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21:51 29th December 2010


Comeback kings Latics fight back with ten-men to earn point

Watson 18(pen)
Squillaci 81 (og)

Arshavin, 39
Bendtner 44

Report by Paul Chialton

Another fantastic comeback against Arsenal as Latics come back late in the game to claim a vital point and move themselves out of the bottom three.

Despite going down to ten-men after a red-card to Charles N'Zogbia Latics continued to pressure the Arsenal defence and it told ten minutes before the end when Hugo Rodallega headed across the face of goal for Sebastien Squillaci to bundle into his own net under pressure from Gary Caldwell.

The point guaranteed an unbeaten December for Roberto Martinez's side who looked the better side for large portions of the game.

An early penalty was awarded after N'Zogbia was tripped inside the area by Laurent Koscielny. Up stepped Ben Watson to fire into the left corner beyond Lukasz Fabianski and put the home side ahead.

Ben Watson Penalty
BEN SPOT ON: Watson drills home penalty

But back came Arsenal to jump into the lead before half-time with goals from Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner in quick succession.

The introduction of Jack Wilshere sparked the Gunners into life but try as they might to dictate the game Latics simply wouldn't lie down.

Tom Cleverley and Rodallega came close to grabbing an equaliser either side of the break before Ali Al Habsi denied Arshavin from point-blank range.

Even with the numerical differences the game was still open and with time running out the home side got their just deserves when the Arsenal centre-half netted into his goal.

A great game, a great comeback and a result that sets up Sunday's clash with Newcastle just nicely/

Al Habsi; Stam (Figueroa, 86), G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri; Diame (McArthur, 72), Thomas; N'Zogbia, Watson, Cleverley; Rodallega

Subs: Pollitt, Boselli, S. Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman

Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Eboue; Rosicky, Diaby (Wilshere, 27 (Walcott, 83)), Denilson, Arshavin (Nasri, 83); Chamakh, Bendtner

Subs: Szczesny, Vela, Djourou, Clichy

    Data provided by Press Association