Last Updated: 11/02/12 5:44pm
FULL TIME: Wigan have closed the gap on Bolton in the relegation battle thanks to a superb 2-1 victory at the Reebok. The Latics' first win in 10 games will ensure another Premier League survival fight. Gary Caldwell headed them ahead just before the break but the hosts hit back thanks to a stunning strike by Mark Davies after the hour mark. However, James McArthur won the game with 16 minutes remaining with a close-range finish and the visitors had Ali Al Habsi to thank after the keeper producing a wonder save to deny Trotters new boy Ryo Miyaichi near the end.
Wigan counter through Franco Di Santo but his toe poke towards goal is blocked by Adam Bogdan. The game the really stretched now!
Hugo Rodallega shows far too much of the ball to Sam Ricketts and Wanderers launch the ball forward.
WHAT A SAVE! David Ngog pass finds Miyaichi and the winger's left-foot strike looks to be heading to the far corner but for a magnificent save by former Trotters stopper Ali Al Habsi.
Ryo Miyaichi does well again down the left before his cross picks out Ivan Klasnic, but the striker hooks his shot well over the crossbar.
Remember, a win for Wigan would take them to within a point of Bolton and pile the pressure on Owen Coyle's men.
After getting themselves back on level terms, Bolton thought they were in this game until Wigan went back up the field to retake the lead here at the Reebok.
The visitors are back in the lead at the Reebok! Victor Moses gets away and from the Bolton backline and although his right-foot shot is parried by Adam Bogdan, McArthur is there to tuck the ball into an empty net for only his second Latics' goal.
Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi has been clocked running 100 metres in a time of 10.84 second did you know. He was certainly burning rubber down the left just a moment ago creating that chance for Klasnic.
Davies is now renowned for being a goalscorer but boy did the home side need that after creating hardly anything all afternooon. Talk about a bolt from the blue!
A goal out of nothing for Bolton and what a goal! Adam Bogdan's long punt downfield comes off David Ngog's back and falls into the path of Davies who thumps a stunning left-foot shot into the top corner. Cracking strike!
Roberto Martinez's side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 Premier League games, so I'm sure it'll get nervous as the clock ticks down.
Ryo Miyaichi looks for David Ngog at the back post and now Nigel Reo-Coker bundles James McArthur in the back for an obvious foul.
At the other end, David Wheater rather surprisingly gets his shot on target but Ali Al Habsi is right behind it.
LET OFF FOR BOLTON! Victor Moses makes a fine run down the right before picking out James McArthur's run in the box but Adam Bogdan is down to make a fine stop.
Of course, scoring goals has become a bit of a problem for the hosts. They have failed to score in three of their last four league matches!
Bolton have already made two changes and Owen Coyle will hope his side can pick the tempo up as we approach the hour mark.
SUBSTITUTION: Tuncay Sanli replaces Chris Eagles as expected then. The Turkish international has yet to score a goal since arriving at the Reebok.
YELLOW CARD: Kevin Davies slides through Maynor Figueroa and is immediately shown a yellow card. His 101st career booking.
PENALTY SHOUT! Emmerson Boyce claims he is brought down by substitute Ryo Miyaichi, but nothing is given.
The two thousand visiting fans are certainly enjoying themselves this afternoon. A few smoke bombs have gone off in the away end after that goal and the stewards are out in numbers.
Bolton have won just two of their last 14 Premier League home games (W2 D2 L10). And in freezing conditions in the North West, it's not looking good at the moment for Trotters' fans.
Jordi Gomez goes down under the challenge of Zat Knight and claims a penalty, but replays show it looked very much like a dive and he's lucky Howard Webb didn't book him. That would mean a red, having already been shown a yellow card.
Remember, Wigan have gone nine Premier League matches without a win (W0 D4 L5). Could this be their day I wonder?
CLOSE FOR WIGAN! The visitors launch the ball into the box and Franco Di Santo's touch finds Emmerson Boyce of all people, but the full-back takes a wild swing at the ball and it goes inches wide of goal with Adam Bogdan a relieved man.
The Latics have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet away from home and they have lost three and won none of their last four road trips.
So, Bolton get us back underway for this second half and maybe the Japanese winger can do something about it!
SUBSTITUTION: The man from Arsenal, Ryo Miyaichi replaces Martin Petrov at the start of the second half for Bolton.
