2010–11 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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Wigan Athletic
Chairman Dave Whelan
Manager Roberto Martínez
Premier League 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League: Charles N'Zogbia/Hugo Rodallega (9)
All: Charles N'Zogbia (10)
Highest home attendance 22,043 (vs. West Ham United, Premier League, 15 May 2011)
Lowest home attendance 6,987 (vs. Preston North End, League Cup, 22 September 2010)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010–11 English football season was Wigan Athletic F.C.'s 33rd season in the Football League and their sixth consecutive season in the Premier League.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Following a mixed first season in charge of the club, manager Roberto Martínez decided to make several additions to the playing squad. Wigan's most expensive summer signing was Argentine striker Mauro Boselli, who signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6 million. Dutch defender Mario Melchiot and Austrian midfielder Paul Scharner both left the club after their contracts expired. Gary Caldwell was named as the new club captain.[1]

There were also changes behind the scenes, with general manager John Benson leaving the club[2] to join Sunderland, re-uniting with former Wigan manager Steve Bruce. Director Maurice Lindsay also stepped down to take up the position of chairman at Preston North End.[3]

Wigan's first pre-season friendly was a 3–2 win against Östersunds FK, with new signing Boselli scoring twice. Their next friendly was a 1–1 draw against Oldham Athletic, featuring trialists Laurent Merlin and Sekou Baradji. Baradji also joined the squad at their pre-season training camp in Austria, but would ultimately not be offered a contract.

August[edit]

The season started badly for Wigan with two heavy defeats at home – a 4–0 loss against newly promoted Blackpool and a 6–0 defeat to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. Things improved with a 3–0 win in the League Cup against Hartlepool United, followed by a shock 1–0 away win against Tottenham Hotspur – the same fixture in which they suffered a club record 9–1 defeat less than twelve months earlier. The club was active on transfer deadline day, completing the signings of Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United and Franco Di Santo on a three-year deal from Chelsea. Charles N'Zogbia also remained at Wigan after having a bid accepted for him from Birmingham City, but failing to agree personal terms.

September[edit]

After an international break, Wigan's first game of the month was against Sunderland, which saw Lee Cattermole and Titus Bramble appear at the DW Stadium for the first time since leaving Wigan. Despite Cattermole being sent off in the first half, Wigan failed to capitalise on their man advantage and drew the match 1–1. The Latics then slipped into the bottom three after a 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City in the following game. The club progressed once again in the League Cup, winning the match 2–1 after a late comeback against Preston North End. The club finished the month with a goalless draw at Birmingham City.

October[edit]

On 2 October, Wigan Athletic picked up their first Premier League home win of the season after defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0. Two weeks later, the club drew 2–2 away against Newcastle United, with Charles N'Zogbia scoring both goals for Wigan against his former club. Wigan extended their unbeaten run with a 1–1 draw at home against Bolton Wanderers, but midfielder James McCarthy suffered an ankle injury which kept him out of action until the end of January. In the following game however, Gary Caldwell returned to the line-up for the first time since his hip operation during the summer as the team reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup following a 2–0 victory against Swansea City. On 30 October, Wigan were beaten 2–0 by Fulham.

November[edit]

Wigan started the month with a second away defeat in a row, losing 2–1 to Blackburn Rovers. Results then improved in their following two home games with a 1–1 draw against Liverpool and a 1–0 win against West Bromwich Albion. The club lost 2–0 in its next match against Manchester United, finishing the match with nine men after Antolín Alcaraz and Hugo Rodallega were sent off. Two more away defeats followed, against West Ham United and Arsenal in the quarter-final of the League Cup, during which Victor Moses dislocated his shoulder, meaning he would be out of action for three months.

December[edit]

Wigan came from behind twice to draw 2–2 with Stoke City in their first game of the month. The team then extended their unbeaten run with a draw against Everton, a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers and another draw with Arsenal. On 31 December, the club completed the signing of Adrián López on a free transfer.

January[edit]

Wigan lost their first game of the month against Newcastle United, the club's first defeat at home since September. This was followed by an away draw against Bolton Wanderers.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player From Fee Date Notes
Argentina Mauro Boselli Argentina Estudiantes Undisclosed 29 Jun 2010 [4]
Paraguay Antolín Alcaraz Belgium Club Brugge Undisclosed 22 Jul 2010 [5]
Scotland James McArthur Scotland Hamilton Academical £400,000 23 Jul 2010 [6]
Netherlands Ronnie Stam Netherlands Twente £2,000,000 30 Jul 2010 [7]
Scotland Steven Caldwell Unattached Free 23 Aug 2010 [8]
Argentina Franco Di Santo England Chelsea £2,000,000 31 Aug 2010 [9]
Spain Adrián López Unattached Free 31 Dec 2010 [10]
Republic of Ireland Conor Sammon Scotland Kilmarnock £600,000 31 Jan 2011 [11]

Out[edit]

Player To Fee Date Notes
Netherlands Mario Melchiot Qatar Umm-Salal Free 8 Jun 2010 [12]
Poland Tomasz Cywka England Derby County Free 30 Jun 2010 [13]
Poland Tomasz Kupisz Poland Jagiellonia Białystok Free 14 Jul 2010 [14]
England Titus Bramble England Sunderland Undisclosed 23 Jul 2010 [15]
Trinidad and Tobago Jason Scotland England Ipswich Town Undisclosed 23 Aug 2010 [16]
England Jon Routledge Scotland Hamilton Academical Free 1 Feb 2011 [17]

