Zaki 44 (pen)

Amr Zaki secured the three points from the penalty spot and Zamalek an extra £500,000, after Andy O’Brien felled Henri Camara on the goal line. Wigan didn’t have it all their way and had to weather the storm in the opening exchanges.

Latics had to fend off a couple of early Bolton efforts before we took over the game. Matty Taylor went for the worst free kickoff the season award in the first 5 minutes and must be winning at the moment. Gardner shaved the post and Taylor had a shot deflected wide.

Bolton then started to resort to the long ball tactics and that is when we started to get a foothold in the game. Zaki was first to have a go, but his shot was bravely blocked by Steinsson. The resulting long ball saw Kevin Davies go through on goal but Scharner got back well to clear the danger.

Heskey was denied a penalty after Shittu sithed him down from behind, but referee Phil Dowd waved it away. Heskey nearly capitalised 5 minutes later from a wicked Ryan Taylor cross, but his shot was easily saved by Jaaskelainen.

Henri Camara came on for Emile Heskey after 31 minutes and made an immediate impact as he latched on to a wayward back pass, the Senegalese International was only denied by a world class save by the Bolton stopper.

Lee Cattermole was on the end of another fine save and you could feel that we were going score soon. Alas it didn’t come from open play, but if Andy Obrien hadn’t dragged Henri Camara down right in front of goal it would have been.

Phil Dowd didn’t have any hesitation when pointing to the spot and Amr Zaki, going for his second goal in two games, stepped up to take it. He slotted it past Jussi and so earned his owners’ Zamalek another £500K.

Latics endured a couple more long balls that they easily cleared, before the half time whistle went.

Bolton resorted to the same long ball tactics that they adopted in the first half, and generally got the same results. Although the home crowd did go wild as Palacios cleared off the line after 10 minutes, all the Bolton players in the box were trying to imply the ball had gone over the line, but the officials just carried on.

The next 20 minutes or so really wasn’t good watching with free kick after free kick being given, coupled with the ball spending most of its time in the air. Bolton was then penned in their own half but as comfrotable as Latics lokked we just couldn’t find a way through.

The best the half produced was Pollitt make a couple of fine saves from Elamander and Valencia have a long range effort land straight in the arms of Jaaskelainin. As the match teetered out, Latic’s finished the year on a high and look good in their 7th place spot.

Report by Jason Taylor

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Attendance: 23,726
22 Jussi Jaaskelainen 12 Mike Pollitt
3 Jlloyd Samuel 25 Mario Melchiot
24 Danny Shittu 19 Titus Bramble
31 Andrew O’Brien 2 Ryan Taylor
15 Gretar Rafn Steinsson 31 Maynor Figueroa
11 Ricardo Gardner 4 Lee Cattermole
19 Gavin McCann 5 Wilson Palacios
4 Kevin Nolan 7 Paul Scharner
7 Matthew Taylor 16 Antonio Valencia
14 Kevin Davies 9 Emile Heskey
9 Johan Elmander 13 Amr Zaki
26 Ali Al Habsi 22 Richard Kingson
10 Ebi Smolarek 17 Emmerson Boyce
22 Jaroslaw Fojut 10 Jason Koumas
30 Chris Basham 8 Kevin Kilbane
17 Mustapha Riga 11 Michael Brown
6 Fabrice Muamba 18 Daniel de Ridder
35 Temitope Obadeyi 27 Henri Camara
6′ Yellow Card Kevin Nolan
19′ Yellow Card Ryan Taylor
28′ Yellow Card Gretar Rafn Steinsson
30′ Yellow Card Wilson Palacios
33′ Player Off Emile Heskey
Player On Henri Camara
44′ Goal Amr Zaki (pen)
64′ Player Off Kevin Nolan
Player On Fabrice Muamba
65′ Player Off Jlloyd Samuel
Player On Riga Mustapha
81′ Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
86′ Player Off Ryan Taylor
Player On Kevin Kilbane
87′ Player Off Ricardo Gardner
Player On Temitope Obadeyi
90′ Player Off Amr Zaki
Player On Michael Brown