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March 17, 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 21379
J. McArthur 54'
West Bromwich Albion
P. Scharner 65'
90' + 4'
Full time at the DW stadium. West Brom have held Wigan to a 1-1 draw. Paul Scharner's header canceling out James McArthur's opener as Wigan fail to climb out of the bottom three.
Wigan pile on the pressure, a goal now would rescue the win and give them three much needed points. But for now the Baggies are holding out as we enter added time.
Diame misses a glorious chance to give Wigan all three points, he collects a cross but his effort goes wide and hits team mate Moses.
McManaman breaks free and shoots from outside the box but sends it well over.
Yellow Card Callum McManaman
The football has become scrappy here as both sides tire but chances are still being created.
West Brom break away on the counter and Keith Andrews fires narrowly wide with a fierce effort.
Diame and Callum McManaman come on in a double substitution for Wigan as Martinez pushes for a winner as we enter the final ten minutes.
Wigan look a little desperate at the moment. Pumping balls over the top and rushing through the middle.
Well it's anyones game here now, a frantic pace to the match and two sides who look desperate to win.
Yellow Card Jerome Thomas
Yellow Card Emmerson Boyce
Yellow Card Y. Mulumbu
It's all kicking off at the DW. Big brawl and some cards should be on the way
Goal Paul Scharner
Assist Chris Brunt
Yellow Card Chris Brunt
Yellow Card Paul Scharner
Boyce is having a good game today. Running the line well and giving width, forcing West Brom's attacking midfielders to track back further than they would have liked.
Thats no more than Wigan deserve. After an impressive first half they have kept the quality up and have been rewarded.
Goal James McArthur
The Latics have began this second half as they ended the first on top and pressing. Maloney runs into the West Brom half and shoots at goal but its straight at Foster.
Good opportunity for Wigan early in this second half. A free kick just under 30 yards out. However Figueroa blasts the kick well over the bar.
Goal's Alex Fisher is reporting live from the DW Stadium, here is his take on the first half: "Wigan have dominated so far and played the much better football but a lack of finishing has let them down and is the only reason they are not ahead at the break. The home fans applaud the players off the pitch clearly pleased with their performance."
Michael Oliver blows time on the first half. 0-0 at the DW Stadium, a scoreline which will frustrate Wigan who have had plenty of chances to go ahead. The break couldnt come soon enough for West Brom who have struggled from the off.
How are Wigan not ahead? Boyce crosses to the far post where Moses clips it back in, Alcaraz cuts his header back to Shaun Maloney who is six yards out but he cant keep his balance and another chance goes begging.
Ben Foster again keeps the scores level. James McCarthy's ferocious strike hammers the bar and drops to Victor Moses, but the West Brom keeper pounces at his feet to thwart his follow up.
McAuley with another header. Morrison delivers the cross to the back post but his header loops and dips but unfortunately for the Baggies lands on the roof of the net.
Both sides have tightened up at the back now. Ball resting mainly in midfield, some calm after a whirlwind start.
A very open game here, both sides looking dangerous when they attack. Wigan though could rue not taking their early opportunities. West Brom have been poor in patches and Shane Long has been very isolated in attack.
Gareth McAuley goes close for West Brom. Brunt with the free kick and the centre half climbs highest but puts his header wide.
Despite the Latics pressure West Brom look dangerous on the break with Chris Brunt leading in midfield and the pace of Shane Long.
A good period for Wigan here. The crowd are responding well as they continue to press the West Brom goal.
Boyce hits the bar! Figueroa again provides the cross which travels straight through the box, Boyce meets it at the back post but his header hits the woodwork and goes behind. How many more chances can Wigan afford to miss?
Good work from Shane Long frees up Jerome Thomas in the area, after some clever footwork he gets his shot away but drags it wide of the far post.
The Baggies seem to have found their feet now after withstanding some early pressure. Thomas wins their first corner but it is cleared by the Wigan defence.
Yet another chance for the hosts. Figueroa crosses from deep, Di Santo's flick finds Boyce but he slices his shot wide.
A fine save from Ben Foster denies Wigan. A defensive slip up gifts the Latics the ball and Di Santo's curling shot is tipped over the bar.
A long ball is pumped over the top and Di Santo is first to it, however under pressure he shoots over the bar from a tight angle. A bright start for the Latics.
Alex Fisher is our man at the DW today, here is his take on the atmosphere as we approach kick off: "There is a feeling inside the DW Stadium today that this match is crucial for Wigan Athletic's survival hopes. Looking at their remaining fixtures their run in is quite tough with onlt their last two games against Blackburn and Wolves being ones that look winable, three points good be vital today."
For West Brom, Peter Odemwingie is missing and Shane Long will fill in. With Jonas Olsson suspended Billy Jones returns from injury to step in at right back.
Roberto Martinez has been rallying the home supporters with his programme notes today, here is what he has had to say: ""There are still 30 points to fight for and we feel capable of getting points against anyone during the last ten games. This time last year our task was actually harder because the teams we were chasing had a bigger points margin than those ahead of us now."
Wigan will be hoping to build on the point gained at Carrow Road last weekend against Norwich. However Hugo Rodallega is missing today with a jarred knee which sees Franco Di Santo leading the line this afternoon.
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