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Saints 0 Wigan Athletic 2
1:01pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in Saints News
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- Saints lose opening Premier League home game 2-0.
- Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone strikes give Wigan victory.
FULL-TIME: SAINTS 0, WIGAN 2
GOAL: SAINTS 0, WIGAN 2 (Kone 90). That seals it. Kone dispossesses Fonte on the right, drives into the area and smashes a low effort past Davis.
Hooiveld's looping header from Lambert's cross hit the top of the bar in the 79th minute. Kone had a great chance to finish the game off two minutes later, but slid his shot just wide of the post after exchanging passes with Gomez.
Couple of changes for Saints made in the 75th minute. Steven Davis and Rodriguez off, with Ward-Prowse and Sharp coming on in place of them. Lambert forced a save from Al-Habsi in the 64th minute, but it is Wigan who have been in control of the game. Davis made a good stop from Latics sub Gomez's stinging 20-yard strike in the 67th minute.
Danny Fox forced a good save from Al-Habsi in the 55th minute, controlling the ball 25 yards out and driving a shot back in after the Wigan keeper had punched Lallana's corner clear.
GOAL: SAINTS 0, WIGAN 1 (Di Santo 51). Nice move from Wigan. Boyce plays the ball into Maloney on the edge of the area. He slides a little pass through to Di Santo, who fires into the roof of the net. The goal came a minute after Lambert had tested Al-Habsi from Guly's cross.
HALF-TIME: Saints 0, Wigan 0. Nigel Adkins' team edged that half. Certainly the more positive of the two sides, but chances have been few and far between.
The game has gone very quiet since Lallana hit the bar. Clyne's through ball in the 23rd minute nearly released the midfielder, but Caldwell got across to cover. Fonte did well to deflect behind Figueroa's volleyed effort across goal just after the half hour.
The captain's armband looks like it has inspired Lallana. He turns 25 yards out in the 14th minute and unleashes a ferocious shot. It's heading for the top corner, but the fingertips of a flying Ali Al-Habsi do enough to tip the ball onto the crossbar.
A bright start from Saints. Lallana's delivery from the left wing in the third minute was just too high for any of his teammates and found the arms of Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi. Caldwell then did well to block Lallana's sixth-minute shot, after the captain had chested down Danny Fox's cross into the box.
The teams are out at St Mary's. A huge roar greets Premier League football back to the stadium. Just a few minutes until kick-off.
Two changes for Saints this afternoon. Rickie Lambert is restored to the starting line-up by Nigel Adkins, after coming off the bench to score at Manchester City last week. He replaces Jason Puncheon. Steven Davis, who also netted at the Etihad Stadium, takes the place of 17-year-old James Ward-Prowse in midfield.
Wigan make one change to their side, with Arouna Kone coming into the line-up in place of Victor Moses, who completed a £9m transfer to Chelsea yesterday.
Saints: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Guly, Lambert, Rodriguez.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Seaborne, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Puncheon, Sharp.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa.
Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Beausejour.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).
You know you are going to get something you don't know when you face a newly-promoted side. I think we need to look back at the experiences we had last season where we faced Norwich, Swansea and QPR in the first three games, and probably two years back when we had another newly-promoted side in Blackpool. You play a side full of energy and enthusiasm and look at Southampton – if you had any questions about how they were going to adapt at this level, look at the fact that they scored two goals at the Etihad Stadium from open play. I think that answers everything. They are going to be brave, really enthusiastic and have a very special environment, and we have to be able to cope with that. We have done in the past, and we need to make sure that we are ourselves. It is going to be a tremendous fixture.Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
Wigan have done magnificently over the years. Roberto Martinez is a very intelligent manager, they play a very good way and they have survived in the Premier League against all the odds. It is a club I was at myself as a player so to see them in the Premier League consistently over the last several years is amazing and great credit should go to them. We're under no illusions. It will be a tough, tough game for us. Probably the Manchester City game you're not expecting us to get anything from. The game against Wigan Athletic, we've got to look to get the three points from.Saints manager Nigel Adkins
TEAM NEWS: Wigan have already suffered a blow ahead of the game, after forward Victor Moses completed his £9m transfer to Chelsea last night. Winger Jean Beausejour missed last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat against the Blues due to a hamstring problem and is a doubt today, along with James McArthur (back) and Shaun Maloney (dead leg).
TEAM NEWS: Midfielder Jack Cork continues to be sidelined for Saints, following the ankle injury he sustained in a pre-season friendly at Bristol City. Tadanari Lee is continuing his recovery from a long-term foot injury and could earn a place on the bench.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Daily Echo 's blog for this afternoon’s Premier League contest between Saints and Wigan, at St Mary’s Stadium (kick-off 3pm). This is the opening home fixture of the season for Nigel Adkins’ men, who began their campaign last weekend with a memorable performance in a 3-2 defeat at defending champions Manchester City. The pressure is on a bit more today, though, with this looking like the club’s best chance on paper of picking up a win in their first four games. Wigan are also coming off an opening day loss, after Chelsea beat them 2-0 at the DW Stadium.
We will have the teams for you as soon as they becomes available, as well as updates throughout the match.
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