitt
Replaced Gohouri at halftime and brought much more security to the Wigan back line. He was able to control Eagles better and offered more for his side going forward supporting Rodallega.
Replaced McCarthy in the 75th minute
- 7 Crusat
- 16 J. McArthur
- 18 C. Sammon
Replaced Watson at half time to make his 100th Wigan appearance and he immediately injected some pace into his side’s attacking moves. In his luminous boots he was a real handful for the Bolton defense but he was unable to get a clear sight of goal to get his side back into the game.