Belfast Telegraph

Bent injured in Wigan stalemate

Darren Bent was stretchered off as Premier League basement boys Wigan failed to capitalise on their dominance and had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at the DW Stadium.

Bent, who had earlier seen the best chance of the game saved by Ali Al Habsi, went down after a second-half challenge from Antolin Alcaraz.

It was immediately obvious he could not continue and he now looks set for a long period on the sidelines.

The first-half was a microcosm of Wigan's season in that despite enjoying long periods of possession, it was Aston Villa who carved out the better chances.

Robbie Keane's effort from 25 yards looked harmless when it left his foot, but was destined for the bottom corner until Al Habsi pushed it away. Shortly afterwards, Keane turned provider, lifting a deft pass beyond a static Wigan defence.

Bent had the pace to reach it but he could not beat Al Habsi. Stephen Warnock also flashed a shot wide in what was an brief period in the ascendancy for the visitors.

The arrival of Jean Beausejour from Birmingham during the transfer window has provided the Latics with a cutting edge His cross in the early moments found Gary Caldwell who lifted it on to the roof of Shay Given's goal.

Carlos Cuellar did well to get a similar effort out of the box before Emmerson Boyce arrived to do some damage.

Al Habsi was once again equal to the threat though after James Collins had turned the ball back into the Wigan box and, from Caldwell's flick, Cuellar thundered a header goalwards.

Emile Heskey came on for Albrighton but Bent's injury drew a temporary halt to proceedings. When play resumed, Hugo Rodallega turned on to a pass from fellow substitute Mohamed Diame and curled over, while Franco Di Santo had the last chance, which was saved by Given.


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