West Brom 1-2 Wigan

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Jordi Gomez celebrates his winner with Wigan team-mates
Jordi Gomez (centre) has scored three goals in four games

Wigan Athletic came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion and move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The Baggies took the lead when Steven Reid fired home a magnificent free-kick but Victor Moses equalised with a curling shot from 12 yards out.

The Latics' winner came from a Jordi Gomez penalty after Reid fouled Moses in the box.

Albion almost rescued a point when Jerome Thomas's cross beat Ali Al-Habsi and clipped the post.

Wigan went into the game bottom of the table having scored just 12 league goals - fewer than any other professional team in England.

But Roy Hodgson's side were also struggling in front of goal, having netted just six times at the Hawthorns. No side had scored fewer at home than them in the top five divisions.

It was the hosts who started the brighter, Chris Brunt prodding over Thomas's cross from eight yards out.

And they went even closer when Wigan failed to clear their lines from a Nicky Shorey free-kick and Brunt's sweet strike from 20 yards out was tipped onto the crossbar brilliantly by Ali Al-Habsi.

Wigan's front duo of Connor Sammon and Moses had not scored in 24 games between them prior to the game, and the latter did not look like ending his personal drought with two shots dragged well wide of the left-hand post.

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It looked just a matter of time before the hosts would score when defender Gary Caldwell had to throw himself at the ball to keep out Thomas's goalbound shot.

And they did take the lead when Caldwell tugged Shane Long's jersey 25 yards from goal and Reid curled home a brilliant free-kick which gave Al-Habsi no chance.

Things looked dire for the Latics but just four minutes later Moses found the top corner to level the scores after Youssouf Mulumbu failed to deal with a Mohamed Diame cross. And Moses could have had a second when he spotted a hole in the Albion defence and ran through it, only for goalkeeper Ben Foster to rush out and deny him.

Wigan had ended the first half the brighter but the Baggies had the first chance of the second half when Caldwell was caught dallying on the ball by Long but Maynor Figueroa just intercepted the striker's cross to Brunt.

But the Latics scored a priceless goal when Reid fouled the jinking Moses just inside the box and Gomez sent Foster the wrong way from the penalty spot.

The Baggies were pressing for a leveller, with the Latics using Moses' pace to cause havoc on the counter attack - and he tried to seal the game with a chip from 25 yards out, which Foster managed to save.

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West Brom had a glorious chance to level when Thomas's cross from the left wing curled in and hit the post before going wide.

Albion dominated the closing stages and Jonas Olsson headed over before Paul Scharner squandered an even better chance when his header flew over from just six yards out.

They thought they had a lifeline when Graham Dorrans went down in the box after David Jones put in a tackle but referee Mike Dean booked the Baggies substitute for diving and Wigan held on to move up to 17th.

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson:

"This was a game we hoped to win and I thought that our performance merited a win so it's nothing but disappointment.

"I think we were slightly in front at half-time on points and we dominated the second half.

"If we keep performing like that we'll get results. I've been a lot more disappointed with team performances than today."

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell:

"We're all proud. It was a team effort and we had to dig in at the end and ride our luck. I think we just deserved to win.

"I'd much prefer if we could kill a game off. We gave the ball away sloppily at the end.

"Hopefully this win can give us some confidence."

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