Moses fires Wigan to victory

The 19-year-old showed remarkable maturity in front of goal to
steer his effort beyond West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson and into
the corner. Moses had good cause for celebration in the 70th minute
as it was his first league goal this season, although he found the
target in the Carling Cup victory against Hartlepool. It was a cool
finish by the midfielder, who arrived from Crystal Palace at the
end of January transfer window for £2.5million. Wigan went
into the match having scored only nine goals in 12 league games but
with renewed confidence after drawing with Liverpool in midweek.
They almost made the breakthrough in the second minute following a
deep cross from Ronnie Stam. He found Tom Cleverley in acres of
space but the midfielder, on loan from Manchester United, saw his
effort turned away on the line by Pablo Ibanez. A minute later the
visitors were pegged back again when striker Hugo Rodallega
released Charles N’Zogbia inside the area but he stumbled and the
move broke down. Wigan were forced to make a change in the 17th
minute when defender Gary Caldwell limped off and was replaced by
his brother Steven, who arrived in the summer after playing for
Burnley last season. West Brom stepped up the pace and Peter
Odemwingie raced to the byline in the 26th minute. He cut the ball
back into the area but there was no-one on hand to take advantage
and Antolin Alcaraz made the clearance. Odemwingie was beginning to
find a lot of room and broke free – only to send his powerful shot
narrowly wide of the post. Back came Wigan and Alcaraz escaped his
marker in the 35th minute when N’Zogbia floated in a corner.
Alcaraz, however, only succeeded in sending a free header over the
bar from a good position. West Brom responded and seven minutes
later and Steven Reid delivered a long throw into the area. Paul
Scharner, back at his former club, flicked the ball on and James
Morrison got a decent connection, only to see his effort deflected
to safety. Scharner then saw his shot blocked a minute before
half-time after Wigan had failed to deal with a fine inswinging
free-kick from Chris Brunt. Moses came on at the start of the
second half for Jordi Gomez and he quickly made an impact, racing
away down the right. However, his cross in the 50th minute went
behind the waiting N’Zogbia. West Brom appealed for a penalty in
the 55th minute when Caldwell tripped Odemwingie as he cut inside.
Instead referee Anthony Taylor awarded a free-kick on the edge of
the area and Brunt’s effort came back off the wall. Wigan made the
vital breakthrough in the 70th minute through Moses – and West Brom
went in search of the equaliser. Steven Reid went close before the
home side should have added a second goal in the 82nd minute.
Substitute Franco Di Santo found himself clear on goal as Albion
waited in vain for the whistle for offside – but he dragged his
effort wide. Marc-Antoine Fortune almost equalised at the end but
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi blocked his shot to leave West Brom
frustrated. The newly-promoted side are beginning to find it hard
to win games after a bright start to the campaign.