sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2011

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic

Having suffered the severest form of travel sickness for more than three months, suddenly Wigan Athletic are relishing life on the road in the Premier League, their away-day wins arriving like London buses.
Against West Brom yesterday they secured their second consecutive away victory, a significant one in that it lifted Roberto Martínez’s men from the foot of the table and out of the relegation places.
Their previous away win, at Sunderland, was also telling as it resulted in Steve Bruce’s departure as manager on Wearside.
However, if Martin O’Neill begins a new era at the Stadium of Light with a win against Blackburn today, Wigan will plunge back in to the danger zone. Should the Irishman rejuvenate the club further, that victory may have come at an even greater cost to Martínez’s cause.
Wigan achieved their success the hard way, cancelling out a one-goal deficit after Steven Reid’s superbly executed free-kick nudged Albion ahead.

Victor Moses, the England Under-21 player who celebrates his 21st birthday tomorrow, revived Wigan’s fortunes with two inspirational moments of skill. The first came four minutes after Reid had curled a set-piece over the defensive wall and into the top corner of the net to conclude a mini bout of West Brom pressure.
Their delight was brief. Mohamed Diame’s left wing centre was not cleared. Moses showed instant control and vision, creating for himself time and space, before directing a fine finish beneath the crossbar. It was his first goal since he scored against West Brom 13 months ago.
“That was as good a goal as you will see in this league but playing for Wigan you perhaps don’t get the same kind of credit for it,” said Martínez. “That’s his 21st birthday present. He doesn’t get anything from me unless he scores a hat-trick.”
There was more to come from Moses in the second half, with a sublime chip that was stopped by Ben Foster before a left-wing run and dribble induced Reid to foul the winger inside the area, thus conceding West Brom’s fourth successive penalty at home. Jordi Gómez converted, calm as you like, his left-foot effort sending Foster the wrong way.
With trips to Blackburn and Newcastle before Manchester City visit on Boxing Day, a tough period awaits West Brom.
Yet while Martínez talked of light at the end of the tunnel, the arrival of Chelsea then Liverpool to the DW Stadium before Christmas may leave him hankering for life on the road again.
To that end, a journey to Old Trafford on Dec 26 awaits. Pass the sick bag.

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