Thursday 19 October 2017

McCarthy shines in bore draw

Wigan 0
Bolton 0

James McCarthy battles with Matthew Taylor during the match between Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers. Photo: Getty Images
James McCarthy battles with Matthew Taylor during the match between Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers. Photo: Getty Images

Ken Gaunt

Charles N'Zogbia hit the post as relegation rivals Wigan and Bolton fought out a goalless draw last night.

Wigan forward N'Zogbia went the closest of either side to settling a scrappy Premier League encounter after a smart run early in the first half.

It was another bright showing by Ireland's James McCarthy, but the Latics couldn't break the deadlock.

The point was enough to lift both struggling sides up places in the table -- Wigan to 14th and Bolton 18th -- but both may rue missed opportunities in a game of few chances.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez again kept new signing Victor Moses waiting for his first start, but did hand a full debut to on-loan Bolivian forward Marcelo Moreno.

With in-form McCarthy also proving his fitness to feature, Wigan hoped to take the game to their rivals but Bolton proved predictably dogged opponents.

Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander offered a threat for Bolton up front but both were frustrated in their efforts.

The rearranged match, postponed in December due to wintry weather, was never destined to be a classic on another freezing cold night that saw snow greet kick-off.

N'Zogbia almost opened the scoring with the first moment of real quality in the match. The England-qualified Frenchman brilliantly cut inside two defenders after 20 minutes but his curling effort clipped the post.

McCarthy turned neatly to create a chance for Wigan but Jaaskelainen was not troubled by his shot. McCarthy also had a shot blocked as Bolton scrambled clear. N'Zogbia burst forward as Wigan tried to finish with a flourish but Rodallega shot into the side-netting with two minutes left.



  • WEST HAM have agreed to pay Alan Curbishley £2.2m to end their dispute over his departure from the club 17 months ago. Curbishley won his case against the club for constructive dismissal in November.


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