Bolton trot to DW victory

Boss Owen Coyle knew nothing more than a win would ease the

pressure swirling around his side after a miserable run of 11

losses in 12 league games stretching back to last season. Nigel

Reo-Coker gave the visitors the start they so badly needed when he

prodded home in the fourth minute, then David Ngog netted shortly

after Mohamed Diame’s superb 40th-minute equaliser. And after

Bolton had failed to wrap it up when Ali Al Habsi saved Kevin

Davies’ 70th- minute penalty, Eagles made sure by firing home after

a mistake by Antolin Alcaraz. Having started the game bottom of the

table, Bolton’s win suddenly turned the pressure on Roberto

Martinez’s Wigan, who have now lost five league games in a row.

Wigan never recovered from a fine start by Bolton, with Coyle’s men

getting a dream start in the fourth minute when Eagles crossed for

Reo-Coker to prod home just ahead of the hapless Alcaraz. Bolton’s

storming start continued with Pratley finding room in the box and

firing a curling shot which was well saved by former Trotters

goalkeeper Al Habsi. Martinez’s men gradually started to claw their

way back into the the game, but it was still the visitors who had

the clear-cut chances with Ngog coming close. The home side were

having to rely on set-pieces and Ben Watson came close to an

unlikely equaliser on the half-hour when his dipping corner almost

eluded Jussi Jaaskelainen. But when Wigan’s big chance came it was

brilliantly executed by Diame, who unleashed a curling right-foot

shot from outside the box which blazed past Jaaskelainen on 40

minutes. It was a superb riposte by Diame, who had also scored for

the Latics against Tottenham in their last home game and was

beginning to show plenty of promise. But Bolton went back in front

in first-half injury-time when Davies dispossessed Steve Gohouri

and fed Ngog, who shot home low to Al Habsi’s right. Martinez threw

on Hugo Rodallega at half-time after a month out with a knee injury

but Bolton had the first chance of the second period when Petrov

forced a save from Al Habsi. Emmerson Boyce shot into the side

netting from a tight angle before Rodallega blasted his first

effort which was blocked at close quarters by Wheater. Rodallega

came close in the 53rd minute when Victor Moses fed him at the

second attempt from the right and the striker’s bobbling shot was

gathered well by Jaaskelainen. Wigan’s forward moves were becoming

more urgent, with Moses cutting inside and clattering a low shot

off the legs of Paul Robinson before narrowly missing the resulting

Boyce corner. Moses won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the

box in the 67th minute after a foul by Dedryck Boyata, but

Rodallega spooned his set-piece over the bar. Boyata should have

made the points certain for Bolton in the 70th minute when he met a

Petrov free-kick with a low header at point-blank range but

diverted it wide. And moments later Al Habsi was almost guilty of

an horrendous blunder when he spilled a harmless shot from Eagles

out for a corner. From the set-piece Caldwell was judged to have

hauled down Boyata, but Al Habsi redeemed himself with a brilliant

save from Davies, and Boyata blazed the rebound over. But Bolton

wrapped up victory in injury time when Eagles seized on a mistake

by Alcaraz to cut inside the Wigan box and drill a low shot past Al

Habsi.