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