Wigan suffered their first defeat to Liverpool in six games when Liverpool’s one and only real threat this season, Luis Suarez scored twice within ten second half minutes to kill off a game Wigan very rarely threatened in.
Roberto Martinez unsurprisingly kept the same side that played well but ultimately failed to take their chances against West Brom last weekend with a welcome return for Myiachi on the bench with McArthur and Alcaraz still some weeks from a return to action.
The first half was largely a static affair largely devoid of serious goal mouth action in the main, especially from the away side whose belief in their ability to pass the ball into the net was negated by a resolute home defence combined with a lack of a cutting edge.
For the home side , young Spaniard Suso tested Al Habsi twice with two powerful shots and for the away side the best chance was a long range shot from Aroune Kone comfortably saved by the returning Reina in the Liverpool goal.
The major event of the first half was the stretchering off of Ben Watson with what has since been confirmed as a broken leg following a collision with young England recruit Raheem Sterling, the injury forcing Martinez to test his already depleted central midfield resources bringing on David Jones.
Liverpool started the brighter in the second half and were ahead within two minutes when Beausejour conceeded possession with a poor pass, the ball arriving at Sterling who broke down the left and crossed for Suarez to fire the ball past Al Habsi for the opening goal.
Within ten minutes it was two and it was that man Suarez again, Enrique put the Uruguayan through and the Liverpool hot shot made no mistake leaving Al Habsi once again to pick the ball out of the net.
Seven minutes later and the game was effectivley ended, as a powerful shot from Sterling could only be blocked by the Wigan keeper into the path of Enrique who made no mistake in making it three nil.
At three nil down, Martinez opted to make a double substitution, bringing on Myiachi for the willing but ineffective on the day Di Santo and surprisingly for the second week running replacing captain Gary Caldwell this week with Jordi Gomez.
Still Wigan chances were few and far between in a disjointed ineffective second half performance, with long range shots from Gomez, Jones and McCarthy in the last twenty minutes the only efforts of note, none of which troubled the home keeper as Liverpool cruised to what was ultimately a confortable victory.
For Wigan this defeat leaves them considering a must win game against Reading next week with a depleted squad.
Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Watson, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.
Jones for Watson, Gomez for Caldwell, Myiachi for Di Santo
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