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January 19, 2013
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 19219
D. Vaughan 4' (own goal)
Á. Henríquez 79'
C. Gardner 17'
S. Fletcher 20', 42'
Simon Mignolet's stupendous save in the second half from a great Shaun Maloney shot has proven to be invaluable for Sunderland. Had the away side conceded at that stage, it may well have been a different outcome.
That's the first time in four years that Sunderland have came from behind to win a game in the Premier League, and what a massive three points that could be. A great first half display from the Black Cats coupled with a desperate backs to the wall second period for them, but they'll be happy with the three points.
90' + 5'
Sunderland finally see out the game, with Anthony Taylor's full time whistle greeted with a relieved Martin O' Neill in the away technical area. Wigan have given it everything, but are made to pay for some slack first half defending.
90' + 2'
Ahmed El Mohamady
Martin O' Neill takes off David Vaughan to take some pressure off his tiring Sunderland side. On comes El Mohamady for the last two minutes.
90' + 2'
Shaun Maloney bamboozles the Sunderland defence, but just when he wanted someone to finish off his good work, he sets up Jordi Gomez who fires over tamely.
It's backs to the wall here for Sunderland. Wigan are throwing everything at them. Will they get one more clear cut chance? Well they have fully five minutes to do so.
Last few minutes here. Can Sunderland hang on here after a Wigan second half onslaught? Sunderland defending is shocking at times.
Wigan players queuing up here from a Roger Espinoza cross after great play from Shaun Maloney, but Mauro Boselli can't get enough purchase on his header to trouble the Sunderland goal
Phil Bardsley replaces Stephane Sessegnon, in what looks to be a tactical swtich from Martin O'Neill to see put this game.
Yellow Card Ángelo Henríquez
Henriquez goes into the book after going in a little bit too eagerly on Seamus Colback. Chance for Sunderland to draw breath here.
Wigan are going all out for the draw now, and Figueroa nearly finds it with a 30 yard drive that has Simon Mignolet scurrying, but it curls away from the goal to safety. Big last ten minutes here.
Assist Shaun Maloney
Goal Ángelo Henríquez
What a massive goal for Wigan. Angelo Henriquez has only been on for a few minutes, and when Shaun Maloney dinks a ball to the far post, the 18-year-old makes no mistake with a close range header.
Franco Di Santo
Mauro Boselli comes on for Wigan in place of Franco Di Santo. It's all or nothing from Roberto Martinez.
Jordi Gomez manages to get his free kick over the wall, but it's also clear of Simon Mignolet's crossbar. Wigan are threatening.
Adam Johnson makes way for James McClean. Wigan have a dangerous free kick coming up after N'Diaye clips James McCarthur.
SO CLOSE! Shaun Maloney has a great chance from a free kick, but is denied by the post this time. Wigan are running out of time here if they are to gain something from this game.
Yellow Card Titus Bramble
Substitution for Wigan, as Boyce makes way for Angelo Henriquez, who makes his Premier League debut after joining the Latics on loan from Manchester United
Fletcher has been brilliant at the other end though, and he sets Sessegnon away for Sunderland one on one with Al-Habsi, but he dithers and Wigan defenders manage to clear it
Yellow Card Jack Colback
Wigan have had 87% possession in the last five minutes, surely Sunderland can't sit back on this 3-1 lead like this for the remainder of this match!
David Vaughan is guilty of giving the ball away cheaply for Sunderland, and is almost made to pay. Shaun Maloney cuts inside from the right wing, but fires his shot wide of the target.
Yellow Card Jean Beausejour
Franco Di Santo is furious that he doesn't earn a penalty after the ball hits Seb Larsson's hand, but it would have been very very harsh if referee Anthony Taylor had given that. Never a spot kick.
Sunderland are standing up to this Wigan pressure, but you get the feeling a Wigan goal is imminent if this pattern continues. Sunderland have everyone behind the ball
The home side are stringing a few passes together, but without really threatening the Sunderland goal at this stage. They need someone to produce a bit of magic here.
A little scrappy from both sides in the last few minutes. The next goal in this is crucial if Wigan can find it we have a game on our hands. How much will that Mignolet save mean come the end of this game, and indeed at the end of the season?
James McCarthur gets the wrong side of David Vaughan and goes down, but it's certainly not a penalty and play is waved on.
Wigan need to push for that second goal, but they have to ensure they don't concede a fourth or it's curtains, with Steven Fletcher giving them a reminder of his threat with a half chance.
So nearly a textbook counter attack goal from Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson finds some space on the edge of the area, and fires just past the far post. That had Al-Habsi worried.
Wigan have started better in this second half, and have had most of the early possession, and Shaun Maloney forces Simon Mignolet into a world class save for Sunderland.
James McCarthur has a chance from the edge of the area for Wigan, but it's a tame effort which Mignolet collects.
We're back underway at the DW Stadium. Roger Espinoza is on for Ronnie Stam, who did pick up that knock in the first half. This is Espinoza's first appearance for the club, who face a massive 45 minutes.
Looking back replays of the penalty, there is no doubt about the decision. McCarthy was so silly to jump with his arms up - when you do that, you're always risking a penalty.
Wow, what a first 45 minutes. Wigan went ahead, but Steven Fletcher has inspired his side with two goals to leave Sunderland in the driving seat as the visitors have scored three without reply. What can Roberto Martinez say to his side to get a reaction in the second half?
45' + 2'
Maloney whips in a vicious cross which Mignolet has to turn over his bar to prevent a goal. This is a strong finish from the hosts but it's been a poor, poor half for them.
45' + 1'
The ball comes in and a Wigan head does find the ball, but its too weak and Mignolet collects. Johnson will be relieved.
