Latics inspired to vic-tory by the superb Moses
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0
Report by Paul Chialton
Victor Moses inspired Latics to three vital points at the DW Stadium bursting onto the scene at half-time to breathe life into the game and score the all-important winner.
It was the end product of a fantastic counter-attack midway through the second-half, with the superb Charles N'Zogbia carrying the ball from the half-way line to slip in Moses down the right-side of the area.
His finish was impeccable, tucking into the bottom left corner and bringing the DW to its feet. The winger had made some introduction after a quiet first 45 minutes, lifting the whole team and creating a real buzz to the game.
Latics' display after the break was more confident, composed and controlling, moving the ball round a lot smoother and asking more questions of the West Brom defence.
Moses and N'Zogbia were pivotal, with their piercing runs leaving the opposition scrambling. Backed-up by the hard-working Tom Cleverley the three combined with great effect in attack.
Franco Di Santo came into the fold late on and had a golden chance to extend the lead but could not direct his shot goal-wards.
It mattered not in the end as the defence stood tall, even after captain Gary Caldwell was taken off early on. Ronnie Stam provided good strength on the right side and gave Jerome Thomas no chance of a break down the wing.
MO-MO-MOSES: Victor celebrates winner with Diame
So with a little more grit and graft added to the confident display we saw on Wednesday night Latics wrapped up three valuable points ahead of next week's trip to Old Trafford.
Latics: Al Habsi; Stam, G. Caldwell (S. Caldwell, 17), Alcaraz, Gohouri; Thomas, Diame; N'Zogbia, Gomez (Moses, 46), Cleverley; Rodallega (Di Santo, 77)
Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, Figueroa
West Brom: Carson; Reid, Shorey, Tamas, Ibanez, Thomas, Brunt, Scharner (Barnes, 67), Morrison (Cox, 73), Mulumbu (Fortune, 89), Odemwingie
Subs: Myhill, Dorrans, Cech, Zuiverloon