Friday 08 March 2013
A first-half strike from Hugo Rodallega gave Wigan Athletic a crucial victory in their bid to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League against Liverpool.
Wigan had failed to win in their previous seven matches and were slipping towards the drop zone before the Monday night fixture, but Rodallega’s goal was enough to reward a fine display from Roberto Martinez's side.
The Colombia striker, who made over 100 Premier League appearances during four seasons at the DW Stadium, converted an Emmerson Boyce cross that resulted from a mistake by Dirk Kuyt ten minutes before the break.
The importance of the victory was shown by Roberto Martinez’s side winning only two out of their last ten matches in the 2009/10 campaign, but it was enough to finish six points clear of the relegation zone in 16th.
The defeat dented Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four, and Rafael Benitez's side were a point adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, having played a game fewer, and two behind Manchester City.
Liverpool eventually finished seventh, seven points adrift of Tottenham in fourth, but qualified for Europe for an 11th consecutive season with a spot in the UEFA Europa League.