Wigan Athletic 0-2 Swansea City
Last Updated: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 17:17
Ten man Swansea heaped more misery on former boss Roberto Martinez with a 2-0 win over basement club Wigan at the DW Stadium.
This game represented a rare chance for Wigan to take maximum points as they entertained Brendan Rogers' Swansea, who have a pretty wretched record away from home, but they never looked like doing that on another poor afternoon for Martinez.
The Latics did actually start the game brightly but they couldn't muster even a shot throughout the entire first half and as Swansea grew into the game the result looked inevitable.
Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer looked to hold the biggest threat for the Swans as they threatened Ali Al-Habsi's goal on numerous occasions, but the goalkeeper was in fine form.
However, just when Wigan thought they had survived through to the break, Gylfi Sigurdsson unleashed a powerful right foot drive from 25 yards with the final kick of the first half that dipped and swerved away from Al-Habsi before nestling in the bottom corner.
Roberto Martinez made a double change at the break to try and spark his team into life but Sigurdsson delivered the ultimate sucker punch once again on 54 minutes with a fabulous dipping free-kick that left Al-Habsi rooted to the spot and slammed into the top corner.
Wigan were given a lifeline when Nathan Dyer was shown a harsh straight red card for a tackle on Jordi Gomez but they couldn't force any sort of comeback against the ten men and thousands of desolate fans left well before the end.
The defeat leaves Wigan rooted to the foot of the Premier League once again but Swansea are now 11 points clear of danger and look to have almost guaranteed their Premier League survival.