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15:12 16th May 2012


Di Santo 12

Boyce 14,79


Jarvis 9

Fletcher 86

Report by Nick Taylor 

On a day that had been dubbed as 'Super Sunday', 'Seismic Sunday' and the familiar 'Survival Sunday', Latics make it a 'Celebration Sunday' as a Franco di Santo goal and Emmerson Boyce double earned them a 3-2 victory, a fitting way to end the season at home.

It wasn't made easy though for Latics as Wolves initially took the lead through Matt Jarvis before Di Santo and Boyce got Latics back ahead. Wolves attempted a late fight back when Steven Fletcher made it 3-2 but Roberto Martinez's men held on to win.

The manager made just one change from the team that won against Blackburn Rovers on Monday as Adrian Lopez came into the defence to replace Antolin Alcaraz who picked up a slight thigh injury. David Jones also missed out on making the squad due to injury.

On a day to be jubilant, Latics came firing out of the blocks and after 11 seconds had one the first corner of the game.

It set a tone for the game in terms of possessional domination and clear cut chances but it was Wolves who took a shock lead when Jarvis made it 1-0 on eight minutes.

The England international timed a run passed Lopez down the right of the defence after a well-placed pass by David Edwards, the winger opened up his body and curled the ball around an outstretched Ali Al Habsi.

Not wanting to let down their near sell-out home crowd, Latics came back fighting and just three minutes later Di Santo got the leveller.

As James McCarthy ran across the edge of the Wolves area, Di Santo capitalised on a half-hearted tackle from the Wolves defence and struck the ball low into the bottom corner of the goal passed Dorus De Vries.

Determined to force the issue and end the season on a high, Latics fought to make it 2-1 just moments later.

Maloney was the architect who won the corner that provided the goal.

The Scotsman picked up the ball just inside the Wolves area before beating two on-rushing defenders.

Wolves scrambled to put in a tackle but could only do as well as conceding a corner.

Up stepped Jean Beausejour, the man who provided Alcaraz with his goal against Blackburn.

The Chilean hit an out swinging corner to the back post and Boyce made sure that no goalkeeper in the world was going to keep out his header as it thumped beyond De Vries and into the net.

Upon taking the lead, Latics began to control the game and saw themselves into half time with little interruption from the away side.

After half time it heated up again as Latics pushed to make the score line more comfortable.

The first chance fell to Moses who dragged a shot wide of the goal after a Beausejour cross from the left wasn't cleared far enough and fell to the Nigerian on the right.

As the home side continued to force the issue, the third goal almost fell to the unlikely source of Albert Crusat's head as he leaped high in the box to try and connect with a Beausejour cross but, the Spaniard couldn't quite battle off Richard Stearman who cleared.

Crusat had another chance to make it 3-1 on 72 minutes when he latched on to a Di Santo through ball out wide on the left but saw his first time left footed shot ripple the side netting.

The third goal came seven minutes later when an expertly accurate cross field ball by Maynor Figueroa was knocked down by second half substitute Hugo Rodallega and then Boyce did the rest.

The right wing-back pulled one out of the top draw and into the top of the net with a lashed right foot volley that gave Wolves' substitute keeper Carl Ikeme no chance.

On 84 minutes the Barbadian international had a chance to make it a famous hat trick but he unselfishly attempted to cross for Rodallega in an attempt to give the Colombian his third goal of the season.

Wolves tried to spoil the party when striker Fletcher picked up on a Lopez mistake to make it 3-2 but the day belonged to Wigan Athletic who collected all three points to better last season total of 42 by a single point and cement a 15th place finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Wigan Athletic:Al Habsi, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Di Santo (Rodallega 78), Maloney (Gomez 82), Moses (Crusat 58), McArthur, Boyce, Beasejour, Lopez, Figueroa

Unused Subs:Pollitt, Watson, Sammon, Diame.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: De Vries (Ikeme 51), Edwards, Stearman, Henry, Ebanks-Blake (Fletcher 75), Ward, Hunt (Forde 58), Berra, Jarvis, Zubar, Doyle

Unused Subs:Elokobi, Johnson, Milijas, Jonsson.

    Data provided by Press Association