Monday 18 December 2017

Gomez has last laugh


Eleanor Crooks

Goals from Jordi Gomez and Hugo Rodallega lifted Wigan out of the bottom three and condemned 10-man Wolves to a fourth successive Premier League defeat.

Gomez put the hosts ahead at the DW Stadium with a brilliant free-kick in the 65th minute and Rodallega deflected in a second five minutes from time to seal the victory.

Wolves were up against it from the 11th minute, when captain Karl Henry was sent off for a shocking challenge on Gomez, but it was the Wigan midfielder who had the last laugh.

Neither side was able to take control in a scrappy opening, and Wigan found themselves temporarily without captain Antolin Alcaraz in only the seventh minute when he left the pitch to receive stitches in a head wound.

The numbers were then evened up four minutes later, but Henry's exit was to be permanent following a reckless challenge on Gomez. Referee Lee Mason had no hesitation in brandishing a red card after the Wolves captain launched himself into a challenge on Gomez, catching the Spaniard on the shins.

It was the last thing Henry needed, with the heat already on him and Wolves for a perceived over-physical style of play, while Henry was also the tackler when Fulham striker Bobby Zamora broke his leg last month.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy had no complaints with Henry's red card, and insisted there was no problem with discipline at the club.

"I thought we played well with the 10 men," he said.

"No arguments with the sending off. It's a reckless challenge, a red card. It's a bad decision (by Henry). It's just sad for Karl, he's not that way inclined with regard to kicking people. It's a deserved red card."

McCarthy added there was "no problem with discipline at the club". "The club and the discipline and the attitude of the players is fabulous."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez revealed he feared Gomez had broken his leg in the challenge. "It was very unfortunate, straight away I just felt it was broken leg," he said. "I was very worried."

"It was a hard tackle but hopefully I'm okay," Gomez said.

Sunday Independent

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