Saturday 24 February 2018

Late relief for Wigan


Jeremy Cross

Burnley's travel sickness is in danger of becoming a terminal illness after Brian Laws's side slumped to a cruel defeat at the DW Stadium, courtesy of Hugo Rodallega's stoppage-time header.

Wigan appear to have become an unexplainable entity this season. Having beaten Chelsea and Liverpool, they promptly struggled to break down one of the worst defences in the league and, worse still, showed little ambition to do so until Rodallega struck at the death with a powerful header from close range.

With few attacks, the main talking point was when Chris Kirkland appeared to be struck on the back of the head by an object thrown by Burnley supporters just before the hour mark. It could lead to an FA investigation.

Martin Paterson's volley from David Nugent's sublime pass clipped the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining before Brian Jensen denied Jason Scotland and Mohamed Diame. But was powerless to do the same with Rodallega.

"The good thing is that it came," said a relieved Roberto Martinez. "The way we performed in the second half, I was very pleased with. It was a very traumatic finish for us. You could feel the anxiety."

Sunday Independent

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