2011–12 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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Wigan Athletic
Chairman Dave Whelan
Manager Roberto Martínez
Premier League 15th
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Swindon Town)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Crystal Palace)
Top goalscorer League: Franco Di Santo (7)
All: Franco Di Santo (7)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 English football season is Wigan Athletic's seventh consecutive season in the Premier League. The club also competed in the League Cup and the FA Cup.

At the end of the 2011–12 Premier League, Wigan Athletic were on the 15th place, 2 points below 14th placed Stoke City F.C.. Wigan Athletic's last game of the season's Premier League was a 3-2 victory against now relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

Season review[edit]

Summary[edit]

Wigan Athletic had a struggling season. They spent much of the season in the relegation zone and often at the bottom too. They had eight consecutive losses, between 10 September and 6 November, until earning a draw against fellow struggles Blackburn Rovers on 19 November. Wigan were rock-bottom from 15 October to 26 November, when winning against Sunderland. They started to improve afterwards, getting some points during the Christmas, but returned to losing ways with 4 consecutive losses, all in January. Once again, after the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on the 31st, Wigan were bottom in the table. After winning against fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers, Wigan remained bottom on goal difference.

In March, Wigan greatly improved, first losing against Swansea City but earning draws against Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. But it was from late March onwards when Wigan completely transformed themselves. They earned wins against Liverpool and Stoke City, before a controversial 2-1 defeat against Chelsea, where both of Chelsea's goals were clearly offside, and Wigan undeservedly stayed in the relegation zone. Nevertheless, Wigan were on a very strong form and made history after beating Manchester United for the first time. This was followed by their first-ever away win against Arsenal, a defeat to Fulham, and their biggest win in the Premier League, a 4-0 demolition of Newcastle United (who were chasing Champions League football). At the last two games of the season, Wigan beat Blackburn Rovers and Wolves - both of whom were relegated - to stay in the Premier League. In short, Wigan had 7 wins out of their last 9.

Pre-season[edit]

League Table[edit]

Team
Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 +64 89
2 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 +56 89
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 +25 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56
8 Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51 -3 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 -7 47
11 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 -7 47
12 Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 -14 47
13 Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 -1 45
14 Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 -17 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 -20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 -16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 -23 37
R Bolton Wanderers 38 10 6 22 46 77 -31 36
R Blackburn Rovers 38 8 7 23 48 78 -30 31
R Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 5 10 23 40 82 -42 25
Premier League Champions
Qualifies for 2012–13 UEFA Champions League
Qualifies for 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Relegation to Championship
Last updated: 20:00, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Results & fixtures[edit]

Pre season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011-12 FA Cup

Players[edit]

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. Games Notes
5 DF Gary Caldwell  SCO 37 Club captain
3 DF Antolín Alcaraz  PAR 1

Last updated: 6 June 2011
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.

First team squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Chris Kirkland England GK (1981-05-02) 2 May 1981 (age 33) England Liverpool
12 Mike Pollitt England GK (1972-02-29) 29 February 1972 (age 42) England Rotherham United
13 Lee Nicholls England GK (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21) Youth system
26 Ali Al-Habsi Oman GK (1981-12-30) 30 December 1981 (age 32) England Bolton Wanderers
Defenders
2 Steve Gohouri Ivory Coast DF (1981-02-08) 8 February 1981 (age 33) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach II
3 Antolín Alcaraz Paraguay DF (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 32) Belgium Club Brugge
5 Gary Caldwell Scotland DF (1982-04-12) 12 April 1982 (age 32) Scotland Celtic
17 Emmerson Boyce Barbados DF (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 34) England Crystal Palace
22 Patrick van Aanholt Netherlands DF (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 24) England Chelsea
23 Ronnie Stam Netherlands DF (1984-06-18) 18 June 1984 (age 30) Netherlands Twente
24 Adrian López Spain DF (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 27) Spain Deportivo La Coruna
31 Maynor Figueroa Honduras DF (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 31) Honduras Olimpia
39 Jordan Mustoe England DF (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 23) Youth system
41 Daniel Redmond England DF (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 23) Youth system
43 Adam Buxton England DF (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 22) Youth system
Midfielders
4 James McCarthy Republic of Ireland MF (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23) Scotland Hamilton Academical
6 Hendry Thomas Honduras MF (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 29) Honduras Olimpia
7 Albert Crusat Spain MF (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 32) Spain Almería
8 Ben Watson England MF (1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 29) England Crystal Palace
10 Shaun Maloney Scotland MF (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 31) Scotland Celtic
14 Jordi Gómez Spain MF (1985-05-24) 24 May 1985 (age 29) Spain Espanyol
16 James McArthur Scotland MF (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 26) Scotland Hamilton Academical
19 David Jones England MF (1984-11-04) 4 November 1984 (age 29) England Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 Mohamed Diamé Senegal MF (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 27) Spain Rayo Vallecano
22 Jean Beausejour Chile MF (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 30) England Birmingham City
29 Nouha Dicko France MF (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 22) France Strasbourg
Forwards
9 Franco Di Santo Argentina FW (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 25) England Chelsea
11 Victor Moses Nigeria FW (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 23) England Crystal Palace
15 Callum McManaman England FW (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 23) Youth system
18 Conor Sammon Republic of Ireland FW (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 27) Scotland Kilmarnock
20 Hugo Rodallega Colombia FW (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 (age 29) Mexico Necaxa

Squad[edit]

As of 1 June 2012

[2]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Chris Kirkland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Ivory Coast DF Steve Gohouri 10 0 8+2 0 0 0 0 0
3 Paraguay DF Antolín Alcaraz 25 2 25 2 0 0 0 0
4 Republic of Ireland MF James McCarthy 34 0 33 0 0 0 1 0
5 Scotland DF Gary Caldwell 37 3 36 3 1 0 0 0
6 Honduras MF Hendry Thomas 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
7 Spain MF Albert Crusat 16 1 4+11 1 0 0 1 0
8 England MF Ben Watson 23 3 14+7 2 1 0 0+1 1
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo 33 5 24+8 5 1 0 0 0
10 Scotland MF Shaun Maloney 15 3 8+5 3 1 0 1 0
11 Nigeria FW Victor Moses 39 6 36+2 6 0+1 0 0 0
12 England GK Mike Pollitt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 England GK Lee Nicholls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Spain MF Jordi Gómez 29 5 24+4 5 0+1 0 0 0
15 England FW Callum McManaman 4 1 0+2 0 1 1 0+1 0
16 Scotland MF James McArthur 33 3 18+13 3 1 0 1 0
17 Barbados DF Emmerson Boyce 27 3 26 3 1 0 0 0
18 Republic of Ireland FW Conor Sammon 27 1 8+17 1 0+1 0 1 0
19 England MF David Jones 17 0 13+3 0 0 0 1 0
20 Colombia FW Hugo Rodallega 23 2 11+12 2 0 0 0 0
21 Senegal MF Mohamed Diamé 26 3 18+8 3 0+0 0 0+0 0
22 Chile MF Jean Beausejour 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0
23 Netherlands DF Ronnie Stam 20 0 13+7 0 0 0 0 0
24 Spain DF Adrián López 7 0 5 0 1 0 1 0
26 Oman GK Ali Al-Habsi 40 0 38 0 1 0 1 0
30 France MF Nouha Dicko 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
31 Honduras DF Maynor Figueroa 39 0 37+1 0 0 0 1 0
39 England DF Jordan Mustoe 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
41 England DF Daniel Redmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 England DF Adam Buxton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players that played for Wigan this season that have left the club:
22 Netherlands DF Patrick van Aanholt 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0

Top scorers[edit]

Position Nation Number Name Premiership FA Cup League Cup Total
FW Argentina 9 Franco Di Santo 7 0 0 7
FW Nigeria 11 Victor Moses 6 0 0 6
MF Spain 14 Jordi Gómez 5 0 0 5
MF England 8 Ben Watson 3 0 1 4
DF Scotland 5 Gary Caldwell 3 0 0 3
MF Senegal 21 Mohamed Diamé 3 0 0 3
MF Scotland 16 James McArthur 3 0 0 3
MF Scotland 10 Shaun Maloney 3 0 0 3
DEF Barbados 17 Emmerson Boyce 3 0 0 3
FW Colombia 20 Hugo Rodallega 2 0 0 2
DF Paraguay 3 Antolín Alcaraz 1 0 0 1
MF Spain 7 Albert Crusat 1 0 0 1
FW England 15 Callum McManaman 0 1 0 1
Totals 41 1 1 43

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches
Last updated 20 April 2012
Number Nation Position Name Premiership FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
5 Scotland DF Gary Caldwell 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2 Ivory Coast DF Steve Gohouri 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
18 Republic of Ireland FW Conor Sammon 1 1[1] 0 0 0 0 1 1
4 Scotland MF James McCarthy 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
31 Honduras DF Maynor Figueroa 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
3 Paraguay DF Antolín Alcaraz 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
21 Senegal MF Mohamed Diamé 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
14 Spain MF Jordi Gómez 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
16 Scotland MF James McArthur 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
11 Nigeria MF Victor Moses 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
23 Netherlands DF Ronnie Stam 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
17 Barbados DF Emmerson Boyce 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 England MF David Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
8 England MF Ben Watson 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
26 Oman GK Ali Al-Habsi 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
22 Chile MF Jean Beausejour 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 Spain MF Albert Crusat 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 Spain DF Adrián López 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 Scotland MF Shaun Maloney 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 England FW Callum McManaman 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
20 Colombia FW Hugo Rodallega 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6 Honduras MF Hendry Thomas 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 61 3 3 0 0 0 64 3

Suspensions served[edit]

Date Matches Missed Player Reason Opponents Missed
24 September 2011 3 Steve Gohouri Sent off vs Tottenham Hotspur Aston Villa (A), Bolton Wanderers (H), Newcastle United (A)
29 October 2011 1 Gary Caldwell Reached five yellow cards Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
7 November 2011 3 Antolín Alcaraz FA Charge - Spitting offense Blackburn Rovers (H), Sunderland (A), Arsenal (H)
26 December 2011 3 Conor Sammon[2] Sent off vs Manchester United Stoke City (A), Sunderland (H), Swindon Town (A)
31 December 2011 1 Gary Caldwell Sent off vs Stoke City Sunderland (H)
11 February 2012 1 James McCarthy Reached five yellow cards Aston Villa (H)
7 April 2012 1 Maynor Figueroa Reached five yellow cards Manchester United (H)
  • ^1 The red card was successfully appealed and the punishment wasn't served.[3]

Transfers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ premierleague.com. "Premier League Table". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Soccerbase team stats". Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wigan win appeal over Sammon card". BBC News. 

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