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 finished in 15th place, two points below 14th-placed Stoke City. Wigan's last game of the Premier League season was a 3–2 victory against already-relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

Season review[edit]

Summary[edit]

Wigan Athletic had a tough season, spending much of it in the relegation zone and often in the bottom two. They had eight consecutive losses, between 10 September and 6 November, until earning a draw against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers on 19 November. Wigan were rock-bottom from 15 October to 26 November, when winning against Sunderland. They started to improve afterwards, accumulating some points during the Christmas period, but returned to losing ways with four-straight losses, all in January. Once again, after the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on 31 January, Wigan were bottom in the table. After winning against fellow strugglers 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 from an offside position. Nevertheless, Wigan were in 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 UEFA Champions League football). In the last two games of the season, Wigan beat Blackburn and Wolverhampton Wanderers – both of whom were relegated – to stay in the Premier League. In short, Wigan recorded seven wins in their last nine matches.

Pre-season[edit]

League Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
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
Source:
Rules for classification:

Results & fixtures[edit]

Pre season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. games Notes
5 DF Gary Caldwell Scotland 37 Club captain
3 DF Antolín Alcaraz Paraguay 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 36) England Liverpool
12 Mike Pollitt England GK (1972-02-29) 29 February 1972 (age 45) England Rotherham United
13 Lee Nicholls England GK (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 24) Youth system
26 Ali Al-Habsi Oman GK (1981-12-30) 30 December 1981 (age 35) England Bolton Wanderers
Defenders
2 Steve Gohouri Ivory Coast DF (1981-02-08) 8 February 1981 (age 36) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach II
3 Antolín Alcaraz Paraguay DF (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 34) Belgium Club Brugge
5 Gary Caldwell Scotland DF (1982-04-12) 12 April 1982 (age 35) Scotland Celtic
17 Emmerson Boyce Barbados DF (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 37) England Crystal Palace
22 Patrick van Aanholt Netherlands DF (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 26) England Chelsea
23 Ronnie Stam Netherlands DF (1984-06-18) 18 June 1984 (age 33) Netherlands Twente
24 Adrian López Spain DF (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 30) Spain Deportivo La Coruña
31 Maynor Figueroa Honduras DF (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 34) Honduras Olimpia
39 Jordan Mustoe England DF (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 26) Youth system
41 Daniel Redmond England DF (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 26) Youth system
43 Adam Buxton England DF (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 25) Youth system
Midfielders
4 James McCarthy Republic of Ireland MF (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 26) Scotland Hamilton Academical
6 Hendry Thomas Honduras MF (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 32) Honduras Olimpia
7 Albert Crusat Spain MF (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 35) Spain Almería
8 Ben Watson England MF (1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 31) England Crystal Palace
10 Shaun Maloney Scotland MF (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 34) Scotland Celtic
14 Jordi Gómez Spain MF (1985-05-24) 24 May 1985 (age 32) Spain Espanyol
16 James McArthur Scotland MF (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 29) Scotland Hamilton Academical
19 David Jones England MF (1984-11-04) 4 November 1984 (age 32) England Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 Mohamed Diamé Senegal MF (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 30) Spain Rayo Vallecano
22 Jean Beausejour Chile MF (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 33) England Birmingham City
30 Nouha Dicko France MF (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 25) France Strasbourg
Forwards
9 Franco Di Santo Argentina FW (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 28) England Chelsea
11 Victor Moses Nigeria FW (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 26) England Crystal Palace
15 Callum McManaman England FW (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 26) Youth system
18 Conor Sammon Republic of Ireland FW (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 30) Scotland Kilmarnock
20 Hugo Rodallega Colombia FW (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 (age 31) Mexico Necaxa

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 1 June 2012

[2]

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