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Sunday 24 March 2013

On this day: Win at Anfield sparks Wigan hot streak

In series on Premier League's history, we look at Roberto Martinez's side winning last season

  • Shaun Maloney put Wigan ahead at Anfield from the penalty spot

  • Luis Suarez levelled the scores for Liverpool shortly after the break

  • Gary Caldwell squeezed the winner past Pepe Reina in the second half

  • Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi celebrates a win that sparked Wigan's survival

  • The home crowd at Anfield enjoyed some mild weather, if not the result rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

24 March 2012 Liverpool 1 Wigan 2

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.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember a vital win for Wigan away to Liverpool