Derby day delight as McArthur powers home winner
Report by Nick Taylor
Bolton Wanderers 1
Davies, M 67
Wigan Athletic 2
Gary Caldwell and James McArthur scored for Wigan Athletic in what was a fiesty and furious derby day encounter to ensure a vital three points in a 2-1 victory.
Caldwell powered home with a header just before half time before Bolton Wanderers equalised against the run of play through a long range effort by Mark Davies.
Latics had controlled the game for large periods and got the winner they deserved as McArthur ran and ran to keep up with play and smash home a rebound from a Victor Moses shot.
The day had an atmosphere about it from the word go thanks to the away supporters.
It all started with around 300 of them walking from the DW Stadium to the Reebok in aid of the Emma Hoolin appeal, a touching sentiment on what was a crucial day in the relegation battle.
The fans inside the ground created an atmosphere to rival most teams at home as they travelled with banners, scarfs and even a drum to really get behind their players.
Roberto Martinez made one change from the 1-1 draw with Everton as Antolin Alcaraz came in for Ronnie Stam.
Latics started on the front foot from the out as Moses, Jean Beausejour and Emmerson Boyce threatened down the wings time after time.
The first chance for Latics fell to Moses who baffled the Bolton defence with his dribbling but, could only find the side netting with his striker.
You couldn't tell that this was a team at the bottom of the table as Latics knocked the ball around like it was a training session.
Latics were patient and on 43 minutes they got what they deserved as Caldwell lead by example and put the away side in front.
Beausejour drifted a corner high into the box and Caldwell rose unmarked to thump the ball into the back of the net.
As Wigan went into half time a goal up, Bolton had a lot of work to do to get back into the game.
They brought on Ryo Miyaichi at half time to try and make a difference but, it was Latics again who came out stronger.
Boyce had a golden opportunity to put his side 2-0 up as he battled off defenders from a Jordi Gomez free kick but, with the goal to aim at he dragged his shot wide.
Latics could have then arguably had a penalty as Boyce was pushed over in the box by the substitute Miyaichi but, Howard Webb waved play on.
It was a penalty that would have welcomed 10 minutes later as Bolton scored against the run of play to make it 1-1.
Mark Davies found himself in space 25 yards out after a long ball was knocked down by David N'Gog and he opened fire seeing his shot rise into the top corner of the goal.
On 74 minutes Martinez brought on Hugo Rodallega for Gomez to add some pace to the attack and just two minutes later it paid off.
Rodallega, Moses and McArthur had the Bolton defenders on their heels as they confused them on the counter.
Moses raced down the left wing and broke free of the back line only for Adam Bogdan to parry his shot but, step up McArthur to make himself a Latics hero.
The Scottish midfielder pounced on the rebound and fired the ball home with the side of his foot and the ground erupted as the supporters and players went into a frenzy.
Latics could have made it three or four late on with missed chances on the counter by Rodallega and Di Santo but, it was the former Bolton man Ali Al Habsi who kept the team in the lead.
Miyaichi broke free down the left and was one on one from a tight angle, his shot looked to be curling into the bottom corner but, the Omani keeper had other ideas as he stretched out a big palm to turn it away for a corner.
The whole team put in a determined and passionate performance and when the full time whistle blowed they deservedly celebrated with their faithful followers.
Latics remain 20th in the Barclays Premier League but, it is a result that could change the season.
Wigan Athletic: Al-Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Di Santo (Jones 92), Moses, Gomez (Rodallega 74), McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa.
Unused subs: Nicholls, Crusat, Watson, Diame, Stam
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles (Tuncay 58), Ngog, Reo-Coker, Petrov (Ryo 45), M Davies, K Davies (Klasnic 63).
Unused subs: Jaaskelainen, Pratley, Muamba, Boyata,