Wigan deny Pochettino first win

Daily Echo: Shaun Maloney scores the late equaliser. Shaun Maloney scores the late equaliser.

Mauricio Pochettino was denied his first win as Saints manager by a 90th minute equaliser from Shaun Maloney at Wigan.

Saints battered their relegation rivals after falling behind to a Gary Caldwell header from a corner in the first half.

They deservedly got in front thanks to second half goals from Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin who looked like he had bagged the winner five minutes from time.

But once again marking from set pieces let Saints down as Maloney popped up with the late leveller.

The game had been a midfield battle between two of the league's passing sides until Wigan created the first chance 13 minutes in.

Jean Beausejour swung over a great cross from the left and Franco Di Santo did brilliantly to get his toe to it and stab the ball towards the far post but Artur Boruc was equal to it.

Three minutes later Southampton really should have scored as Lambert picked out Gaston Ramirez in acres of space 10 yards out.

With the DW Stadium waiting for an offside flag that never came, Ramirez slashed the ball well over the bar, and replays showed he was clearly onside.

The next opening produced a goal, with Beausejour again the architect. The Chilean's corner picked out the head of Caldwell, who, having engineered space, placed his header perfectly into the bottom corner.

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Southampton almost levelled straight away in bizarre fashion when James McCarthy took too long over a clearance and smashed it against Schneiderlin.

The ball spun towards the top corner off the Southampton midfielder but Ali Al Habsi managed to claw it away just in time.

The scoreline was harsh on Saints and they dominated the final stages of the first half but were unable to find an equaliser. They came close twice, first Jos Hooiveld heading just wide before Jay Rodriguez's header was cleared by Caldwell at the far post.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino made a change at the break, Steven Davis replacing Ramirez, who had picked up an injury at the end of the first half in a clash with Roger Espinoza.

The visitors continued to do most of the pressing and with a little over half an hour to go Wigan boss Roberto Martinez opted for a defensive reshuffle.

Jordi Gomez replaced Ronnie Stam, meaning Beausejour dropped back into defence, Maynor Figueroa moved into the centre and Scharner to right-back.

They continued to live dangerously, though, and Saints surely would have scored had Schneiderlin managed to connect properly with a cross from Lambert, who was proving a real handful for Wigan.

In the 60th minute, Adam Lallana entered the fray for Saints as he continued to work his way back from a knee injury, and four minutes later they had their equaliser.

Jack Cork crossed and Rodriguez outjumped the Wigan defence to head on for Lambert, who bravely beat Al Habsi to the ball at the back post.

Southampton sensed a vital win was there for the taking and they were inches away from going ahead in the 71st minute as Lallana pounced on a half-blocked effort and smacked his shot against the near post.

Wigan finally quelled the siege on Al Habsi's goal but Southampton were not to be denied and, from a Latics corner, Rodriguez burst away down the left, beat a lunging challenge from substitute Callum McManaman and crossed for Schneiderlin to smash home.

Wigan looked down and out but they refused to be beaten and with the match entering the 90th minute Scharner got his head to a corner and Maloney scuffed the ball over the line.

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5:37pm Sat 2 Feb 13

SaintMax says...

... Close the game out
... Close the game out SaintMax

5:39pm Sat 2 Feb 13

montecristosaint says...

watched the game such poor defending cost us the game.Also badly needed replacement for Puncheon would have been good to get Lens on board... why didnt we hopt it does not cost us at the end of the season. Penny pinching rarely pays off.. fingers crossed but worried.
watched the game such poor defending cost us the game.Also badly needed replacement for Puncheon would have been good to get Lens on board... why didnt we hopt it does not cost us at the end of the season. Penny pinching rarely pays off.. fingers crossed but worried. montecristosaint

5:41pm Sat 2 Feb 13

elvisimo says...

Same old story. Long journey home
Same old story. Long journey home elvisimo

5:48pm Sat 2 Feb 13

redsnapper says...

Only listened to Dave drivin up the M3 but Mauricio seems to have hit the ground running and is bringing out some great performances. Unlucky not to come away with all the points. Pretty sure we ll be ok. Reading will soon slip back down. Villa are very shaky and Arrys lot are just a despicable bunch of money grabbers. And Wigan are lucky bar stewards so that's 4 teams below us and that's the way it will stay.

Now to check on the neighbours. LOL
Only listened to Dave drivin up the M3 but Mauricio seems to have hit the ground running and is bringing out some great performances. Unlucky not to come away with all the points. Pretty sure we ll be ok. Reading will soon slip back down. Villa are very shaky and Arrys lot are just a despicable bunch of money grabbers. And Wigan are lucky bar stewards so that's 4 teams below us and that's the way it will stay. Now to check on the neighbours. LOL redsnapper

5:59pm Sat 2 Feb 13

RedArmy1 says...

RED FACTION ....RED ARMY
WE'LL NEVER BE DEFEATED.

GOOD AWAY SUPPORT TODAY WITH FLAIR ;o)

BATTERED WIGAN AND SHOULD HAVE HAD ALL THE POINTS IN THE BAG.

LADS SHOULD FEEL PLEASED WITH SOME GOOD RECENT PERFORMANCES AWAY.

NOW FOR THE WINS !!!

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
COYR
RED FACTION ....RED ARMY WE'LL NEVER BE DEFEATED. GOOD AWAY SUPPORT TODAY WITH FLAIR ;o) BATTERED WIGAN AND SHOULD HAVE HAD ALL THE POINTS IN THE BAG. LADS SHOULD FEEL PLEASED WITH SOME GOOD RECENT PERFORMANCES AWAY. NOW FOR THE WINS !!! RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY COYR RedArmy1

6:00pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Little Hitler says...

Meh, I'm a glass half full person and see great things around the corner for us.

Decent point, better is yet to come.
Meh, I'm a glass half full person and see great things around the corner for us. Decent point, better is yet to come. Little Hitler

6:12pm Sat 2 Feb 13

skiptonsaint says...

We certainly were the better team

Today is the day the penny finally dropped with gaston though

As with weds we looked some much better without him

Great support btw

First time at wigan. Thats a league 1 ground.
We certainly were the better team Today is the day the penny finally dropped with gaston though As with weds we looked some much better without him Great support btw First time at wigan. Thats a league 1 ground. skiptonsaint

8:46pm Sat 2 Feb 13

AmsterdamSaint says...

Play Davis for Gaston. He is a very under-rated player.
Play Davis for Gaston. He is a very under-rated player. AmsterdamSaint

7:22pm Sun 3 Feb 13

wiganfan says...

Well done to Southampton for your display on Saturday, you were excellent throughout the game and deserved to win it.
I wish I could say the same about a group of about 30 to 40 of your fans who for reasons unbeknown to the civilised world decided to launch a nasty attack on family groups making their way home from the ground, they didn't even take time out to find like minded opponents for their fun but chose middle aged and old men, women and children.
We are not talking of kids here but men in their 20s and 30s , one of whom decided that it was ok to punch a young woman, protecting her daughter, in the face.

This is not aimed at the thousands of well behaved Southampton fans who made the journey for the game.
Well done to Southampton for your display on Saturday, you were excellent throughout the game and deserved to win it. I wish I could say the same about a group of about 30 to 40 of your fans who for reasons unbeknown to the civilised world decided to launch a nasty attack on family groups making their way home from the ground, they didn't even take time out to find like minded opponents for their fun but chose middle aged and old men, women and children. We are not talking of kids here but men in their 20s and 30s , one of whom decided that it was ok to punch a young woman, protecting her daughter, in the face. This is not aimed at the thousands of well behaved Southampton fans who made the journey for the game. wiganfan

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