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Wigan 2 Saints 2
Updated 5:04pm Saturday 2nd February 2013 in Sport
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- Shaun Maloney rescues a late point for Wigan
- Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin had scored second-half goals for Saints
- Gary Caldwell headed Wigan into a first-half lead
- Saints remain 16th in the table, three points clear of the drop zone.
That result keeps Saints in 16th, three points clear of the drop zone. Elsewhere at the bottom, Reading beat Sunderland 2-1, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Everton, and Newcastle shocked Chelsea 3-2. Earlier, QPR drew 0-0 at home against Norwich. We will have reaction on the website for you later. Thanks for joining us.
WIGAN 2 SAINTS 2
Wigan 2 Saints 2 (Shaun Maloney 90): A corner is headed towards goal by Paul Scharner, with the ball dropping kindly to the unmarked Maloney, who steers home from close range.
Wigan 1 Saints 2 (Morgan Schneiderlin 85): Jay Rodriguez races down the left, as Saints break away. His low ball into the centre picks out Schneiderlin, who made a lung-bursting run from deep, and the Frenchman slots home in front of the delirious Saints fans.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (81): Jason Puncheon off, James Ward-Prowse on.
CHANCE (71): A loose ball drops to Adam Lallana in the box, but his left-foot snap shot cannons back off the post and away to safety for Wigan.
Wigan 1 Saints 1 (Rickie Lambert 64): Jack Cork's cross from the right is flicked on by Jay Rodriguez. Rickie Lambert then nods the ball past Ali Al Habsi at close range to equalise.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (60): Nathaniel Clyne off, Adam Lallana on.
WIGAN SUBSTITUTION (56): Ronnie Stam off, Jordi Gomez on.
Jack Cork into the book after a mistimed challenge on Roger Espinoza in midfield.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION: A change before the second half begins, as Steven Davis replaces Gaston Ramirez.
WIGAN 1 SAINTS 0
CHANCE (38): Saints go extremely close to an equaliser. Morgan Schneiderlin's corner is met by the head of Jos Hooiveld, with the ball spinning towards the far corner, shaving the post and going behind for a goal kick.
Jay Rodriguez goes in very strongly on Jean Beausejour right in front of the dugouts, and is booked.
Wigan 1 Saints 0 (Gary Caldwell 25): Caldwell loses Maya Yoshida and plants a brilliant header past Artur Boruc from Jean Beausejour's corner.
CHANCE (16): Gaston Ramirez misses a wonderful opportunity. Rickie Lambert's ball from deep picks out his run into the area. No Wigan defenders track him, leaving him completely alone, ten yards out from goal. But, as the ball drops to him, his side-foot volley balloons way over the bar.
CHANCE (13): Stunning save from Artur Boruc. Beausejour whips in a ball from the left, which Di Santo slides in to meet. He diverts it towards the far corner with his outstretched foot, but Boruc flies to his left to tip it away.
PENALTY APPEAL (7): Paul Scharner claims he is held by Jos Hooiveld as he attempts to get on the end of a Shaun Maloney corner. Nothing is given, though.
Referee Andre Marriner gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at the DW Stadium. Kick-off just a few moments away. Saints in their red kit this afternoon. We will have updates here for you throughout the match.
Bottom club QPR have missed a great opportunity to significantly close the gap on the rest of the relegation battlers. Adel Taarabt's saved second-half penalty means they gain just a point against Norwich, after a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road.
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes his side can carry their second half performance against Manchester United on Wednesday into this afternoon's fixture:
That is the way we want to play but perhaps in the first half (at Old Trafford) we weren't able to do so. I am not happy with the way we played in the first half. That is not how we wanted to play. But I am very proud and happy with the way we played in the second. Our performance in the second half is going to give my players the confidence to play on like that in the future. All games have their complexity and difficulty. But in any game, where you have a chance of getting the three points you must keep that mentality and go for the win.Mauricio Pochettino
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking about new Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino this week. Here's what he had to say:
You need to remember with the new manager that he is not involved in (the decision of) changing managers - he is just coming in to do his job. He was very impressive at Espanyol. He is well-organised, he has very clear football concepts and he is used to dealing with high-pressure games and with bringing youngsters through. What he did at Espanyol was remarkable and with the way Southampton have been playing in the last two games you can see he has a relationship straight away with his team and that they reflect the way he wants to play. I think Nigel Adkins did an incredible job and I'm sure everyone who is connected to Southampton will always appreciate that. He achieved two promotions and steadied the group in the new league, so that was a phenomenal job from the outside. We can see with the two performances under the new manager what normally happens - it gives a new start for different players in the squad and the squad gets galvanised. But it is also fair to say that after their first few games this season, Southampton showed they were ready and used to the new league. They have been very, very impressive, so we expect a very difficult game.Roberto Martinez
Just one change for Saints from the side that lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Luke Shaw coming back in for Danny Fox. Adam Lallana remains among the subs.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork; Puncheon, Ramírez, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Fox, Richardson, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Lee.
WIGAN: Al Habsi; Stam, Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour; Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur; Maloney, Di Santo.
Subs: Robles, Jones, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Golobart, Campabadal.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez spoke to the media this week. Here's a clip of what he had to say ahead of the match...
SAINTS SQUAD NEWS: Adam Lallana returned from a knee injury to play the second half of Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, and could start for the first time in eight weeks. Luke Shaw could also return at left-back in place of Danny Fox, after illness resulted in him being dropped to the substitutes' bench at Old Trafford.
WIGAN SQUAD NEWS: Paul Scharner could make his Wigan comeback after rejoining the Latics on transfer deadline day. Scharner, who spent four-and-a-half years with Wigan before leaving in 2010, has been recruited by manager Roberto Martinez on loan from Hamburg until the end of the season as an additional option in central defence, where Ivan Ramis (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) are currently unavailable. Also not fit for selection is another defender, Adrian Lopez (hamstring), along with goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Fraser Fyvie (soft tissue problem). Forward Arouna Kone is away on African Nations Cup duty and full-back Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) is a doubt.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Daily Echo’s blog covering this afternoon’s Premier League contest between Wigan and Saints, at the DW Stadium. This is a historical afternoon. Not one they’ll be teaching kids about in school in years to come, but historical nonetheless: It’s Southampton’s first ever trip to the home of the Latics. Plenty of Saints fans are making their way up the M6 for this one – the lure of the DW never fails to draw in the punters! – so there should be some impressive backing for the visitors. Mauricio Pochettino’s side start the day three points clear of today’s opponents, but with a far superior goal difference, meaning they are unlikely to be overtaken. There’s plenty of interest towards the bottom of the table elsewhere too, with QPR currently taking on Norwich at Loftus Road, Reading hosting Sunderland and Aston Villa visiting Everton. We’ll have the build-up, team news and match updates for you here as the day progresses.
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