Superb Sigurdsson sinks Latics

Rockbottom Wigan were booed off as manager Roberto Martinez suffered more misery at the DW Stadium, losing 2-0 to his former club Swansea.

Last Updated: 03/03/12 at 17:19 Post Comment

Sigurdsson: Celebrates his stunning second goal

Sigurdsson: Celebrates his stunning second goal

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Gylfi Sigurdsson's well-taken double either side of the interval was enough to secure a deserved triumph for Swansea, who even managed to survive the last half-hour with 10-men following the dismissal of Nathan Dyer.

It means Wigan have now gone 12 matches without a win at home, a record that will almost certainly condemn them to the Championship after seven years with the big boys if they cannot change it.

Stuart Pearce was a surprise guest, having spurned the counter attraction at Manchester City to run the rule over potential candidates for England, England Under-21, Olympics and every other job he seems to be doing at the moment.

Until his early departure, Dyer impressed most, charging on to Sigurdsson's defence-splitting pass before bringing an excellent low save out of Ali Al Habsi.

Dyer then turned provider in much the same way as Sigurdsson had done to set up Scott Sinclair.

He skipped round Al Habsi, then turned the ball goalwards, only for James McCarthy to dash back and bundle off the line.

Earlier, Sinclair had rasped a half-volley wide as Swansea enjoyed their usual dominance of possession and it must have been with some incredulity that the visitors approached the break still level.

After all, Wigan had created very little.

Franco di Santo appeared to duck under a teasing cross from Jean Beausejour when all it needed was a firm touch to find the net.

Emmerson Boyce brought a decent low save out of returning keeper Michel Vorm.

There was little else for the home fans to enthuse about, so it was no surprise boos rang out at the half-time whistle, by which time Sigurdsson had struck.

Sensing Wigan had momentarily fallen asleep as the seconds ticked down to the break, Sigurdsson took his chance, curling a shot into the top corner that gave Al Habsi no hope of keeping it out.

Martinez opted to make a double change at the break, introducing Victor Moses and Mohamed Diame in a bid to get some extra attacking invention from his side.

Far too quickly though, they found themselves two adrift after Moses tripped Dyer just outside the box.

In fact, Sigurdsson found himself in roughly the same position as the one he had previously scored from - and he promptly did exactly the same thing.

It was a hammer blow for Wigan and it was difficult to see a way back into the contest for them.

Dyer provided it. Whatever his ability, needless tackles will get him into trouble.

On another day, referee Andre Marriner may not have felt his high tackle on Jordi Gomez warranted a red card. After all, it was not particularly dangerous.

This time around, Dyer saw red and Swansea were left to battle on a man down for the final half hour.

Through Diame, Moses and Di Santo, Wigan tried to pressure their opponents into mistakes.

Swansea are learning fast, though. They refused to lunge in and when Wigan prepared to take a corner, Sinclair even managed to waste time - and spark a melee - by claiming an injury the hosts clearly did not feel existed.

It certainly appears that the visitors' top-flight future is far more assured than Wigan's, who if they cannot win matches like this must wonder how they expect to collect the points required to preserve their status.

With nine minutes remaining, substitute Hugo Rodallega brought an excellent save out of Vorm.

But the hosts created little after that and they are now in big trouble.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley 1-3 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 17 August 2014
16:00
Newcastle 0-2 Man City Report
13:30
Liverpool 2-1 Southampton Report
Saturday, 16 August 2014
17:30
Arsenal 2-1 C Palace Report
15:00
Leicester 2-2 Everton Report
QPR 0-1 Hull City Report
Stoke 0-1 A Villa Report
West Brom 2-2 S'land Report
West Ham 0-1 Tottenham Report
12:45
Man Utd 1-2 Swansea Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants rival Petr Cech to stay

Thibaut Courtois wants Petr Cech, his rival for the Chelsea goalkeeper's jersey, to stay at the club.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger slams decision to send off Aaron Ramsey

Arsene Wenger described Aaron Ramsey's dismissal as "unacceptable" after Arsenal picked up a 0-0 draw at Besiktas.

Sky Bet Championship: Nottingham Forest go top, level with Cardiff, Charlton and Millwall

Nottingham Forest came from behind to replace Bournemouth at the top, level with Cardiff, Charlton and Millwall.

Mail Box

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

Man United Fans Still Pining For Mourinho

The morning mailbox ponders where United might be now had the club appointed Jose Mourinho last season, while Chelsea fans are getting very excited...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property