Belfast Telegraph

Gomez spot-kick sinks Baggies

Wigan moved out of the bottom three as West Brom's penalty curse struck again with Jordi Gomez's spot-kick giving the Latics a 2-1 win in their Barclays Premier League clash at the Hawthorns.

Steven Reid's free-kick put the Baggies ahead but Victor Moses' first goal for 13 months brought Roberto Martinez's men level before half-time.

Then Albion conceded a penalty for the fourth successive home game when Reid was adjudged to have fouled Moses - and Gomez ensured back-to-back away wins for Wigan.

Martinez's side have now collected seven points from the last four games to revive their survival hopes.

Moses, whose previous goal came against Albion, was a constant threat. But Wigan also defended efficiently and limited the clearcut openings created by Roy Hodgson's side despite the tireless efforts of Shane Long.

West Brom made a positive start and Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi finger-tipped a powerful 20-yard drive from skipper Chris Brunt on to the bar. The Northern Irishman also had a cross headed just wide by Jonas Olsson.

After 32 minutes a superb free-kick from Reid put Albion ahead with his first goal of the campaign.

Gary Caldwell was penalised for a foul on Peter Odemwingie 25 yards from goal, although Latics boss Martinez made his feelings about the decision known to the fourth official. Up stepped Reid and curled his shot past the defensive wall and into the roof of the net with Al Habsi stranded.

Caldwell made an important block to deny Odemwingie a second goal for Albion before Wigan levelled through Moses. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu cut out a cross from Mohamed Diame but the ball fell into the path of Moses who curled his shot past Ben Foster.

After 57 minutes Wigan went ahead through Gomez's penalty. Reid felled Moses and up stepped Gomez to send Foster the wrong way with his penalty.


From Belfast Telegraph