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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,756) 4th May 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Probert

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

W Brom 2

S Long (29)
G McAuley (50)


Wigan 3

A Kone (39)
J McArthur (58)
C McManaman (80)

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  1. Thanks for joining me this afternoon, sorry I couldn't post all of your views, will do my best to do so next time. Do stick around for all the post-match reports and interviews.

  2. What a result for Wigan! They fight back to claim a priceless victory!! Is the great escape on yet again???

  3. 90+5

    FT: West Brom 2 Wigan 3

  4. 90+5

    Off the line by McArthur!!! Wigan escape!!

  5. 90+4

    Scharner flies in on Jones, reckless challenge that. Free kick to West Brom in a dangerous position over on the right.

  6. 90+3

    Brown is booked for a late challenge on McCarthy. Free kick to Wigan.

  7. 90+2

    Thomas puts in a teasing cross from the left but Jones can quite get on the end of it, Espinoza blocking off his run into the box.

  8. 90

    FIVE minutes to be added on!

  9. 89

    Great save Joel!! The Wigan 'keeper dives to his right to palm away Dorrans' long range effort!

  10. 88

    Wigan defending for their lives now, Maloney is tripped on the edge of his own box and wins his side a free kick.

  11. 86

    Final change for West Brom: Mulumbu is replaced by 16-year-old Isaiah Brown, who makes his debut.

  12. 86

    Morrison has a shot but he gets it all wrong and the ball is sliced over.

  13. 84

    Mulumbu cuts in from the right and sends a curling effort just wide.

  14. 82

    Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland fans will all be getting a bit nervy now. If it stays like this all three clubs will be dragged further into danger.

  15. 80

    Never, EVER write Wigan off!! Lovely play from Maloney (again) as he jinks to the byline and finds McManaman, who sidefoots home from five yards. Incredible.

  16. 80

    Goal for Wigan!! McManaman!!

  17. 76

    The delivery is poor though and it goes out for a goal kick.

  18. 76

    McAuley is booked for a crude late challenge on Maloney. Free kick to Wigan on the left.

  19. 76

    Better news for Mulumbu though, he is back on the pitch.

  20. 75

    Sub for Wigan: Jean Beausejour is stretchered off and replaced by Roger Espinoza.

  21. 72

    Injury worries for both sides, Beausejour is signalling that he needs to come off while Mulumbu is down and needs treatment.

  22. 72

    West Brom break quickly and Jones is played in down the right but his shot is well saved by the legs of Joel.

  23. 69

    It's all gone a bit quiet at the Hawthorns, can either side muster a winner?

  24. 66

    Roman Golobart is booked for a late challenge on Long

  25. 64

    Double change for West Brom: Jerome Thomas is on for Lukaku while Rosenberg is replaced by James Morrison.

  26. 63

    Maloney puts in another dangerous free kick but Kone sends a header well over.

  27. 62

    Credit to Wigan for fighting their way back into the game - is a draw enough though?

  28. 60

    West Brom nearly go ahead again when McAuley sends a header just over from a corner.

  29. 58

    Roberto Martinez take a bow! He sends on James McArthur who scores with his first touch!! Lovely diving header from Maloney's cross!

  30. 58

    Goal for Wigan!!! McArthur!!!

  31. 57

    Double change for Wigan: Jordi Gomez and Ronnie Stam are replaced by Roman Golobart and James McArthur.

  32. 57

    Maloney is booked for tripping Shane Long.

  33. 55

    James McArthur is set to come on for Wigan. They certainly need something to get them going again as its West Brom who look the most likely scorers at present.

  34. 53

    Roberto Martinez will be frustrated, after getting themselves back into the game Wigan have gifted their opponents another goal, it was really sloppy defending. Not that West Brom care, they are striding forward looking for more.

  35. 50

    It's oh so simple for West Brom. Dorrans' free kick finds the head of Gareth McAuley, who gets ahead of Kone and beats Joel with a downward header.

  36. 50

    Goal for West Brom!! McAuley!!

  37. 49

    Foul by Scharner on Long, free kick to West Brom over on the right hand side of the Latics half.

  38. 48

    McManaman goes on another mazy run but runs out of space when he gets into the area and West Brom clear.

  39. 46

    West Brom get us underway...

  40. The two teams are back out on the field, crucial 45 minutes coming up.....

  41. Wigan will probably be the happier team at the break given they fell behind. Both teams know they will need to play better though if they are to grab all three points.

  42. 45+2

    HT: West Brom 1 Wigan 1

  43. 45+1

    McManaman skips inside from the right and space opens up for a shot, but it is deflected wide for a corner.

  44. 45

    Two minutes will be added on.

  45. 42

    Rosenberg tries to dink in a cross towards Lukaku, but is goes over his head and Joel claims.

  46. 40

    Billy Jones is booked for a foul in the build-up to that goal, the referee playing the advantage.

  47. 39

    Out of nothing Wigan are level!! Beausejour's wonderful cross is headed home by Kone! Game on!

  48. 39

    Goal for Wigan!! Kone!!

  49. 38

    Wigan give the ball away again inside their own half, West Brom come forward, but Lukaku can't quite get a shot away and the ball goes out of play.

  50. 36

    Close!! Maloney's free kick has Foster beaten, but it curls a yard wide of the right-hand post.

  51. 36

    Maloney is shoved over by Dorrans, free kick to Wigan 25 yards from goal.

  52. 35

    Wigan careless in possession again and Rosenberg breaks away, forcing Boyce to put the ball behind. The corner is poor though and Joel can claim.

  53. 33

    Billy Jones goes on a mazy run down the right and puts in a teasing cross, but no-one is there to convert. Great play by the full back.

  54. 31

    The corner is claimed by Foster.

  55. 31

    Wigan really up against it now, but they nearly hit back straight away, Stam's dangerous cross cleared for a corner by McAuley.

  56. 29

    Scharner loses possession in midfield, Lukaku plays it through to Rosenberg down the right and his low cross is converted by Shane Long from close range.

  57. 29

    Goal for West Brom!! Long!!

  58. 26

    A fleeting bit of action as Kone gets in behind the defence, cuts back, and plays in a cross that is just too high for McManaman, who can only glance a header wide.

  59. 24

    That's the polite way of saying it isn't a very exciting game - plenty of time to go though!

  60. 23

    Both teams playing neat and tidy football but with no real end product so far.

  61. 21

    Stam puts in yet another cross, but it is easy for Foster to catch. The Latics are not committing too many men forward at present.

  62. 20

    Long trips Scharner, free kick to Wigan inside their own half.

  63. 19

    The corner is poor and West Brom can clear.

  64. 18

    Kone strides forward and fires in a fizzing shot from 25 yards that Foster pushes wide for a corner.

  65. 16

    McManaman has a shot from distance but he doesn't get any power behind it and Foster easily saves.

  66. 15

    Markus Rosenberg does well to win a corner off Scharner, but West Brom make a mess of it and Wigan clear.

  67. 14

    Beausejour breaks forward and puts in a teasing cross towards Kone, but it is too close to Ben Foster who comes out to claim.

  68. 13

    Graham Dorrans has two efforts from distance, both blocked by Ben Watson, in the space of two minutes.

  69. 12

    West Brom have started well here, they are pushing Wigan further and further back.

  70. 11

    Romelu Lukaku latches on to a poor backheader by Stam, but his first-time volley goes well over the bar.

  71. 10

    Graham Dorrans takes the free kick but it is straight at Joel.

  72. 09

    Ben Watson handles the ball on the edge of the area, free kick West Brom in a dangerous position.

  73. 09

    Ridgewell is booked for tugging back Callum McManaman.

  74. 07

    Ridgewell puts in a low cross from the left, it's picked up by Shane Long at the far post, but his low drilled cross from a tight angle is smartly held by Joel Robles.

  75. 06

    Ronnie Stam does well down the right but sees his cross well cleared by Jonas Olsson.

  76. 04

    'There's only one Dean Saunders' rings around the Hawthorns, in a cheeky dig at Black Country rivals Wolves, who have just dropped into League One. No love lost between those two sets of fans!

  77. 03

    Liam Ridgewell comes forward and wins a corner off Emmerson Boyce. The ball is swung in, but Joel Robles punches clear.

  78. 02

    Jean Beausejour is penalised for handball, free kick West Brom in their own half.

  79. 01

    We are underway.....

  80. Former Baggie Paul Scharner gets a warm reception from the home supporters on his return to the Hawthorns, that may change if he scores of course...

  81. The referee this afternoon is Lee Probert.

  82. Here come the two teams onto the field.....

  83. 'Believe' reads a banner unfurled in the Wigan end, it's certainly now or never for the Latics. Not long to kick off now.....

  84. West Brom are a big price to add to their best ever tally in a Premier League season as Wigan go to the Hawthorns with their top-tier status at stake.The Latics are 4/11 to be relegated and anything less than a win will see those odds shorten further, but the Baggies may take their foot off the gas.... With a six-point cushion over Swansea behind them and the same amount to make up in order to catch seventh-placed Liverpool, West Brom could be forgiven for assuming that seventh-place is sealed.With 48 points on the board, this is already their most successful season in the Premier League and the visitors are hoping to avoid a third straight away defeat.The Latics, however, are dangerous from set-pieces and have scored a higher proportion of their goals from corners than any side in the division.Thus, backing the big men in the goalscorers market makes sense, with Emerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell and Paul Scharner each 12/1 to score in 90 minutes.

  85. Preview from our friends at Skybet coming up......

  86. Just 7% of West Brom's goals this season (three of 46) have come in the opening 15 minutes; a league-low proportion.

  87. After a run of one defeat in six away league games, Wigan have lost their last two in a row without troubling the scorers.

  88. Always assuming three points for a win, the last time the Baggies had more than 48 points after 34 games of a top-flight season was back in 1980/81 (59).

  89. Steve Clarke's side have already won more points this season (48) than they have ever managed before in a Premier League campaign.

  90. Here are few stats about the two teams ahead of today's game.....

  91. So, what do you think of those teams and your hopes for today Baggies and Latics fans? Let me know your thoughts via email or Tweet me @Tom_Mallows.

  92. Ronnie Stam is recalled to the Wigan team in place of Maynor Figueroa, who will miss the rest of the season with a groin injury. Ben Watson returns to the starting XI for the first time since November in place of James McArthur.

  93. West Brom boss Steve Clarke makes three changes from the side that beat Southampton 3-0 last weekend. Markus Rosenberg is handed only his third Premier League start replacing the suspended Marc-Antoine Fortune. Youssouf Mulumbu is straight back into the side after completing a ban of his own, James Morrison makes way. Billy Jones also comes into the starting XI in place of the injured Steven Reid.

  94. WBA subs: Myhill, Tamas, Dawson, Morrison, Odemwingie, Brown, Thomas

  95. WBA: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Long, Rosenberg, Lukaku

  96. Wigan subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Golobart

  97. Wigan: Robles, Kone, McCarthy, Watson, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Beausejour, Stam, Scharner

  98. The teams are in........

  99. Life is a lot calmer for Baggies boss Steve Clarke, with the club set to record their highest Premier League finish. Not that he will allow any of his players to take their foot of the gas in their remaining games.

  100. The objective is relatively simple for the Latics this afternoon. With five points separating themselves and the three sides directly above them, anything but a win will leave their top flight status hanging by a thread.

  101. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Premier League encounter at the Hawthorns, it's West Brom taking on relegation threatened Wigan.



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