Report - Wigan Athletic 0-2 Swansea City
3rd March 2012
A superb double strike from on loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson helped get Swansea City back to winning ways, and put more relegation pressure on Wigan Athletic.
The Icelandic scored on the stroke of half time with a magnificent curling effort from distance, before doubling Swansea City's lead 9 minutes after the restart from a free-kick - another curling shot that left the home goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
The only downside to the game was Nathan Dyer's second half sending off for a tackle on Jordi Gomez - a decision that looked to be a harsh one from the referee on first viewing.
Brendan Rodgers was boosted with the return of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who missed last Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke City due to a virus. The Dutchman was back to replace Gerhard Tremmel.
The Swans had the better chances during the game, while Wigan struggled in front of goal - and didn't hide the reasons as to why they remain at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was involved in almost every Swansea City attack. The Icelandic midfielder almost created a goal early on, playing a lovely through ball to Dyer down the right, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper when Danny Graham was free inside the box.
Scott Sinclair also went close to opening the scoring in the first half after an impressive solo run from just inside Wigan's half. The winger ended it by rounding the goalkeeper, but covering defenders blocked his shot off the line.
Sigurdsson got the Swans off and running 2 minutes into first half stoppage time. It took an excellent individual effort too, as the loanee curled in a long range over and around the goalkeeper and into the top corner.
It was vital Swansea City got another goal to give themselves further comfort in the game. They don't get the vital second goal often enough to kill off games but today they did, and it was Sigurdsson again. Another superb individual strike, this time from a free kick. The goalkeeper took a step to the right, and he was left rooted to the spot and Gylfi curled the ball into the top corner.
Joe Allen also had a chance to get a goal. The Welshman did well to steal the ball in Wigan's half, and he went through on goal but his shot was well saved.
Roberto Martinez's side were given a lifeline 12 minutes after Swansea's second goal, as Nathan Dyer was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on former Swan Jordi Gomez. The decision looked extremely harsh and one that Brendan Rodgers should consider appealing.
Despite the 1-man advantage for the hosts, they struggled to cause many problems in the final 25 minutes. Michel Vorm had a few saves to make which was to be expected, but they didn't look to be in much danger of not gaining 3 points, or even failing to keep a clean sheet.
It was a very important win for the Swans, after two consecutive defeats previously. They wanted to avoid falling into a bad run of form that could have seen them drop into a potential relegation battle, but they're 11 points clear now of the bottom 3, and it's looking promising that they're keep their Premier League status. Still a long way to go yet though...
Wigan: Ali Al Habsi, Altolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy, Gary Caldwell (capt), Franco Di Santo, Jordi Gomez, James McArthur (Mohamed Diame, ht), Emmerson Boyce, Conor Sammon(Victor Moses, ht), Jean Beausejour, Maynor Figueroa (Hugo Rodellega, 68).
Subs: Chris Kirkland, Albert Crusat, Ben Watson, Ronnie Stam.
Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Alan Tate, 63), Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham (Luke Moore, 75).
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Wayne Routledge, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower.