Scharner returns to haunt Wigan

Wigan Athletic 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Despite dominating Albion, Martinez's men remain rooted to the bottom after wasting hatful of chances

The DW Stadium

Wigan missed a plethora of chances, showing a lack of confidence in front of goal in a game they should have won easily, and have now scored just 25 times in their 29 Premier League games this season, to leave themselves bottom of the table on goal difference.

James McArthur gave Wigan the lead shortly before the hour mark with only the club's ninth goal at home in the past 13 outings at the DW Stadium, but they were haunted by Paul Scharner, who was allowed to score against the club he left 19 months ago to earn Albion an unlikely draw in a game dominated by Wigan, despite their record of being winless at home since August.

"In many ways it's a really frustrating feeling, and I feel it's a football injustice, but I really enjoyed our performance and thought we controlled the game," said Roberto Martinez, the home side's manager,after the match. "The hardest thing in football is to create chances, and taking them sometimes comes from moments of form, or a bit of luck, or confidence. We haven't been able to create any momentum, and that's probably why we've lost so many points."

Four opportunities were wasted within the opening five minutes, the goal-shy Franco Di Santo guilty of three of them. The Argentinian striker, who hasn't scored since late November, forced Ben Foster to extend himself in the fifth minute as he tipped a shot from inside the area over the bar. From the resulting corner, an unmarked Gary Caldwell could only flick an effort wide from the edge of the six-yard box.

In recent weeks Wigan have lacked any threat in the box, but were trying to make amends by packing the area whenever their wide players had possession of the ball. This almost paid off on the quarter-hour as Maynor Figueroa crossed from the left and the bouncing ball was met by the impressive Emmerson Boyce, but his diving header ricocheted off the top of the bar and went over.

A Shaun Maloney corner in the 28th minute caused havoc within the Albion penalty area, as the defence could only clear the cross into the path of James McCarthy on the edge of the area, but his looping volley hit the crossbar. The rebound fell to Victor Moses one yard out, but the Nigerian failed to control the ball properly, allowing Foster to scramble it off the line and wide.

McArthur became only the second Wigan player to score a goal at the DW Stadium this year when he found the back of the net in the 54th minute. Moses bustled his way around two Albion players on the right-hand side before drilling a cross along the six-yard box which struck Maloney but landed straight at the feet of McArthur, who managed to toe-poke the ball beyond Foster and a covering defender on the line for his third goal of the season.

But going behind only served to rejuvenate the visitors, as Scharner headed home unmarked from a Chris Brunt corner 10 minutes later. The Austrian was restrained in his celebration, having made over 150 appearances for Wigan, but it showed the fragility of his former club's defensive unit at set-pieces, especially as Di Santo had headed the ball just over his own bar from another corner moments earlier.

West Bromwich's manager, Roy Hodgson, was relieved to leave Lancashire with a point. He said: "I was worried by the amount of crosses they were getting in, I thought they would score every time they got it into the box.

"I left a few players out of the team to give other players a go, so I've got to be very satisfied with a point, and sympathise with Wigan."

Wigan (3-4-3): Al Habsi; Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa (Crusat, 90); Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy (McManaman, 80), Beausejour; Moses, Di Santo, Maloney (Diamé, 80).

West Bromwich Albion (4-3-3): Foster, Jones, McAuley, Ridgewell, Shorey, Scharner, Mulumbu (Andrews, 80), Morrison, Brunt, Long, Thomas (Dorrans, 86).

Referee: Michael Oliver

Man of the match: Boyce (Wigan)

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness