- West Brom vs Wigan

Saturday 4 May 2013 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Lee Probert | Attendance 25,756

West Brom
  • Shane Long (29)
  • Gareth McAuley (50)
West Brom
2 - 3
Wigan
  • Arouna Koné (39)
  • James McArthur (58)
  • Callum McManaman (80)
Wigan

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Wigan Athletic came from behind twice to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns and keep their survival hopes alive.

James McArthur, with his first touch, and Callum McManaman scored second-half goals for Roberto Martinez’s side to seal the three points.

A first-half Arouna Kone header had been sandwiched by efforts from Shane Long and Gareth McAuley for the home side.

West Brom made three changes from the side that beat Southampton last week with Billy Jones, Youssouf Mulumbu and Markus Rosenberg coming in for Steven Reid, James Morrison and the suspended Marc-Antoine Fortune.

For Wigan, Ronnie Stam replaced the injured Maynor Figueroa, while Ben Watson came in for McArthur, who dropped to the bench.

The first incident of note was a Graham Dorrans free-kick from 25 yards which was easily held by Joel Robles after Watson had handled.

Wigan threatened shortly afterwards, as Arouna Kone surged forward before unleashing a low drive from distance that Ben Foster had to tip behind for a corner.

West Brom took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Romelu Lukaku released Rosenberg down the right-hand side, and his first-time cross along the six-yard box was tapped home at the far post by Long.

Shaun Maloney went close to finding an equaliser for Wigan, but his free-kick from just outside the box sailed a yard wide of the left-hand upright.

Lukaku was then denied at close range by Robles, and Wigan immediately responded to level the scores.

Jean Beausejour’s deep cross from the left-hand side was headed back across goal by Kone, leaving Foster helpless as he could only stand and watch the ball drop in.

West Brom retook the lead within five minutes of the restart. Dorrans swung over a free-kick from the right, and McAuley rose highest to nod the ball into the ground and beyond the dive of Robles.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez responded by sending on McArthur and Roman Golobart in place of Jordi Gomez and Stam.

From the resumption of play, Wigan worked the ball out to Maloney on the left, and his teasing delivery was headed home by the diving McArthur at the far post.

Moments later, McAuley almost grabbed his second as once again he rose highest in the box but this time his header flew just over the crossbar.

Jones went close for West Brom, but his low drive was saved by the feet of Robles as the home side mounted a rapid counter-attack.

With 10 minutes remaining, Wigan took the lead for the first time. Once again Maloney was the creator, jinking his way to the bye-line before cutting the ball back for McManaman to slot home from six yards.

Robles had to be alert twice in the final moments, first parrying a Dorrans volley before tipping a Long header over the crossbar.

West Brom almost snatched a late equaliser, but Wigan scrambled clear and held on to a precious three points which leaves them still in the relegation zone, but only two points behind Sunderland in 17th place.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke said: "We have conceded three goals and we have to look at that. Two of the goals came from crosses and normally our defending from crosses is very good.

"We played an attacking line-up, I chose to go with that so I have to be the one that carries the can for this.

"I'm sure for people watching it was a good game to watch and Wigan are a difficult team to play. Fortunately we are in a position where we can try different things and we scored another two goals but we were a bit exposed at the back."

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez: “When you come to a place like here you know the home team is very well organised and they work very hard to keep a clean sheet, so to be able to get three goals from open play and come from behind twice is due to the character, determination and an incredible, incredible mental strength in the dressing room.

"Eight consecutive seasons at this level is an incredible journey and we are fighting to reach our title - our title is staying up,

"Today the performance was equal to the last three games but we got the three deserved points and that pleases me a lot as in football when you don't get the result you sometimes drop your standards.

"But that wasn't going to happen today. The players had a clear focus and a clear concentration on what we had to do to get the three points at a very difficult place.”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Ben Foster - -
3. Jonas Olsson - -
28. Billy Jones - -
23. Gareth McAuley - -
6. Liam Ridgewell - -
17. Graham Dorrans - -
5. Claudio Yacob - -
21. Youssuf Mulumbu - -
20. Romelu Lukaku - -
8. Markus Rosenberg - -
9. Shane Long - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Boaz Myhill - -
43. Isaiah Brown - -
30. Gabriel Tamas - -
7. James Morrison - -
24. Peter Odemwingie - -
25. Craig Dawson - -
14. Jerome Thomas - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Joel Robles - -
17. Emmerson Boyce - -
23. Ronnie Stam - -
33. Paul Scharner - -
22. Jean Beausejour - -
14. Jordi Gómez - -
8. Ben Watson - -
4. James McCarthy - -
10. Shaun Maloney - -
2. Arouna Koné - -
15. Callum McManaman - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
5. Gary Caldwell - -
26. Ali Al-Habsi - -
16. James McArthur - -
11. Angelo Henríquez - -
18. Roger Espinoza - -
25. Roman Golobart - -
9. Franco Di Santo - -

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