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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Wigan Athletic

Bakary Sako
Bakary Sako has scored four of his five goals this season at Molineux

Wigan's winless run was extended to six games as Bakary Sako rescued a point for Wolves at Molineux.

Dave Edwards was unmarked as he headed Wolves in front from Rajiv van La Parra's cross.

The Latics were level two minutes later when James Perch headed in from close range before Marc-Antoine Fortune put the visitors ahead right on half-time.

But Mali international Sako struck from the edge of the area after James Henry had missed Scott Golbourne's corner.

The point means Wolves stay one spot outside the play-off places on goal difference, while Wigan are just three points and one place above the relegation zone.

There were few chances in the opening period of the game until Edwards got the first goal.

Wigan's winless run
Wigan have won just twice all season, against fellow strugglers Blackpool (1-0) and Birmingham City (4-0).
They have won none of their last six games, drawing three and losing three.
They began the season with a draw and two losses in the Championship, as well as losing 2-1 at League Two side Burton in the League Cup.

The Welsh international, who was recalled to the starting line-up after being on the bench for the last two games, found himself unmarked 12 yards out and coolly headed home van La Parra's ball into the box.

And the poor defending continued two minutes later as former Newcastle defender Perch rose above a static Wolves defence to nod in Shaun Maloney's free-kick from two yards out.

The goal galvanised the visitors, who took control of the game, as Andrew Taylor whipped in a cross that left which evaded two Wolves defenders and found Fortune, who fired a rising drive past Carl Ikeme.

Wolves began the second half stronger and former Wigan striker Nouha Dicko and Sako both went close before Sako got the equaliser.

Henry took a swing at Golbourne's corner from the left and missed the ball before it ran to Sako, who side-footed home from the edge of the area through a crowded goalmouth.

Wolves searched for a winner as Scott Carson tipped away an Edwards header, while Matt Doherty headed against the bar in the 87th minute.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "I think, with regard to a possible move for Bakary Sako, that is the case with any player. If someone is very, very good in the Championship then they are vulnerable to the next set of clubs going forward.

"Gareth Bale still got bought by Real Madrid. There is always somebody that can do well enough for the next set of clubs to take them. But it is not something that we want. We are happy with him here and long may it continue."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler: "This is a difficult place to come and we had a game plan that worked well.

"I think we frustrated them in many ways. But when we won the ball we weren't as good as we can be. The first goal should not be conceded at our level but we responded very well. Overall I would say it is a fair point."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6BatthBooked at 74mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 3Golbourne
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forHenryat 60'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 4Edwards
  • 15Rowe
  • 10SakoBooked at 54mins
  • 40DickoSubstituted forSagboat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 8Saville
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Sagbo
  • 13McCarey
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs

Wigan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 4RamisBooked at 17mins
  • 25Barnett
  • 3Taylor
  • 19Cowie
  • 14HuwsBooked at 21mins
  • 36KvistBooked at 40minsSubstituted forForshawat 57'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forMcManamanat 84'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Maloney
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forDelortat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 15McManaman
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 29Forshaw
  • 30Kiernan
  • 49Delort
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
21,288

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Henry with a cross following a corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nouha Dicko because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

  8. Booking

    Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Danny Batth with a headed pass following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman tries a through ball, but Andy Delort is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Delort (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces James McClean.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James McClean following a set piece situation.