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Bolton are now 5/1 to claim victory with SKY BET, who make Wigan 4/7 and the draw 9/4. My pre-match prediction of 1-1, which was 11/2 is now 3/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.
HALF TIME: Bolton are booed off the field after watching their side concede a goal just before the break. Gary Caldwell climbed above David Wheater to head home Beausejour's corner past a helpless Adam Bogdan. The Latics deserved to be ahead, dominated possession and created all the chances in the opening 45 minutes.
That could be a massive goal by Wigan! The resulting corner by Jean Beausejour is powered into the back of the net by the towering Caldwell from 6 yards out. Only his second goal of the season!
GOOD SAVE! Franco Di Santo goes on a weaving run before hitting a sizzling shot which Adam Bogdan has to turn around the post.
James McCarthy and James McArthur are dominating Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies in the middle of the park.
The Bulgarian's left-footer is a good one too but the visitors managae to clear their lines and attempt to counter through James McCarthy but he runs out of space.
Kevin Davies is brought down by James McArthur for a free-kick and Martin Petrov will swing this over.
Di Santo goes down in the box rather cheaply. The striker has to watch himself, being on a yellow card.
Franco Di Santo looks for the run of Emmerson Boyce and now Bolton win a free-kick much to the relief of the home supporters, who are voicing their anger right now.
Wigan have not won a game since mid-December. They've had 80 per cent of possession in the last five minutes and it's all one way.
Jean Beausejour's left-wing cross is a cracker and has Franco Di Santo stretching to reach the ball.
Jordi Gomez and Mark Davies collide in the middle of the field and Howard Webb is quickly in to award Wigan the free-kick.
Nice build-up play by Athletic knocking the ball about with great confidence until Antolin Alcaraz lashes the ball out of play.
The ball in is headed straight out and the resulting throw is collected by the ever alert Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.
James McCarthy finds some space out 20 yards out but drills his effort wide of goal. He's gone a year since his last goal!
The Latics win a free-kick outside the Bolton box but Jordi Gomez's short kick is cleared out for a throw.
YELLOW CARD: Franco Di Santo is booked for blocking Adam Bogdan's attempted clearance. The striker put his foot up and Bogdan seemed to just strike the ball against his right-foot. Bit harsh I feel!
James McArthur finds James McCarthy and Emmerson Boyce's attempted cross is turned around for a corner by Adam Bogdan. That attempted cross was heading for the bottom corner.
Bolton win a free-kick after James McArthur is caught on the ball and the midfielder blames Jean Beausejour for a poor pass.
SO CLOSE FOR WIGAN! Franco Di Santo - making his 50th appearance for the club picks up the ball before unleashing a stunning right-foot piledriver which just clears the crossbar.
The corner is deep and headed out to Nigel Reo-Coker this time, but the midfielder hacks his volley well, well wide.
Bolton win a free-kick and Chris Eagles' inswinger is headed out to Zat Knight whose shot takes a deflection for a corner.
This is better football by the visitors although it comes to an abrupt end as Jordi Gomez losses control of the ball.
Fantastic breakaway by Victor Moses who gets himself into a fine position but lacks the accuracy with his left-foot drive and can only hit the side netting.
Medical staff look to have done their job and now Bolton have a free-kick which Martin Petrov delivers but Gary Caldwell heads the ball away.
Referee Howard Webb hasn't issued a booking for Gomez, even though Ricketts took a clattering in that incident.
Jordi Gomez fells Samuel Ricketts in the middle of the park and the Bolton man is in need of some immediate attention.
Bolton have won three out of the four games against sides in the bottom three this season and they'll be favourites to bag another win today.
Bolton fan Matty emails me to say: "Expecting nothing less than 3 points but I honestly can't understand why Coyle's dropping Muamba. There was some stats going round this week saying that in games which Muamba's not played or has been subbed, we've got points from only 1 out of 16 games. Ah well, in Coyle we trust, 3-0 Bolton with Miyaichi to score at least one." If the Japanese winger gets on today Matty!
Owen Coyle has described this game as a 'must win' today and they've started like a house on fire. Wigan have yet to settle although they win a deep in home territory.
However, saying that, it's been end-to-end since the opening whistle at the Reebok. Bolton have lined up in a 4-4-2 formation. The first time in a while Kevin Davies and David Ngog have lined up together.
Remember, Wigan have gone nine games without a win, so it's bound to be a nervous and tense encounter today.
At the other end Chris Eagles' shot takes a deflection off the hand of Gary Caldwell but referee Howard Webb waves away appeals.
Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa go for the same ball at the near post and the confusion almost results in an own goal.
If Bolton were to win today, they would move seven points above their neighbours in the Premier League. The hosts are in their traditional white shirts and black shorts while Wigan are in blue shirts and white shorts.
The away team Wigan get the game underway at the Reebok then. Let's hope for a cracking Lancashire derby!
Surprising to see Hugo Rodallega and Mohamed Diame on the Latics' bench. Looks like Wigan are going to line-up in a 3-5-2 formation.
Just to add, England Under-21 striker Marvin Sordell, who signed for Bolton on deadline day for £4million, has been ruled out with an eye injury.
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Meanwhile, Gretar Steinsson returns from injury to bolster the Bolton defence. Steinsson replaces Fabrice Muamba in Owen Coyle's only change to the side that lost last week at Norwich. On-loan new boy Ryo Miyaichi is on the bench but Tim Ream fails to make the squad.
So, Roberto Martinez makes one change as his side seeks the win which would take them level on points with the Trotters, with Antolin Alcaraz replaces Ronnie Stam.
BOLTON: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Ngog. SUBS: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Sanli, Klasnic, Pratley, Boyata, Miyaichi.
WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Alcaraz, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Moses, Di Santo. SUBS: Pollitt, Crusat, Watson, Jones, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.
Let's have a quick look at today's betting as we await the teams. Bolton are Evens to claim victory with SKY BET, who make Wigan 11/4 and the draw 12/5. Wanderers' David Ngog is favourite to score the first goal for the home side at 5/1 and he's 8-1 to bag a brace. Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies are both 6/1. New loan signing Ryo Miyaichi is a good shout at 3/1 to score in 90 minutes. The Latics' Hugo Rodallega is an 15/2 shot for the visitors while Franco di Santo is 8/1 and 100/1 to score a hat-trick. Victor Moses is 9/1 while Jordi Gomez is 33/1 to score a brace. I'm going for a pre-match prediction of 1-1, which is 11/2. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.
Bolton fan Eddie is first one to Tweet me today and he says: "Nothing less than three points today! A win today will hopefully see Wigan relagated."
Martinez is also pleased to have Hugo Rodallega, the Latics' top scorer for the past two seasons and the hero of last year's survival fight, on board for the ongoing relegation battle. Rodallega has scored just twice for the Premier League bottom side this season but his campaign has been affected by injuries. "Hugo has been nothing but a great professional, bringing great standards on a daily basis. In the last two years we have seen what he has done on the football pitch and we need Hugo at 100 per cent. We need him enjoying his football. Since the transfer deadline, in many ways, we have found a new player and we need to enjoy Hugo's quality until the end of the season." Do you Latics' fans agree with Martinez's thoughts and do you feel Rodallega can save you from relegation? Email Raz...that's me! at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.
The two clubs - these days less than eight miles apart following their moves to modern stadia - have enjoyed a fierce local rivalry for decades and this year the stakes are high. Bolton are only four points better off than Latics in the fight to avoid the drop and, with 14 games left, the margins for error are narrowing. Martinez said: "We are looking at our home games and feeling we have to win every single one of them. It is going to be the same for Bolton. It is a big derby for ourselves. It is always a special game but now this season, with both clubs fighting to avoid relegation, it has got an extra meaning. But we know we have to reach a very good level in all the next 14 games. It is no good to go to Bolton and get a fantastic result and then have three bad performances."
The Latics will be out to avenge October's 3-1 home defeat to the Trotters. Wigan have not done well against their neighbours recently having gone eight Premier League games without success since a 1-0 win in December 2008. However, their current run of form is more worrying. Since beating West Brom in December the Latics are now nine top-flight games without a victory. Martinez is well aware today's encounter is likely to be a tense affair.
Do you Wanderers' fans agree with Coyle's assessment? And what do you think about the signings of Tim Ream and fellow January recruit Ryo Miyaichi, who are both set to start today? Email Raz...that's me! at email@example.com or Tweet me @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle says that he feels there are plenty of twists and turns to come yet in the scrap for Premier League survival, starting this afternoon. "It is so intriguing and that is why we love the league - it is the best league in the world. We will all have our own beliefs about how we will go about it with the players we have. But from our end, I am totally convinced that we will be out of the bottom three come the end of the season."
This game should be a real Lancashire derby six-pointer at the Reebok. Expect it to be tight and tense!
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