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  • Wolverhampton 0-2 Wigan Athletic: McCarthy , N'Zogbia score

    Goals from James McCarthy and Charles N'Zogbia gave Wigan a 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux.

    An entertaining match with plenty of chances was edged by the finishing quality of Wigan, while for Wolves Sylvan Ebanks-Blake again failed to score despite some good delivery from his team-mates.

    Wolves, who lost defender Richard Stearman to a second yellow card in first-half injury-time, had the better chances after going down to 10 men but Wigan went ahead against the run of play thanks to McCarthy's finish.

    Wigan themselves went a man down when Hendry Thomas received his second caution but it did not deter them from getting a second, N'Zogbia picking up the ball and firing low past Marcus Hahnemann after Hugo Rodallega exploited hesitant defending from Michael Mancienne.

    In truth though Wolves were lucky to be level at half-time, with the visitors repeatedly denied by some superb goalkeeping by Hahnemann, who saved the Rodallega penalty that arose from Stearman's sending-off.

    An end-to-end first half had everything apart from goals as Wigan just edged the balance of play, Hahnemann keeping them at bay with several heroic stops.

    The American made good saves from N'Zogbia and four times from poor Rodallega who, when he did beat Hahnemann with a long-range drive, was denied by the post.

    Wolves also attacked with intent, with Nenad Milijas seeing a free-kick deflected wide and Ebanks-Blake and Jody Craddock both firing over from close range after balls from the Serb, whose deliveries were hit-and-miss but the main source of the hosts' threat.

    The real chance to break the deadlock came in first-half injury-time when Stearman, already booked for a late tackle on Paul Scharner, pulled back McCarthy in the box and was shown a second yellow card.

    Rodallega stepped up but, for a fifth time in 45 minutes, Hahnemann dashed his hopes of a goal, flying to his right to parry the low finish and doing just enough to put Scharner off for the rebound.

    Despite being a man light, Wolves started the second half brighter than their guests, with the introduction of David Jones for winger Matthew Jarvis making them steelier and more compact.

    But it was Wigan who took the lead. N'Zogbia raced down the right wing, cutting inside before laying the ball up for Rodellaga.

    The Honduran striker was again denied by Hahnemann bravely diving in, but McCarthy was on hand to rifle the rebound home on the hour mark.

    Wolves sensed a way back into the match after Thomas foolishly clattered into Stephen Ward, having already been booked for a kick on the same player earlier in the match.

    They were unable to capitalise on the level playing field though, and soon afterwards Mancienne's hesitance allowed the ever-ready Rodallega to nick the ball away from him and let N'Zogbia race clear.

    The Frenchman cut inside from the right to drill the ball past Hahnemann into the bottom left to seal the win for Wigan and earn himself a booking for over-exhuberant celebrations.

    Roberto Martinez's Latics leapfrog Wolves, Burnley and Blackburn to 13th in a congested bottom half of the table.

    Mick McCarthy's side slip to 16th, one point above the drop zone.



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