Missed chances cost Latics in defeat
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 3
Report by Nick Taylor
Wigan Athletic went down 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux despite creating a catalogue of chances and looking threatening in attack.
The defeat leaves Latics winless in eight league games and bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
Ben Watson's goal wasn't enough for Latics as Jamie O'Hara, David Edwards and Stephen Ward all scored for Wolves.
Roberto Martinez set his side out to attack from the offset with Franco Di Santo replacing Albert Crusat in the starting line-up.
Steve Gohouri also returned to the side due to Gary Caldwell's suspension.
Mick McCarthy's men were unchanged from their last league game against Manchester City.
And It was Wolves who created the first opportunity early in the game as Stephen Hunt broke the Latics back line and was seemingly taken down by Ali Al Habsi but no penalty was given. It was followed up by a shout for handball but again the referee let the game carry on.
The Latics front three of Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega and Di Santo were lively, pressing and pushing the Wolves back four into making a mistake.
On 19 minutes Moses used his pace to run the ball down the right wing but his cross was just too heavy for Di Santo.
The Argentinian then gathered the ball on the left wing lifting it back into the box but Mohamed Diame and Moses couldn't scramble the ball into the net as Wolves hung on.
Rodallega then had another glorious opportunity inside the area but his shot wasn't strong enough to beat keeper Wayne Hennessey.
On the half hour mark the tone of the game was set as a Latics counter resulted in Rodallega breaking one on one with Hennessey only to place the ball wide of the goal.
Seconds later Wolves opened the scoring after Kevin Doyle broke down the right hand side, Latics defence failed to deal with the cross and Jamie O'Hara side footed home to make the score 1-0.
Latics didn't let the goal get on top of them however, as they pushed from the re-start and on 41 minutes Emmerson Boyce broke free in the Wolves box being pushed to the ground by Hunt and a penalty was given.
Ben Watson stepped up to take it and for the second time this season had a spot kick saved. He followed up the rebound this time though to draw Latics level at 1-1 on 42 minutes.
After half-time Latics were on top once again with a flurry of chances from Di Santo, Moses and Rodallega but to no avail.
The story of the first goal was repeated again on 53 minutes as another break from Wolves was turned in by David Edwards after the defence failed to clear a melee in the box.
At 2-1 down Latics didn't look like giving up and Moses and Di Santo looked dangerous down the flanks.
On 64 minutes it was 3-1. Once again work by Wolves on the counter paid off as Doyle broke free crossing towards O'Hara whose shot was brilliantly saved by Al Habsi only to be finished off by Stephen Ward.
Martinez ringed the changes as Albert Crusat replaced Watson to add more of an attacking threat and despite multiple chances Latics just couldn't find that cutting edge.
Substitutes Conor Sammon and James McArthur gave Latics that extra edge with the powerful Irishman having two great chances to draw level.
Firstly his volley on the turn on the edge of the box almost lobbed Hennessey only for the keeper to get his fingertips to the ball and turn it over the bar.
He then turned well again on the edge of the box but his shot drifted just wide of the goal.
Latics looked dangerous all game going forward but couldn't find that elusive break they needed.
The squad now has a two week wait to get back in action due to the international break.
Next up for the Latics is Blackburn Rovers at home as they look to re-build and lift themselves from the foot of the table.
Latics: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz (c), Gohouri, Figueroa, Watson (Crusat 65), Diame, Jones (McArthur 78), Moses, Rodallega (Sammon 78), Di Santo.
Unused Subs: Pollitt, Lopez, McCarthy, Gomez.
Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, Guediora (Jarvis 45), Hunt, O'Hara (Milijas 83), Doyle.
Unused Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher.