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Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0-0 Brentford

The honours were shared on Saturday as Wigan and Brentford both failed to find the net to play out a stalemate in Uwe Rosler's first game against his old team.

Clive Brunskill

Saturday saw Uwe Rosler's former employers Brentford FC travel to the DW to face the German's Wigan Athletic side who have been somewhat lack lustre of late. The Bees travelled back to London with a respectable point after they showed they were no pushovers.

Brentford started brightly as Moses Odubajo had an early effort saved by Scott Carson. The Brentford man then volleyed wide after finding himself in acres of space. Brentford and Odubajo continued to trouble the Wigan back-line all afternoon with his pace a direct style that the Latics just couldn't deal with. Wigan responded however with a bright spell midway through the first half. Firstly Oriol Riera fed Don Cowie on the edge of the box only to see his side footed effort to stray wide of the post via a deflection off James Tarkowski. This preceded arguably Wigan's best chance of the game as Oriol Riera was once again provider this time for Shaun Maloney. The Spaniard fed Maloney through, the Scot's effort was goal bound if it weren't for David Button who tipped Maloney's effort wide of the post.

Brentford came close once again as a long ball got the better of Ivan Ramis, Moses Odubajo raced through once again. The former Leyton Orient striker saw his lobbed effort beat Scott Carson only to land on the roof of the net. Perhaps the strangest and most infuriating moment of the first half came from a Wigan throw in. Andrew Taylor fed Oriol Riera down near the corner flag, I among many in the ground witnessed the Linesman (who shall remain unnamed for his safety) on the far side flag for what appeared to be offside? The general feeling in ES2 apart from anger was that the linesman had dropped a clanger. For those who don't know you can't be offside from a throw-in. The referee saw the call, went over and consulted the linesman. By now ES2 were hurling insults at the man with the flag. Referee Tony Harrington knew that the linesman had got the decision horribly wrong so decided to penalise Wigan for a foul throw in a desperate attempt to cover up for his assistant's blunder... it didn't work. The first half concluded.

Brentford started as they finished brightly with Alex Pritchard testing Scott Carson early on with a fierce drive for the former England to palm over for a Brentford corner, this was before Brentford again stole through this time Jonathan Douglas firing into the side netting when Scott Carson ought to have been tested. Shaun Maloney's free kick was driving towards to top corner but David Button palmed the effort away to safety. Wigan nearly stole all 3 points late on when James Tavernier swung another delightful ball into the area which was met by James McClean after the Irishman stole a yard on his marker to connect well with header but a bit too well. The ball went flying over the bar by a matter of inches. Neither side could find the breakthrough.

So a third consecutive draw leaves Wigan 19th ahead of Millwall this evening whist Brentford find themselves comfortably in 10th. So we seem to have our early defensive woes sorted, but we can't put the ball in the net the other end now? We will see against Millwall? Or will it be another nail in Uwe Rosler's coffin.