BOLTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Gary Caldwell (2nd R) of Wigan Athletic heads in the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Reebok Stadium on February 11, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
T'Clasico came and went once again. The rumble at the Reebok. Pies versus Pasties. So on and so forth. Both teams are in the drop zone. Both teams desperate for three points as they are hopeful of lifting fans spirits. Bolton lost 2-0 to Norwich City after what was arguably some poor tactical management. Wigan were denied a win at the DW against Everton as Victor Anichebe leveled it late for the Toffees . Bolton desperately needed all three points here for a chance to climb out of the drop zone but it was not something that they would be able to do.
Wigan thoroughly controlled the first half. Bolton with barely a chance and it looked as though more than half of the men wearing white shirts had gone missing. The first goal was deserved by Wigan on the stroke of halftime. A corner into the box gave Gary Caldwell the opportunity to climb highest over David Wheater and head the ball with pace into the back of the net.
Mark Davies looked to have spared Bolton's blushes in the 67th minutes. An Adam Bogdan ball from inside his own box hit David Ngog in the back all the way at the other end. Just outside the box and on the half-volley, Mark Davies let rip with a fantastic effort that settled nicely in Ali Al-Habsi's top corner.
Bolton looked to have finally found their spark with the equalizer and looked to be in control when Victor Moses had a shot on goal stopped by Adam Bogdan. The goalkeeper couldn't hold the ball from the point-blank-range effort and it fell to James McArthur who had an easy goal to himself.
With this loss and the rest of today's results, the drop zone is incredibly tight. Two points separate 20th and 16th places but with Chelsea and Manchester City coming up, anything will be a big ask. Ryo Miyaichi made his debut at halftime, coming on for Martin Petrov and looked very good in the 45 minutes that he played. He was almost able to level it late but a brilliant Ali Al-Habsi stop was the difference.
We're down but we're not out.