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Fortune snatches point for Baggies


Marc-Antoine Fortune

Marc-Antoine Fortune

Marc-Antoine Fortune

Substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune rescued a point for West Brom as they drew 2-2 in the Barclays Premier League relegation battle with Wigan at The Hawthorns.

Peter Odemwingie gave Albion an early lead only for the Latics to hit back through Charles N'Zogbia and Ben Watson. But Fortune salvaged a share of the spoils for the home side with 11 minutes remaining.

It keeps the Baggies three points ahead of Wigan with a game in hand.

The Baggies went ahead after five minutes through Odemwingie in their first meaningful attack.

Jerome Thomas was the creator with a perfectly-weighted ball which picked out the run of Odemwingie who beat the offside trap to slide the ball past Ali Al Habsi.

But Wigan drew level in the 20th after Youssouf Mulumbu brought down N'Zogbia on the edge of the box. N'Zogbia took the free-kick himself and it deflected off Mulumbu before flying past Boaz Myhill into the corner of the net.

And the Latics took the lead in the 42nd minute after Gonzalo Jara was booked for chopping down Maynor Figueroa. Watson drilled the free-kick into the danger area from the left of the box and no-one got a touch before it flew into the far corner of the net.

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Albion built up a head of steam after the break and Fortune crashed a 20-yard drive against a post. The woodwork also denied Chris Brunt after good play by Odemwingie.

With 11 minutes left Fortune brought Albion back on level terms. Mulumbu sprayed the ball out to Thomas whose cross was headed home by Fortune.

Albion had penalty appeals rejected in injury-time when the ball bounced up and appeared to hit the hand of Gary Caldwell.

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