Released[edit]

Player Date Notes
Netherlands Rachid Bouaouzan 1 Jul 2010 [18]
Austria Paul Scharner 1 Jul 2010 [19]
Ghana Richard Kingson 1 Jul 2010 [20]
France Olivier Kapo 6 Aug 2010 [21]

Loans in[edit]

Player From Start date End date Notes
Oman Ali Al-Habsi England Bolton Wanderers 15 Jul 2010 End of season [22]
England Tom Cleverley England Manchester United 31 Aug 2010 End of season [23]

Loans out[edit]

Player To Start date End date Notes
Spain Antonio Amaya Spain Rayo Vallecano 27 Jul 2010 End of season [24]
Wales Jason Koumas Wales Cardiff City 7 Aug 2010 End of season [25]
England Jon Routledge Scotland Hamilton Academical 12 Aug 2010 January 2011 [26]
England Lee Nicholls England Hartlepool United 9 Nov 2010 8 Dec 2010 [27]
England Chris Kirkland England Leicester City 24 Nov 2010 31 Dec 2010 [28]
Argentina Mauro Boselli Italy Genoa 14 Jan 2011 End of season [29]
England Lee Nicholls England Shrewsbury Town 31 Jan 2011 28 Feb 2011 [30]
England Lee Nicholls England Sheffield Wednesday 24 Mar 2011 27 Apr 2011 [31][32]

Player statistics[edit]

As of 24 April 2011[33][34][35][36][37]

# Pos. Player League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Booked Red card
1 GK England Kirkland, ChrisChris Kirkland 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
2 DF Ivory Coast Gohouri, SteveSteve Gohouri 26+1 1 0 0 1 0 27 0 9 0
3 DF Paraguay Alcaraz, AntolínAntolín Alcaraz 34 1 0 0 4 0 38 1 5 1
4 MF Republic of Ireland McCarthy, JamesJames McCarthy 24 3 0+1 0 0+2 0 24 (3) 3 2 0
5 DF Scotland Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0 6 1
6 MF Honduras Thomas, HendryHendry Thomas 22+2 0 2 0 4 0 27+2 0 7 0
7 FW Argentina Di Santo, FrancoFranco Di Santo 9+16 1 0+1 0 1 (1) 0 11+18 1 2 0
8 MF England Watson, BenBen Watson 23+6 3 1 0 4 1 29+6 4 3 0
9 FW Argentina Boselli, MauroMauro Boselli 5+3 0 0 0 4 1 9+3 1 0 0
10 MF France N'Zogbia, CharlesCharles N'Zogbia 32+2 9 0 0 0+4 1 32+5 10 2 1
11 FW Nigeria Moses, VictorVictor Moses 8+13 1 1+1 0 2+1 1 11+15 2 1 0
12 GK England Pollitt, MikeMike Pollitt 0+1 0 2 0 0 0 2+1 0 0 0
13 DF Scotland Caldwell, StevenSteven Caldwell 8+2 0 2 0 3 0 13+2 0 2 0
14 MF Spain Gómez, JordiJordi Gómez 9+4 1 3 0 3+1 2 15+5 3 0 0
15 MF England Cleverley, TomTom Cleverley 19+6 4 0 0 0 0 23+6 3 1 0
16 MF Scotland McArthur, JamesJames McArthur 3+15 0 3 0 3 0 9+15 0 2 0
17 DF Barbados Boyce, EmmersonEmmerson Boyce 20+2 0 2 0 1 0 23+2 0 3 0
18 FW Trinidad and Tobago Scotland, JasonJason Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW Republic of Ireland Sammon, ConorConor Sammon 1+6 1 0 0 0 0 1+6 1 0 0
20 FW Colombia Rodallega, HugoHugo Rodallega 34+2 9 0 0 1 0 35+2 9 4 1
21 MF France Diamé, MohamedMohamed Diamé 30+6 1 3 2 1 0 33+6 3 6 0
23 DF Netherlands Stam, RonnieRonnie Stam 17+8 2 0 0 3 0 22+8 1 2 0
24 DF Spain López, AdriánAdrián López 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
26 GK Oman Al-Habsi, AliAli Al-Habsi 34 0 1 0 4 0 39 0 0 0
28 MF Netherlands de Ridder, DaniëlDaniël de Ridder 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 DF Honduras Figueroa, MaynorMaynor Figueroa 32+1 1 2 0 4 0 36+1 1 11 0
32 DF England Robinson, JordanJordan Robinson 0 0 0+1) 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
35 DF Spain Golobart, RománRomán Golobart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 FW England McManaman, CallumCallum McManaman 0+3 0 3 1 0+1 0 3+4 1 0 0
39 DF England Mustoe, JordanJordan Mustoe 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
41 MF England Redmond, DanielDaniel Redmond 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
43 DF England Buxton, AdamAdam Buxton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 GK England Nicholls, LeeLee Nicholls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
51 MF England Morris, CallumCallum Morris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[38][39]