May 7, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​DW Stadium
WiganWigan Athletic
2-3
SwanseaSwansea City
Espinoza (45'), McCarthy (53')
Watson (78'), Gómez (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Tiendalli (76'), Rangel (50'), Shechter (59')
Shechter (44'), De Guzman (90')

Match Analysis: Wigan Athletic 2-3 Swansea City

Wigan players look dejected following Swansea City's third goal on May 7, 2013
© PA Photos
Sports Mole brings you detailed analysis of the crucial Premier League game between Wigan Athletic and Swansea City.

Swansea City have beaten Wigan Athletic 3-2 this evening in a result which leaves the Latics three points off Premier League safety.

Wigan twice squandered the lead against Swansea, missing the chance to escape the relegation zone with two games remaining.

Roger Espinoza had put Wigan ahead on the stroke of half time, but Swansea equalised shortly after the break.

The hosts went ahead again before Itay Shechter scored his first goal for Swansea to equalise before a defensive mix-up allowed Dwight Tiendalli to bag the winner for the away side, leaving Wigan with an uphill task to avoid relegation.

See below as Sports Mole takes a closer look at the key points from the game.

Match Statistics:

Wigan:
Shots 14
On target 11
Possession 50%
Corners 4
Fouls 14

Swansea:
Shots 10
On target 6
Possession 50%
Corners 4
Fouls 13

Was the result fair?

A draw would have probably been the fairest result, and Wigan will even think that they had chances to win the game, but their defending in the last 25 minutes was not good enough. Wigan did control the match for large parts and were unlucky to come away with nothing.

Wigan's performance

The hosts were very good for long periods of this game. They controlled the whole of the first half, without really creating anything of note until their goal just before the break. In the second period they threw caution to the wind in search of goals, but were sloppy at the back on more than one occasion and paid the price.

Swansea's performance

Swansea began the game like a team that had nothing left to play for. They were happy to let Wigan have the ball throughout the first half and their strikers weren't too interested in getting involved. After the break they were much better, equalising twice with good goals before making the most of a gift from the Wigan defence. They might have even added a fourth on the counter-attack late on.

Sports Mole's man of the match

James McCarthy: The Wigan midfielder was excellent throughout the game, scoring his side's second goal and doing his best to help them get a third. He rarely gave the ball away and was one of the few Wigan midfielders who was prepared to break forward and support the attack.

Biggest gaffe

The biggest gaffe could have gone to Gary Caldwell, who gave the ball away immediately prior to Swansea's second equaliser, but it has to go to the Wigan defence during the away side's winner. After missing numerous chances to clear, Shaun Maloney and James McArthur somehow managed to allow Tiendalli to win the ball and score the winning goal.

Referee performance

Kevin Friend had a good game with relatively little to do. He kept his cards in his pocket for the most part and allowed the game to flow where possible, which aided the excitement as a whole.

What next?

Wigan: The Latics have an FA Cup final to look forward to on Saturday, but following that they face a tough ask to avoid relegation. They will most likely have to win both their remaining games and hope results elsewhere go their way.

Swansea: Swansea's win means that they should finish in the top half. They would like to finish with two more wins but the Swans will be happy with their work already this campaign.

Wigan players look dejected following Swansea City's third goal on May 7, 2013
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