Wigan beats Bolton 2-1 in stragglers’ matchup

Last-placed Wigan beat Bolton 2-1 to keep alive its flickering

hopes of avoiding relegation in the English Premier League on

Saturday.

Wigan remained rooted to the bottom of the table, but closed to

within two points of safety. Bolton was two points ahead of Wigan,

but stayed third-to-last and in relegation danger on goal

difference.

Gary Caldwell opened for Wigan heading in a corner two minutes

before the break for a deserving halftime lead. Mark Davies leveled

in the 67th, but James McArthur hit in the rebound winner in the

75th.

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi preserved the victory five minutes

from time with a brilliant low save of a shot by Bolton debutant

Ryo Miyaichi.