Wigan Athletic 1-2 West Bromwich Albion – Match Review
West Brom continued their strong start to the season with victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium.
The Baggies have began well under new boss Steve Clarke and their first away success under of the season keeps them fifth in the table.
Peter Odemwingie was a surprise exclusion from the visitors starting lineup, despite scoring both goals in the win over Southampton on Monday, with Romelu Lukaku preferred up front.
It proved to be a shrewd move as they easily beat the Latics who continued their jekyll and hyde form, failing to build on last weeks excellent performance at Tottenham.
And Roberto Martinez will be unhappy with the manner in which they fell behind in the 31st minute against the run of play. Chris Brunt delivered a pinpoint cross into the penalty area and James Morrison ghosted in to plant a header past Ali Al-Habsi.
More sloppy defending followed two minutes before the break as the away side doubled their advantage, Billy Jones seeing his effort heavily deflecting of Gary Caldwell after he charged into the box.
But there was hope for the hosts as Arouna Kone converted Jean Beausejour’s superb low cross from six-yards to halve the deficit on the stroke of half time.
However there wasn’t to be an equaliser for Wigan as Boaz Myhill, making his first start of the season, was rarely troubled in the West Brom goal, and it was infact Al Habsi at the opposite end was busier of the two keepers making an outstanding save to thwart Lukaku from 12-yards.