Shaun Maloney's 90th-minute goal rescued a draw for relegation-threatened Wigan against fellow strugglers Southampton.

The Latics led at the break courtesy of Gary Caldwell's header from 12 yards but Rickie Lambert nodded home from close range to level.

Adam Lallana crashed a half-volley off the post for Saints before Morgan Schneiderlin's side-foot made it 2-1.

But Maloney's late tap-in from two yards saw Wigan earn a vital point.

The result keeps Wigan in the bottom three and two points from safety after Reading's victory against Sunderland.

Analysis

"The expression on the Southampton players' faces tells its own story. They will feel they have tossed away two very vital points."

Saints are three points better off and, while new manager Mauricio Pochettino is still searching for his first win, he would have been hugely encouraged by another dominant performance from his side, who came agonisingly close to victory.

Wigan had the game's first chance with Saints keeper Artur Boruc pulling off a wonderful full-stretch save to deny striker Franco Di Santo, who prodded John Beausejour's low cross towards goal.

At the other end Gaston Ramirez should have put Saints ahead but after timing his run to perfection he volleyed Lambert's cross over from 10 yards out.

But Caldwell soon gave Wigan the lead, burying a header from Beausejour's corner into the bottom of the net from 12 yards.

Schneiderlin almost pulled Saints level in bizarre fashion with his block from James McCarthy's clearance on the edge of the Wigan box rebounding towards goal before being superbly tipped over the bar by Ali Al Habsi.

Jos Hooiveld went close with a header as Saints pressed hard for an equaliser but they found Caldwell and Paul Scharner in imperious form at the back, the Wigan defensive duo blocking and clearing everything thrown at them.

But their resistance was eventually broken and Saints levelled through their talisman Lambert who bravely beat Al Habsi to the ball to head home from close range after fine work from Jack Cork on the right wing.

Saints then came close to going ahead but Lallana's half-volley on the swivel crashed back off the post. Lambert volleyed wide from a Luke Shaw cross as the visitors continued to press for the winner.

And it looked to have come through midfielder Schneiderlin, who side-footed home from close range after a rapid Saints break culminating in a fine run and cross from Rodriguez.

But Wigan refused to give up and when Scharner got his head to a late corner, Maloney was there to scuff the ball over the line.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said:

"It's another point gained. It was vital.

"We've played Southampton twice and got four points and that is a very good return.

"It's vital to carry on picking up points. We have to get that consistency of picking up points and today gives me real satisfaction.

"Paul Scharner was very impressive and he brought real intensity to our defending. He will be important to us between now and the end of the season.

"We still have got many points to achieve and we have to use our experience of previous seasons."

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino:

"I'm happy with the performance but disappointed with the result but you always have to wait until the end of the match.

"The players have accepted my style very much. I'm sad for the players and thank the supporters.

"Little by little I'm learning (the language) but it will be a slow process. Body language is as important as actual language."

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 2-2 Southampton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Caldwell 25
  • Maloney 90
  • Lambert 64
  • Schneiderlin 85

Wigan

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Southampton

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Ref: MarrinerAtt: 18,598
WIGAN
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Possession

  • Wigan 46%
  • Southampton 54%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 3
  • Southampton 7

