Wigan rallies to beat West Brom 2-1

Jordi Gomez lifted Wigan off the foot of the Premier League

table by converting a second-half penalty to clinch a 2-1 win over

West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Spanish midfielder found the corner in the 57th minute after

Victor Moses was fouled by West Brom right back Steven Reid, who

had put the hosts ahead in the 33rd with a sublime free kick.

Moses, with a perfectly placed curler into the top corner,

equalized four minutes later with his first goal in 13 months and

Gomez’s third in four matches completed the turnaround for Wigan,

which bounced back from a 4-0 hammering by Arsenal last


”We had to cope with the hardest thing in football, which is

going one goal behind, to a fantastic piece of skill from Reid,”

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said.

”For an hour, I thought we were very comfortable. We kept the

ball very well, we looked like a team playing with real confidence.

To do that when you are bottom of the table, gives you great


Wigan is now three points clear of Bolton, which dropped to the

bottom after losing 2-1 to Aston Villa on Saturday.

West Brom, which stayed in 15th place, hit the goal frame twice

– through Chris Brunt early in the first half and top scorer Shane

Long 11 minutes from time.

”It was one of those days where you find it hard to assess

things, in the sense that losing at home to a team below you in the

table should fill you with a lot of regrets and anger,” West Brom

manager Roy Hodgson said. ”But I can’t be angry with that

performance, really, because I don’t think we can play a lot better

than that.”