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  • Wigan 3-2 Westham: Ba, N'Zogbia double, Sammon great-finish

    West Ham were relegated from the Premier League after Wigan scored three times in the second half to complete an astonishing 3-2 win over the London side at the DW Stadium, Sunday 15/05/2011.
    Demba Ba scored two headers in the first period to give Avram Grant's side a 2-0 lead at half-time, but their day began to unravel when Charles N'Zogbia hammered home a superb free-kick early in the second period.

    Substitute Connor Sammon scored his first goal for Wigan to level matters on 68 minutes before N'Zogbia added his second of the day deep into stoppage time as his shot somehow squirmed under visiting keeper Robert Green, who had made some splendid saves in a match that raged from end to end throughout a frantic afternoon.

    While West Ham will face life in the Championship next term, Wigan have given themselves a real chance of avoiding the drop.

    Wigan are level with Blackpool and Birmingham on 39 points while Blackburn and Wolves are a point further ahead on 40 points as the season heads for a nerve-shredding final day.

    Wigan know that they have every chance of staying in the Premier League if they win at Stoke next Sunday. For West Ham, there are only regrets.

    They had plenty of chances to win the match, but were penalised for making too many errors in defence in a match that typified the shoddy and inconsistent nature of their campaign.

    With skipper Scott Parker left on the bench due to injury, West Ham looked to be against it knowing that they needing a win to stay alive in the top flight.


    Team Line-up:

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, McCarthy, Watson, N'Zogbia, Rodallega, Cleverley; Subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, Di Santo, Moses, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon
    West Ham: Green, Spence, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Bridge, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Collison, Piquionne, Ba, Hines; Subs: Boffin, Parker, Cole, Upson, Sears, da Costa, Keane


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