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Premier League

  • March 31, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 19786

Wigan 2-0 Stoke City: Alcaraz and Moses goals see off Potters as Latics claim back-to-back wins

Wigan 2-0 Stoke City: Alcaraz and Moses goals see off Potters as Latics claim back-to-back wins

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The hosts achieve back-to-back victories for the first time this season against a poor Potters side to keep their hopes of Premier League survial very much alive

Two second-half goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses were enough to earn Wigan  a vital three points against a lackluster Stoke at the DW Stadium.

The defender met Jean Beausejour’s delivery shortly before the hour mark before Moses added a second in stoppage time to give the hosts their first home win of the season, and boost their chances of Premier League survival.

The hosts carved out a great chance within the first couple of minutes when Franco Di Santo played in Jean Beasejour to the left of the penalty area, but the Chile international lacked composure and his cross sailed harmlessly out of play.

It was becoming all-too-apparent as to why Wigan is the Premier League’s lowest scorer this season, as it consistently struggled to turn possession into a meaningful final ball.

The match was becoming scrappy after the bright opening exchanges. Beausejour and Boyce found themselves in the referee’s notebook after late tackles on Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington.

The Chilean winger was heavily involved in the first half – not least due to an ongoing spat with Pennant down the Wigan left – and with five minutes to go until the break, he produced what might be the miss of the season.

Di Santo flicked the ball on to Moses, who drove into the penalty area. His low cross fizzed across the six yard box to the unmarked Beausejour at the far post, but with the goal at his mercy, the former Birmingham man somehow contrived to sidefoot the ball up in the air and the defense cleared their lines.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the hosts finally broke the deadlock, with Beausejour involved once again.

Maloney slipped the ball to the Chilean, who whipped a terrific ball in from the left flank, and Antolin Alcaraz powered a header back across Begovic’s goal right in front of the vociferous visiting support.

It was a nervy final 10 minutes for the home side, with Cameron Jerome coming close when he fired over from 12 yards, but Wigan made the points safe in injury time.

Moses charged down Wilkinson and drove towards goal, before rounding Begovic and slotting the ball home under pressure from the defender to send the DW faithful into raptures.

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