Wigan travelled to Molyneux seeking their first away win of what had so far been a disappointing start to the season. Wigan manager Uwe Rosler opted to continue his policy of rotating his squad bringing in Fortune and Maloney for Delort and McManaman with Barnett coming in for injured skipper Boyce.
Wigan following on from their creditable performance against Forest started with purpose with Fortune working hard as the target man looking to lay balls off to his supporting cast.
High flying Wolves looking to regain momentum after a couple of draws attacked with gusto with their wingers looking to create chances for Bakary Sako and former Wigan player Nouha Dicko, both of whom tested Carson in the early stages.
The game continued to ebb to and fro but first blood fell tot he home side when a Richard’s header from a Van La Parra cross beat Carson.
Within a matter of minutes Wigan were level when following a foul on Fortune, Maloney’s free kick was met by the head of the stand in skipper James Perch. Another Maloney free kick went narrowly wide as Wigan gained momentum, momentum which bore fruit in time added on when good work by McClean and Maloney released Taylor down the left and his ball inside found Fortune who fired the ball home The second half started in much the same vein with both sides attacking at every opportunity. For Wigan, Fortune was once again the dangerman whereas for Wolves Dicko showed what Wigan lost when he left the DW Stadium with pace, power and flair One of Wigan’s many faults this season has been an uncertainty when defending set pieces and so it proved once again when from a corner, Wigan failed to clear the loose ball and Sako rifled the ball into the net past Carson. Both sides continued to push forwards in search of the elusive winner, For the home side, a Carson save from Henry and a Doherty header against the post were their best efforts and for Wigan efforts from Maloney and Delort were the most notable.
The full time whistle blew and both teams trooped off the pitch disappointed not to have won but relieved not to have lost in a game that could have gone either way.
Team Line Up
Carson, Perch, Barnett, Ramis, Taylor, Maloney, Kvist( Forshaw), Cowie, Huws, McClean (McManaman), Fortune(Delort).
Man of the Match….Fortune, never stopped trying
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