Gary Caldwell of Wigan Athletic is congratulated by his team-mates after heading the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
Well a busy weekend, ended up being a very good weekend all round for me. And also for all Wigan fans. There maybe light at what has been a very long tunnel. In a display that I can only call phenomenal, Wigan showed that we can play well and win matches. And you have to ask why haven't we been doing it in the past few weeks.
Both slackers from last weekend (Gomez and Di Santo) looked somehow refreshed and energized in the game and were both unlucky not to have scored early on in the game.
It was as many would have predict a scrappy affair between the bottom two sides of the Premier League, yet out of the scrap rose Wigan who started to play that open and fluent style of play that Martinez wishes us to do so. It was starting to be the cutting edge as we pinned Bolton back into their own half.
If it hadn't been for that poor final ball or shot. We could have had an earlier and stronger lead within this game.
Jean Bueasjour stood out yet again for Wigan. The Chilean winger looked great on the left hand side and he nearly managed to find Gomez with a pin point cross into the box. The Spaniard failed to get his head to the ball.
On the other Wigan Victor Moses was having his fair share of fun tearing open the Bolton defense and again he early on could have scored, yet his shot hit the side netting.
Our pressure was surely going to have to pay off at some time. Or were we yet again going to fail at the final hurdle?
It looked for all the world it might go in level. Yet Beausejour was again in there for the Latics goal. His left sided corner kick was met by captain Gary Caldwell to steer us 1-0 into the lead for the half time. That was well deserved, and surely we can bag some more goals.
Second half and we carried on playing with that open swagger of football. And looked like we might add to our lead. James McArthur hitting his close range shot straight at Adam Bogdan, after Victor Moses had flown past the Bolton defense.
We would be made to pay for that miss, with only minutes later. Bogdan's long kick hit the back of N'Gog to bounce down to Mark Davies to slam home from 30 yards out. It looked for all the world that Wigan could throw the game away after being the better side.
Yet we rallied back to together and pushed on yet again looking to get that winner, we deserved and wanted.
Sam Ricketts playing a soft back header to his keeper, allowed the agile Moses to get into between defender and keeper, yet the wingers shot was blocked. James McArthur game storming through to tap in the rebound 2-1. Could we hold out?
We held out and got three vital point which pulled us only two from safety. Great win for the Latics and lifts the confidence all round for out home game next weekend against Aston Villa.