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Eagles masterclass ends Bolton run

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Wigan failed to get hold of Eagles all afternoon. (©PAphotos)
Wigan failed to get hold of Eagles all afternoon. (©PAphotos).

Chris Eagles scored one and made another as Bolton Wanderers ended a run of six successive defeats with victory over Wigan Athetic.

Nigel Reo-Coker took just three minutes to open the scoring at the DW Stadium, but Mohamed Diame struck a brilliant leveler.

Davies then played in David N’Gog to put The Trotters back in front, and Chris Eagles rounded off the victory leaving Wigan in disarray.

Both sides were in dire need of a confidence-boosting win with no wins in either of their last four games, but with no wins in six, Bolton’s need was greater and they made the ideal start after just four minutes.

Summer signing Reo Coker was played in by fellow new recruit Eagles, and the ex-West Ham United man slotted the ball home.

But Wigan were far from out of it and they equalised mid-way through the first-half after neat build up involving Ben Watson allowed Diame to curl the ball over the stranded Jussi Jaaskelainen.

On the brink of half-time the visitors went back in front after Kevin Davies capitalised on a defensive error and played in N’Gog who fired past Ali Al Habsi.

The mistake appeared to badly affect the home side, with Dedryck Boyata guilty of missing from three yards, before Bolton won a penalty, after Gary Caldwell’s foul on the on loan Manchester City defender.

But Davies’ tame effort was easily saved by Al Habsi to give Wigan renewed hope, but Roberto Martinez’s men fell short in their efforts to level and Eagles rounded off the victory with a calm finish after a brilliant solo run.

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