Brett Pitman was fouled on the halfway line, but the referee decided to let play continue. A poor backpass saw Grabban nip in, pick up the ball and round the keeper to slot home his fourth of the season from a tight angle.
MAN OF THE MATCH
VIEW FROM US
well deserved win today for #afcb could have easily been 3-0….. Coyle seems to have ruined a good footballing side already.
— terry persence (@terrypersence) August 17, 2013
— Ashley Hover (@AshHover) August 17, 2013
What a waste of a trip. Game full of shit individual performances and stupid decisions. Fucking shit Wigan. Refund me some money! #WAFC
— Lewis W (@lew_wigan) August 17, 2013
— The Away Fans (@theawayfans) August 17, 2013
THE STARTING ELEVEN
The current FA cup holders come a cropper in a keenly fought content contest
It’s hard to forget last weeks drubbing in a hurry, but getting back to winning ways against the current FA cup holders is a good starting point. And, it gives us some sort of revenge for last seasons cup defeat.
After seeing six goals go into the Cherries net, getting back to Dean Court gave the team the opportunity to show their mettle. Ex-Premiership side, with their ex-Premiership manager, Wigan looked to provide stiff opposition.
The first half hardly burst into life, but top scorer Lewis Grabban had a great opportunity early on to add to his tally, but his shot was kicked off the line. The game settled down into a steady rhythm with the visitors looking to impose themselves on the game. There were moments where their class shone through, but these were few and far between. And, a certain Mr Boyce was trying his best to bully the home side, but was getting short change.
The game became a match late on in the first half when the referee let another poor challenge go unpunished. A poor back pass saw Grabban nip in, pick up the ball and go round the keeper to produce a cool finish and send the home side in front at the break.
The second half was a much more feisty affair with a few tasty tackles going in from both sides. Again, much going unpunished by the referee, or making poor decisions. Admittedly, he wasn’t getting much help form the linesman, who got four decisions in a row wrong. Take note Mr Coyle, ‘It seemed every decision that was given today went against Wigan Athletic’. If he had been on the other side of the ground he might have had a different opinion.
I’m struggling to remember a decent Wigan chance (according to the BBC stats, only 1 shot on target), but I don’t have much trouble remember the challenge on Pitman. I was too far away to make a truly accurate comment, but Howe and Coyle weren’t. After the game Coyle was banging on about the decision, but it didn’t really change the outcome of the match. He made some comment about players surrounding the ref. That all do it, it seems all managers have selective memory’s when it suits.
Anyway getting back to the game, the Cherries were awarded a penalty to add to Wigan’s woe. It looked a bit soft, but Pitman stepped up and Carson guessed right for a decent save. The game continued to ebb and flow and the Cherries were starting to look content with the result and started sitting back too often, But, Wigan, simply didn’t have anything to offer and Maloney, a player I rate, was looking despondent and looking at an inevitable defeat. Six minutes of injury time, gave the visitors hope, but they could only shot directly into the Bournemouth wall. The final whistle brought another three points, another step up the learning curve of the Championship and 7th place, six above Wigan.