Sunday 24 March 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Struggling Wigan Athletic started a remarkable run of form with their first Barclays Premier League victory at Anfield.
After one win from their previous 13 league matches, Roberto Martinez’s side stunned Liverpool to move within one point of safety with eight matches remaining in the 2011/12 season.
Despite dominating possession in the early stages, Liverpool fashioned few clear-cut chances. Wigan went in front on the half-hour through Shaun Maloney’s penalty after Martin Skrtel had been penalised for a high challenge on Victor Moses.
Going behind seemed to galvanise the hosts and Luis Suarez levelled proceedings moments after half-time with a fine finish following Steven Gerrard’s square pass.
Kenny Dalglish’s side looked in the ascendancy, but Wigan regained the lead when Gary Caldwell beat Andy Carroll and fired the ball past Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina after James McCarthy’s long-range shot had deflected into his path.
The victory was the catalyst for a remarkable run of form by Wigan until the end of the season. They won seven out of their final nine matches to finish seven points clear of the drop zone in 15th. That winning streak included triumphs against Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Liverpool were seventh after the loss, which is where they finished the campaign.