Portsmouth 4-0 Wigan Athletic
Aruna Dindane destroyed Wigan with a superb hat-trick but Paul Hart’s side still remain bottom of the Premier League despite a 4-0 success.
Dindane’s treble was accompanied by a goal from strike partner Frederic Piquionne as
However, there was more concern for debt-ridden
Wigan were outfought and outplayed throughout and never tested England goalkeeper David James.
The home side almost made the perfect start when Kevin-Prince Boateng fired just over the crossbar inside the opening minute.
O’Hara looked particularly lively and the midfielder sent an angled drive across the face of the goal in the sixth minute.
There was much concern for Wigan when Hugo Rodallega careered over the advertising boards after trying to cross the ball into the six-yard box.
The Wigan midfielder required lengthy treatment to an arm injury before being allowed to continue.
But it was still the home side making most of the running, with O’Hara firing a 20-yard shot straight into the arms of Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland.
O’Hara was looking very impressive in the
Another O’Hara corner forced Kirkland into a one-handed save that almost found its way into his own net, but fortunately for the visiting keeper it ran out for another flag-kick.
Boateng was just too high again when he let fly from 25 yards in the 28th minute but
Kirkland required two attempts to hold on to a shot from Piquionne moments later as the home side pressed forward.
Rodallega wasted a good chance for Wigan on the half-hour when the visitors won a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position.
But the Wigan midfielder sent his curling shot high over the crossbar.
Michael Brown split the Wigan defence with a fine throughball into the path of Dindane, who outpaced Mario Melchiot and flicked the ball over the advancing Kirkland for his first Premier League goal.
Moments later Wigan found a way through the
Piquionne was a constant threat but he squandered a great chance to get his second of the game moments after the re-start.
The striker, on loan from Lyon, hesitated far too long to get his shot away and Wigan’s defence cleared the danger.
In the 55th minute
Piquionne appeared to suffer a head injury in a challenge with Emmerson Boyce and Titus Bramble.
Dindane then missed a sitter in the 61st minute when he failed to connect with O’Hara’s free-kick on the edge of the six-yard box.
Luckily for Wigan, Kirkland had his wits about him and managed to save well before Dindane could react again.
But Dindane atoned for his error in the 64th minute when he tapped home a cross from Kanu at the far post to put
Yebda then went close from another pinpoint O’Hara free-kick as the home side went looking for more goals.
Wigan tried to get back into the game but Charles N’Zogbia fired high and wide after bursting through the home defence.