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 2
  • Southampton 8

Corners

  • Wigan 8
  • Southampton 5

Fouls

  • Wigan 6
  • Southampton 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:58 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+0:31 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Angelo Henriquez coming on for James McCarthy.
  • Correction - 89:55 Substitution Angelo Henriquez comes on in place of James McCarthy.
  • 89:03 Assist by Paul Scharner.
  • 89:03 GOAL - Shaun MaloneyWigan 2 - 2 Southampton A goal is scored by Shaun Maloney from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 2-2 Southampton.
  • 88:45 Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line.
  • 88:37 The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Jack Cork gets a block in.
  • 87:56 Foul by James Ward-Prowse on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
  • 84:33 Jay Rodriguez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 84:33 GOAL - Morgan SchneiderlinWigan 1 - 2 Southampton Morgan Schneiderlin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 1-2 Southampton.
  • 83:57 Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jack Cork.
  • 83:36 Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, Jay Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
  • 81:58 Jay Rodriguez sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:55 The referee blows for offside. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 80:12 Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 80:12 Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with James Ward-Prowse coming on for Jason Puncheon.
  • 80:12 Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.
  • 80:12 Substitution James Ward-Prowse comes on in place of Jason Puncheon.
  • 79:48 The ball is swung over by Franco Di Santo, Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:50 Morgan Schneiderlin challenges James McArthur unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:38 Long range shot from Jay Rodriguez misses to the left of the target.
  • 75:24 Centre by Adam Lallana, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 73:42 Substitution Callum McManaman comes on in place of Roger Espinoza.
  • 73:42 The ball is swung over by Rickie Lambert, Shot on goal by Jason Puncheon from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 71:54 Luke Shaw crosses the ball, Shot by Rickie Lambert from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 71:20 Jay Rodriguez has a volleyed shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 70:20 Adam Lallana produces a left-footed shot from just inside the area and hits the post.
  • 69:52 Corner taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
  • 69:39 The ball is delivered by Jason Puncheon, blocked by Jean Beausejour.
  • 69:22 The ball is sent over by Luke Shaw, clearance by Jean Beausejour.
  • 69:08 Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Shaw. Jos Hooiveld takes the free kick.
  • 67:24 Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Espinoza. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:05 Shot by Jay Rodriguez from 12 yards. Blocked by James McArthur.
  • 66:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Lallana on Jordi Gomez. Jordi Gomez delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Luke Shaw.
  • 65:41 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, Jos Hooiveld manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:03 Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Jason Puncheon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 63:32 The assist for the goal came from Jay Rodriguez.
  • 63:32 GOAL - Rickie LambertWigan 1 - 1 Southampton Rickie Lambert finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Wigan 1-1 Southampton.
  • 60:33 The ball is swung over by Franco Di Santo.
  • 59:43 Jack Cork is ruled offside. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:02 Substitution Adam Lallana replaces Nathaniel Clyne.
  • 58:26 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Blocked by James McArthur. Inswinging corner taken by Morgan Schneiderlin from the left by-line, clearance made by Franco Di Santo.
  • 55:25 Substitution Ronnie Stam leaves the field to be replaced by Jordi Gomez.
  • 55:01 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
  • 54:23 The ball is sent over by Jack Cork, Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Morgan Schneiderlin decides to take the corner short.
  • 51:55 Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:55 Booking Jack Cork is cautioned.
  • 51:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Espinoza by Jack Cork.
  • 51:25 Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Jack Cork.
  • 49:41 Ronnie Stam challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morgan Schneiderlin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 47:38 Jack Cork delivers the ball, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Gaston Ramirez leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Davis.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:15 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Jos Hooiveld. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:01 Centre by Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 44:31 The ball is delivered by Luke Shaw, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 43:30 Nathaniel Clyne crosses the ball, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 40:55 Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 40:52 A cross is delivered by Luke Shaw.
  • 39:10 Shaun Maloney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 37:12 Corner taken right-footed by Morgan Schneiderlin, Header by Jos Hooiveld from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 33:45 Maya Yoshida challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jean Beausejour restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:13 The offside flag is raised against Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Jack Cork.
  • 32:30 Jean Beausejour takes a outswinging corner.
  • 31:19 Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 31:19 Booking Jay Rodriguez receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Rodriguez on Jean Beausejour.
  • 29:58 Gaston Ramirez handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 29:20 Jason Puncheon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 27:38 Rickie Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:56 Outswinging corner taken by Gaston Ramirez.
  • 24:45 Assist on the goal came from Jean Beausejour.
  • 24:45 GOAL - Gary CaldwellWigan 1 - 0 Southampton Gary Caldwell grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Wigan 1-0 Southampton.
  • 24:15 Roger Espinoza sends in a cross, Jack Cork gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line,
  • 19:01 Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maya Yoshida. Jack Cork takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:46 Franco Di Santo challenges Jos Hooiveld unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.
  • 15:43 The ball is swung over by Rickie Lambert, Shot on goal by Gaston Ramirez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 14:44 Shaun Maloney fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:28 The ball is sent over by Jason Puncheon, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 14:02 Foul by James McCarthy on Jack Cork, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
  • 12:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 12:23 The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
  • 11:05 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
  • 10:29 Shaun Maloney produces a cross, save by Artur Boruc.
  • 9:59 Nathaniel Clyne challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:05 Maynor Figueroa fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 7:20 The ball is crossed by Jason Puncheon.
  • 6:31 Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.
  • 5:56 A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Luke Shaw gets a block in. Shaun Maloney takes the outswinging corner, Jay Rodriguez makes a clearance.
  • 4:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Nathaniel Clyne. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Jason Puncheon. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:33 Shot from 35 yards by Morgan Schneiderlin went over the net.
  • 0:20 Effort from 35 yards by Roger Espinoza missed to the right of the net.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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