Belfast Telegraph

Wigan safe after Wolves defeat

Hugo Rodallega and Tom Cleverley grabbed the goals as Wigan moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Wolves at Molineux.

Rodallega gave the Latics the lead in the ninth minute when he volleyed past Wayne Hennessey and the Colombian striker turned provider 10 minutes later, feeding the ball to Cleverley, who slotted home to make it 2-0.

Wanderers pulled one back through substitute Steven Fletcher late on but Wigan held on for the win.

When Wolves only partially cleared a corner it led to Wigan's opener. The ball was delivered into the box, Gary Caldwell flicked on and Rodallega turned to fire past Hennessey.

Christophe Berra had a chance to equalise from a free-kick but the ball came at him too fast and bounced off his thigh, Ali Al Habsi getting down to make the save.

With 20 minutes on the clock, Rodallega collected a throw-in and laid the ball to Cleverley, who finished coolly to register his third goal in four games.

Wolves rallied and Al Habsi seemed to have been caught out by a deflection on Nenad Milijas' free-kick, but he saved with his feet.

Wigan survived a penalty scare when referee Mike Dean ruled Antolin Alcaraz had not handled in the area.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy threw on Matt Jarvis for Edwards 10 minutes into the second half.Ronald Zubar picked up a booking for bringing down Charles N'Zogbia on the edge of the box. Ben Watson sent the free-kick over the crossbar.

McCarthy introduced Fletcher for George Elokobi and, with three minutes of normal time remaining, the Scotland striker handed Wolves a lifeline by prodding the ball in from close range after Jarvis' cross had ricocheted around a crowd of players. Wolves pressed in vain for the leveller in the closing minutes.

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