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  • 10 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Dean
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West Brom 1-2 Wigan Athletic: Martinez's men come from behind to earn priceless win and move out of relegation zone

West Brom 1-2 Wigan Athletic: Martinez's men come from behind to earn priceless win and move out of relegation zone

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Jordi Gomez scored from the spot to complete the Latics' second away comeback in a row after Steven Reid and Victor Moses scored superb first-half goals

A Jordi Gomez second-half penalty gave Wigan a priceless 2-1 win at West Brom as the Latics came from behind for the second away game running.

Gomez coolly slotted home after Victor Moses had been tripped by Steven Reid in the penalty area to secure all three points for Roberto Martinez's side.

Both players had earlier scored their first goals of the seasons with Reid finding the net from a free-kick before Moses equalised with a curled effort into the top corner.

West Brom pushed for an equaliser but despite having several opportunities they could not find the back of the net.

Roy Hodgson made one change to his side with Peter Odemwingie coming in for Graham Dorrans and partnering Shane Long in attack.

Martinez brought Antolin Alcaraz back into the centre of defence after serving his three match ban for spitting, with Steve Gohouri dropped to the substitute’s bench.

The Wigan manager was not hoping for an open start to the match but his side almost found themselves a goal down early on when Chris Brunt got on to the end of Jerome Thomas’s cross but could only volley over. Brunt then hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards against the bar with Ali Al Habsi beaten after a West Brom free-kick was cleared straight to him.

Still inside the opening five minutes, Jonas Olsson had two chances from crosses but could not find the target with either one despite being unmarked.

The Latics soon got a grip on the game with their 5-4-1 formation stifling any further attacks, before gradually they began to threaten more going forward as first, Moses shot wide from distance, and then the resulting scramble in the West Brom penalty saw Ben Foster just claw the ball away from Connor Sammon.


        Keep on preaching | Moses scored his first in 13 to set Wigan on the road to victory

At the other end, only a last-ditch block from Ronnie Stam prevented a goal-bound Thomas shot after he had been slipped in down the left by Odemwingie, and from the corner Gareth McAuley’s header was deflected wide by Gary Caldwell.

The game needed some inspiration and it came just after the half-hour mark. Caldwell was penalised for a shirt tug on Odemwingie by the linesman much to his annoyance and from 25 yards out Reid, who scored a thunderbolt against the same opposition when in a Blackburn Rovers shirt, curled it over the wall and into the top right-hand corner with Al Habsi rooted to the spot.

It was soon nearly 2-0, but Caldwell redeemed himself with a great tackle on Odemwingie as he looked to finish after receiving Nicky Shorey’s pass from the left.

However, minutes later, Wigan were level and it was another great strike, this time from Moses. Diame’s cross from the left bounced off Mulumbu and fell to the winger, who opened his body up to curl a beautiful shot into the far corner to score his first goal for 13 matches.

The second-half began quietly with Reid being booked for a late challenge on Moses, in what was to prove a rehearsal as the full-back caught the former Crystal Palace man's trailing leg in the box minutes later.

Spared a second yellow card by Mike Dean, Reid was not spared the sight of his team going behind as they conceded a penalty for the fourth home game in a row, this time Gomez the beneficiary as he sent Al Habsi the wrong way from the spot.

The home side, stunned by Wigan’s goal, pressed forward for an immediate response, but despite putting several dangerous crosses into the area, were unable to find a way past Al Habsi, who did well to save a Long header at his near post.

Both sides had opportunities in the final third but neither could make the final ball count, with Paul Scharner heading wide after his introduction when unmarked in front of goal from another Thomas cross, before being booked for a dive in the Wigan penalty area.

The visitors held on for victory though, as they claimed another vital three points on the road.

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