West Brom lose to Wigan at home

Wigan beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns to lift themselves off the root of the table and out of the relegation zone.

Goals from Victor Moses and Jordi Gomez helped pull back a one goal lead the home team had established early on through Stephen Reid.

This is only Wigan’s third win of the season but it’s their second consecutive away win and Roberto Martinez will be hoping his team can build on this victory to stay out of the relegation zone for the rest of the season.

The Latics had a their ‘keeper Ali Al-Habsi to thank for not conceding within the first five minutes, when Chris Brunt’s brilliant shot from a free kick was tipped onto the crossbar by the Wigan keeper.

The first half an hour was all West Brom as Wigan rarely troubled Ben Foster in goal as Conor Sammon was left alone up front despite Victor Moses efforts to support him.

The home team created chances through Jonas Olsson, Shane Long and Jerome Thomas but it wasn’t until the 33rd minute that West Brom took the lead when Gary Caldwell gave away a free kick on the edge of his own box.

Stephen Reid scored only his second goal in four years when his free kick was lifted over the wall and into the top corner to make it 1-0 to West Brom.

Wigan were straight back in the game however, when in the 37th minute Victor Moses scored his first goal in over a year with his brilliant shot from the edge of the box that gave Foster no chance of saving.

The second half was a more open affair with both teams creating chances but it was the goal scorer for West Brom, Stephen Reid who was the decisive figure much to the dismay of his own team as he brought down Moses in the box to give the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

Jordi Gomez scored from the spot-kick to make it 2-1 to the away team and Wigan started to batten down the hatches as the prepared for the onslaught by the home team, who started piling men forward in search of the equaliser.

Shane Long made Al-Habsi produce a brilliant save after he denied the Irish striker a goal from close range and former Wigan player Paul Scharner should’ve done better when his header from Jerome Thomas’ cross sailed over the bar.

Substitute Graham Dorrans thought he had won a penalty when he went over in the box in the last minute of normal time but referee Mike Dean showed the striker a yellow card for diving.

Stephen Reid had a chance to make amends for giving away the penalty when he stood over a free kick just outside Wigan’s box in injury time but he hit his effort straight at the wall.

The ref blew the final whistle much to the relief of the Wigan manager Roberto Martinez who picked up a precious three points for only the third time this season.

Wigan are now 17th in the league, and still favourites to be rock bottom at the end of the season despite Bolton losing again today; check out more relegation odds here at Betfair.com.


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