Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce hailed goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after Sunday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Bruce said: "You always need your keeper to play well and we have a top man in Chris. He is as brave as a lion and people have seen why he is back in the England squad. He turned in a terrific performance." Bruce again saluted the midfield heroics of Wilson Palacios and Michael Brown. They harried and hassled the Gunners at every opportunity."