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14:06 3th March 2012


Latics defeated as Swans spread their wings


Sigurdsson 45+2, 54

Report by Nick Taylor

Two goals out of the blue broke Wigan Athletic fans' hearts today as ice-cool Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a brace of long range goals and Latics couldn't capitalise on a Nathan Dyer red card.

Icelandic international Sigurdsson opened the scoring just before half time with a screamer from 25 yards and then he added a second from distance with a looping free kick that had Ali Al Habsi rooted to the spot.

Dyer's red card came midway through the second half for a dangerous high foot challenge on Jordi Gomez but, even that couldn't change the flow of the game.

Roberto Martinez welcolmed his former employers to the DW Stadium with an expectant following behind him.

He made one change to the team that drew with Aston Villa last week as Conor Sammon replaced Victor Moses.

The initial exchanges saw Latics open up the Swansea defence with Jean Beausejour down the left flank but, Swansea soon fixed their weakness and played the possession game in order to frustrate the home side.

Franco Header
Chance Goes Begging as Franco can't quite make contact

The first major chance of the game fell to Latics as Beausejour broke free down the wing and whipped in a cross to the near post but, despite a battle at the front post, Franco di Santo couldn't quite connect with a header.

Just as the game looked to be petering out to half time at 0-0, Sigurdsson was given space outside the area and nobody could close him down as he let rip with a right foot drive that sailed into the top corner, the midielder's second goal since joining the Welsh side in January.

Half time saw the introduction of Victor Moses and Mohamed Diame but, just as they began to settle into the game, Sigurdsson was at it again and on 54 minutes his right footed free kick left Al Habsi rooted to the ground as it curled into the top right hand corner.

Just six minutes later, Latics were handed an avenue back into the game as Dyer came flying across the pitch as he lost control of the ball, he led with one leg and put his studs straight into the leg of Gomez.

The ref couldn't do anything but send the winger off.

Latics looked to fire up the pressure as Martinez brought on Hugo Rodallega for Maynor Figueroa but, Swansea frustrated Wigan and piled men behind the ball.

With no route through the defence Latics were left defeated by two goals that most goalkeepers would fail to save.

Swansea battled hard for the victory with ten men and defended well but, Latics offered very little attacking threat.

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Di Santo, Gomez, McArthur (Diame 45), Boyce, Sammon (Moses 45), Beausejour, Figueroa (Rodallega 62)
Unused subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Watson, Stam

Swansea City: Vorm, Williams (c), Taylor, Caulker, Britton, Graham (Moore 75), Sinclair, Dyer, Rangel, Allan, Sigurdsson (Tate 63)
Unused subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Gower.

    Data provided by Press Association