Three minutes of injury time here - Beausejour hits a high, high cross and Johnson inexplicably hoofs it out for a corner with his left foot rather than take it on his weaker right. You sometimes wonder whether players should spend more time training their weaker foot, as it could cost a goal here.
Di Santo is inches away from making it 3-2 as a low cross just skips past him - but the flag is up, and the striker is offside. I've said it before, but what a turnaround this has been today.
Assist Adam Johnson
Goal Steven Fletcher
WHAT A GOAL FROM FLETCHER!!! The striker wins a free kick 45 yards out and the ball is lifted into the box. Fletcher flicks it on to Johnson who controls it and lays it back, and the forward drives a delightful curling effort high into the net from 16 yards. Stunning strike there.
Really poor pass from Figueroa here as the home side press on, but his attempted ball is behind Beausejour and the stands erupt with anguish. Well, maybe not anguish quite yet, but certainly derision.
Wigan are getting forward more now, and Sunderland are sitting back a little after turning the game on its head so quickly. Can the Latics get back in it?
That's a big waste from Vaughan, who has time and space in the area to shape up a shot from 16 yards on his favoured left foot - but he drags the effort wide. Not a good shot at all.
Oof - Di Santo goes for the acrobatic bicycle kick from 20 yards after controlling it on his chest and kicks Bramble in the midriff. A sore tummy for Titus there...
Fletcher is running the show for Sunderland at the moment, showing some lovely skill to take the ball down and retain possession. He's been a fantastic buy for O'Neill so far, and he's in fine form today.
The home fans are getting frustrated now as their early joy has turned to frustration as Sunderland have settled well since that early Vaughan mistake.
Now it's Wigan's turn to get a decision from a handball as Fletcher clearly blocks a cross with his arms, which the home fans greet with an ironic cheer. The ball is eventually worked into a shooting position but Mignolet easily collects.
STAT ATTACK: 5 - Steven Fletcher has now scored five goals in seven Premier League apps vs. Wigan; more than against any other opponent. Turnaround. [OptaJoe]
Goal Steven Fletcher
FLETCHER VOLLEYS IT IN!!! Wow, what a turnaround here at the DW. An inviting cross comes in from N'diaye and the striker heads at goal forcing al-Habsi into a great reaction stop. However, the ball falls to the forward again and he skilfully volleys into the net from close range.
It's Sunderland doing all the pressing here, and they're looking very confident on the attack...
Penalty Goal Craig Gardner
GARDNER LEVELS IT!!! The midfielder steps up and calmly strokes the ball into the bottom right corner of Ali al-Habsi's net as the keeper goes the other way. Game on!
Penalty to Sunderland! The wall jumps but a hand goes up to block the Larsson's effort, and it's a clear handball by James McCarthy. Great spot by referee Anthony Taylor there.
Yellow Card Emmerson Boyce
Boyce is booked for a cynical foul 25 yards out here, and the visitors have a free kick in an inviting position on the left...
Ooh, Steven Fletcher is inches away from putting Sunderland level here. He just can't get his toe to a delightful cross from the left, and the Black Cats are looking like getting back into this one.
Sebastian Larsson has almost set up an instant reply on two seperate occasions. First, the Swede whips in a centre to Alfred N'Diaye, but the new signing gets underneath the ball and sends a header looping over the bar. Moments later, John O'Shea meets another superb delivery, but can only send an effort inches wide of Ali Al-Habsi's right-hand post.
Can Sunderland get back into this one? Conceding early was the last thing Martin O'Neill needed, and they need points to avoid being sucked into the relegation battle alongside Roberto Martinez's men.
Own Goal David Vaughan
WIGAN LEAD!!! Jean Beausejour and Jordi Gomez link up well down the left-hand side and the former delivers a low cross into the area. Ronnie Stam's mishit into the floor looks like a chance gone begging, but David Vaughan had other ideas, as the former Blackpool midfielder stretches out a leg and inexplicably diverts into his own net.
Wigan's Ronnie Stam looks in a bit of pain after getting a knock, but much to the relief of Roberto Martinez, the defender is fine to continue.
We're underway here - let's hope for a cracking match to put some fire in our bellies on a bitterly cold day!
Sunderland's Colback is in the referee's notebook after bringing down Shaun Maloney on the right wing. Wigan have a free kick on the edge of the area, and Steven Fletcher almost heads into his own net, but it fires off the crossbar
The teams are almost ready to go, both sides need a positive result, so let's hope we're in for a goal fest rather than a tentative goalless draw.
Sunderland: Mignolet, O' Shea, Bramble, N'Diaye, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, Vaughan, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, McClean, Elmohamady, Wickham, McFadden
Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Stam, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo. Subs: Blazquez, Golobart, Jones, Espinoza, Henriquez, McManaman, Boselli.
As for Sunderland, three wins in five in the league has eased the pressure ever so slightly on manager Martin O' Neill, but that cup defeat in midweek has brought them back down to earth. Steven Fletcher's inclusion here is a massive plus for them, and Alfred N'Diaye makes his Premier League debut after joining from Bursaspor.
Wigan make two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Fulham last time out. Ronnie Stam comes into the heart of the defence for the injured Ivan Ramis, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, while Jordi Gomez regains his starting place ahead of David Jones.
The DW Stadium plays host to a must win game for both sides today. Wigan have won just one game in their last nine, sitting just above the relegation zone, with Sunderland looking for a quick response after their FA Cup exit to Bolton in midweek, with the Black Cats in 14th place in the league. I'm Sean Monaghan, and I'll be taking you through what is sure to be a tense affair.
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