English Premiership

Wigan maintain unbeaten run

2011-08-27 15:48
Franco Di Santo (File)

Wigan - Wigan maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season here on Saturday as a fine double by Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo secured them a 2-0 win over Premier League rookies QPR.

Di Santo - tripling his total of goals for the club to only three goals in 32 appearances since joining from Chelsea for 2million last August - struck in each half to give Wigan their first win of the season after two draws.

Defeat brought QPR, being watched by new signing midfielder Joey Barton from the stands, back down to earth after their away win over Everton last weekend.

Di Santo, who had had an earlier effort well saved by Paddy Kenny, produced a strike to remember for his first as, set up by the industrious Hugo Rodallega, he teed the ball up and volleyed past Kenny to give the hosts the breakthrough goal

The Di Santo goal had been coming in a highly entertaining first-half with both sides having chances before the 22-year-old Argentinian's goal to break the deadlock.

Victor Moses had missed early on for the hosts but it was QPR's most prized asset Moroccan Adel Taarabt who went closest with a beautiful effort which beat Ali Al Habsi but came back off the bar.

Al Habsi - whose outstanding performances for Wigan last season contributed hugely to their staying up - had also been forced into a stunning save from veteran midfielder Shaun Derry and then reacted brilliantly close to half-time to tip Taarabt's deflected freekick onto the post.

The hosts had the better chances in the second-half as the visitors had little to offer and former Ireland international goalkeeper Kenny had to be at his best to deny the marauding Di Santos.

However Kenny could do nothing about Di Santos's strike in the 66th minute as the Argentinian cheekily took the ball off the toes of Rodallega and made no mistake as he powered the shot into the top corner.

QPR responded in plucky fashion but Bruno Perrone's header beat Al Habsi but cannoned back off the bar, while the Wigan goalkeeper was then at his best when he touched over Taarabt's freekick as the clock wound down.

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