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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
22:22 18th August 2009

King Keogh

Wigan Athletic 0

Wolves 1 (Keogh 6)

Though they had to withstand heavy pressure late on, Wolves were full value for their first ever away victory in the Premier League as Andy Keogh's early goal proved to be the deciding factor against Wigan at The DW Stadium.

With Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Foley both unfit, Richard Stearman and Dave Edwards were drafted into the side with Keogh playing as a lone striker supported by Matt Jarvis and Greg Halford. On the bench was 16-year-old Academy striker James Spray.

A foul by Keogh on Jason Koumas near the left-hand corner flag with just two minutes gone provided the first moment of danger for the visiting defence. Koumas took the free-kick and Wayne Hennessey's punch dropped to Jordi Gomez who shot woefully wide from 20-yards.

Keogh was much closer with Wolves' first goal attempt with his shot from the left of goal hitting the inside of the far post before bouncing to safety.

But Wigan weren't so lucky in the sixth minute as Wolves moved into the lead. Nenad Milijaš floated over a free-kick from the left and Keogh's glancing header went in of the base of the same post that had denied moments earlier.

Koumas had a chance to level when he ran into the left of Hennessey's area but his drive was well wide of the far post.

Mario Melchiot had to react quickly and concede a corner to prevent Jarvis having a free run on goal. From Milijaš's flag-kick Keogh headed on to Halford who hooked the ball over from eight-yards.

Chris Kirkland dived low to save after another Milijaš corner had been flicked on by Halford. The ball struck Jody Craddock and bounced towards the goal forcing a smart reaction from the keeper.

A Hendry Thomas free-kick from 30-yards went straight through to Hennessey and Halford's rising drive from a similar distance at the other end wasn't too far over the angle.

After Charles N'Zogbia's shot took a deflection off Stephen Ward, with the ball looping uncomfortably close to the bar, Koumas's corner resulted in a scramble with Hugo Rodallega running in to hit a low shot that bounced clear off a defender's legs.

N'Zogbia looked to have fouled Ward as he ran through on goal but Hennessey managed to block and, as Wigan kept up the pressure, Ward came to the rescue with a last ditch tackle at the far post after Hennessey lost a cross and N'Zogbia looked odds on to proper.

Half-Time: Wigan 0 Wolves 1

Stearman's challenge on Koumas resulted in a free-kick near the left hand corner of the visitors area but Rodallego's curling shot was safely gathered by Hennessey.

Seconds after David Jones was introduced as a 56th minute replacement for Milijaš, Wolves were the victims of an appalling piece of refereeing by Mike Jones.

Keogh clearly had his ankles clipped by Titus Bramble as he ran into the Wigan box for a clear penalty. But the official, who was perfectly placed, waved away the appeals and then, to add insult to injury, booked the Irishman for diving.

Andrew Surman became Wolves' second substitute when he went on for Halford and when his 68th minute cross was headed out to Jones, the midfielder fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

Stearman went into the book for a challenge on N'Zogbia and then, when Paul Sharner tried his luck from 30-yards, Hennessey needed two attempts to gather as the home forwards raced in.

With 15 minutes remaining the travelling supporters held their breath after Karl Henry's penalty box challenge on Jason Scotland but again the referee shook his head.

Scott Sinclair and Melchiot combined to open up a chance for Rodallega but his shot was deflected wide and then Ward was hurt as he cleared a Scotland cross that had flew dangerously through the six-yard box.

With time running out Sinclair powered a header inches wide after Gomez had crossed and, in stoppage time, Edwards was booked for pulling back N'Zogbia.

The Wanderers rearguard chased out as the free-kick was planted into the box but the flag stayed down and with the goal at his mercy Sharner shot wide.

Seconds later, to the delight of the 4,000 fans packed into the visitors end of the stadium, the final whistle blew to signal a fully deserved win for Mick McCarthy's men.

It was the first top flight victory away from Molineux since January, 1984.

Wigan: Kirkland, Thomas, Scharner, Koumas (Sinclair 62), Brown (Scotland 62), N'Zogbia, Gomez, Bramble, Rodallega, Melchiot (capt),

Unused subs: Edman, Watson, Pollitt, Boyce, King.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Milijaš (Jones 56), Craddock (capt), Mancienne, Halford (Surman 65), Edwards, Keogh (Vokes 81), Henry, Jarvis.

Unused subs: Elokobi, Hahnemann, Zubar, Spray.

Bookings: Keogh (57 - diving), Stearman (72 - foul), Edwards (90 - foul).

Referee: M. Jones.

Attendance: 16,661.

    Data provided by Press Association

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