Westbrom 1-2 Wigan: Reid,Moses, Gomez score
Wigan Athletic came from behind to win 2-1 at West Bromwich Ablion and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Steven Reid broke the deadlock in the first half with a stunning free kick, before a ruthless Victor Moses finish levelled the scores minutes later.
Victory was sealed for Roberto Martinez’s men after the interval, when Reid felled Moses in the box and Jordi Gomez kept his cool to beat Ben Foster from 12 yards.
The three points secured the Latics’ second successive win on the road for the first time since November 2006, taking them up to 17th place.
A win looked unlikely after a nervy start to the game, as the home side set out to inflict an early blow.
West Brom’s opening gambit almost yielded a goal when Chris Brunt seized upon a clearance on the edge of the box and let fly with his jackhammer of a left foot.
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi did brilliantly to turn the howitzer against the crossbar and out for a corner kick.
The visitors continued to afford the home side an abundance of room and looked susceptible to Peter Odemwingie’s movement and Brunt’s creativity.
But Martinez’s troops rode out the storm and started to match West Brom's high tempo and pressing game.
Just as it looked as though they were getting a foothold in the match they came close to conceding on the half hour mark.
Jerome Thomas sped away from Ronnie Stam and pulled the trigger, but his goal bound effort was brilliantly deflected over by Gary Caldwell.
The Wigan skipper then cancelled out his heroics when he gave away a cheap free kick in a dangerous position, which Reid duly punished.
As Al Habsi prepared to have his hands stung by a Brunt thunderbolt, he was left rooted to the ground as Reid curled a perfectly measured shot in to the top left hand corner.
West Brom’s lead lasted just four minutes when Moses’ ended a yearlong goal drought with a sensational strike.
The Latics’ striker pounced on a poor clearance from Youssuf Mulumbu in the box, before clipping an exquisite shot in to the top right hand corner, leaving Foster with no chance.
The hosts looked to reassert their dominance at the start of the second half, but Wigan stood firm and the trickery of Moses earned the guests a penalty.
His quick feet and sharp change of direction drew a clumsy foul from Reid and Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Gomez barely broke sweat as he sent Foster the wrong way and stroked Wigan in to the lead.
Roy Hodgson’s men swept forward in search of an equaliser, making for an exciting and open contest.
The action flowed from end-to-end with last ditch tackles and courageous blocks aplenty. With little over 20 minutes to play it took a great save from Al Habsi to preserve Wigan’s advantage. The Latics goalkeeper flung himself to his left to beat out a header from Shane Long.
He should have been picking the ball out of the net when former Latic Paul Scharner arrived unmarked at the back post to meet a cross from Thomas, but the substitute contrived to miss and Wigan breathed a sigh of relief.
Their respite was short-lived as Graham Dorrans went tumbling in the box. The Hawthorns held its breath waiting for the referee to award a penalty, but instead he reached into his pocket and brandished a yellow card to Dorrans for diving and with it ended West Brom’s chances of salvaging a point from this game.
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