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Match Report : 11/01/2014

11 January 2014


Wigan Athletic made it four Championship clean sheets in a row and continued their unbeaten run in the league under Uwe Rosler with an impressive 3-0 victory at the DW Stadium, with goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, an own goal by Elliott Ward and a thumping effort from Jordi Gomez on 90 minutes.

Fortune gave Latics the lead with a right footed volley into the top corner on five minutes, with his shot just before the hour mark resulting in a Ward own goal, but Jordi Gomez took the plaudits for goal of the game as he let fly from distance with his left foot to fire across the keeper and into the bottom right corner sealing the points.

It was as quick a start to the game as Uwe Rosler hoped for in his pre-match press conference, and Latics certainly took the game to their opponents as promised.

Inside five minutes Marc-Antoine Fortune fired Latics into the lead with a superb half volley on the turn inside the area.

Nick Powell entered the penalty box with the ball, but a combination of tangled legs saw the ball pop up at a good height, Fortune impressively turned in the area to strike first time and volley the ball right footed into the top left corner, leaving Lee Camp no chance.

Callum McManaman almost doubled the lead just four minutes later, taking the ball from the feet of Powell as they both advanced down the left side and continuing to dribble into the area, before attempting to clip the ball over the onrushing Camp who made a solid block with his chest.

The early flurry of chances continued on 11 minutes when a powerful run from Fortune to the left by-line and a low cross to the front post saw Powell flick the ball over from close range as he was caught out be the speed of the cross.

Efforts from range by Powell, McManaman and McArthur had Camp on his toes, but equally at the other end Ali Al Habsi had to do his bit, coming out on a number of occasions to punch clear a scattering of Bournemouth corners.

The visitors' best chance fell to Matt Ritchie midway through the first half, when cutting inside from the right he forced Al Habsi into a low save, but the Omani got down quickly to hold onto the shot.

With eight minutes pf the first half remaining Ben Watson almost doubled Latics lead, when he curled a free kick towards the top corner from 25 yards out, forcing Camp to tip the ball over the cross bar.

Bournemouth grabbed the final chance of the half with Lewis Grabban shooting wide from around the penalty spot as he took a Simon Francis cross first time on his right foot.

Latics went in happy at half time with the lead, but with chances immediately after Fortune's goal they could arguably have been more goals ahead.

Bournemouth started the second half with a good spell of possession, but knocking on the door wasn't enough for the Cherries as Latics doubled their lead just before the hour mark.

The ever dangerous Beausejour attacked down the left, cutting the ball back to Fortune who controlled shot and received a huge slice of luck from Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward.

Fortune's left footed shot deflected up from Ward's swinging leg, fooling the out-rushing Camp and curling over him to nestle into the net.

The DW Stadium went ballistic but confusion settled among the players as to whether or not Fortune could claim a second goal as his initial shot had been going on target.

Changes were made by Eddie Howe as he introduced the pacey Tokelo Rantie and hard-working Brett Pitman.

Their impact wasn't instant though and Latics came close to making it three on 68 minutes when a low cross from the right by Beausejour was turned calmly towards goal by Chris McCann, only for Lee Camp to be in the perfect position to save on his line.

In the final 15 minutes Al Habsi sprang into action on a number of occasions to prevent a Bournemouth fight back, first with quick reactions to come off his line and block Rantie's close range effort as he looked to try and chip the keeper.

Before a tense final three minutes of added time with some outstanding saves from Al Habsi, Latics wrapped up the three points in style as substitute Jordi Gomez struck from range across the goalkeeper and into the bottom right corner.

The goal was to be admired, and that's exactly what Gomez did, stopping on the spot to celebrate as the ball flew beyond Camp.

Bournemouth fought until the final whistle though, and twice Al Habsi came to the rescue to ensure his fourth clean sheet in a row in the Championship, first pushing a clear cut chance from Rantie away in the first minute of stoppage time.

The second save, also from a Rantie effort, topped off a very good performance from the goalkeeper and the whole team as Latics kept the Cherries out to seal a 3-0 victory.

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