Goals from Gomez and Rodallega beat ten man Wolves
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0
Henry sent off 10
Match report by Ella Cummins
Jordi Gomez scored again at the DW Stadium in a 2-0 victory over Mick McCarthy's Wolves, making him Latics's top scorer with three goals in all competitions so far this season. Hugo Rodallega made the win complete with a late goal, to ensure that Martinez's men continued their run of good form.
After a slow start, the game rapidly changed pace when Wolves's Karl Henry was sent off in the tenth minute following a shocking tackle on Jordi Gomez. The Wolves captain saw none of the ball after a long chase, and sent Gomez flying through the air.
Latics responded well by pushing forward, with Maynor Figueroa following on from his Goal of the Season Award with a shot from long range, and Gomez and N'Zogbia's both trying for goal.
Di Santo, N'Zogbia, and Hugo Rodallega worked well as an attacking force throughout the first half, with some lovely link-up play, and their efforts almost paid off after half an hour, but N'Zogbia's final ball to Di Santo was hit just slightly too far for the Argentinian striker.
Latics played with good confidence, and James McCarthy controlled the midfield well, creating some good chances and taking some himself.
Just after the break, Di Santo looked set to put Latics ahead, but 'keeper Hahnemann pulled off a fine save to keep the scores level.N'Zogbia, and McCarthy carried on causing plenty of problems for the Wolves defence, with the visitors having to throw plenty of men behind the ball.
As such, it was difficult to find a way through Wolves's final line, and so it took a set piece to put Latics ahead. When N'Zogbia was brought down on the edge of the box, Jordi Gomez stepped up to take the free kick, curling a superb strike into the top corner and out of reach of Hahnemann.
Di Santo looked set to make it two with an outstanding effort from outside the box, but Hahnemann just got there to put the ball behind for a corner.
The second goal came late on, as N'Zogbia put the ball through to Rodallega, who got in a good position and sealed the win.
A convincing victory at the DW Stadium, and just the result that Latics have been looking for.
Latics: Al Habsi; Gohouri, Alcaraz, Boyce, Thomas (Diame 73), Figueroa (Stam 59); McCarthy, Gomez, N'Zogbia; Di Santo (Watson 84), Rodallega
Subs: Kirkland; Boselli, Moses, S. Caldwell
Wolves: Hahnemann; Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward (Ebanks-Blake 81); Mancienne, Edwards (Bent 81), Fletcher (Elokobi 51), Jarvis, Foley; Doyle
Subs: Hennessey; Van Damme, Stearman, Jones