May 4, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​The Hawthorns
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
WiganWigan Athletic
McAuley (50'), Long (29')
Ridgewell (9'), Jones (39'), McAuley (76'), Brown (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Koné (39'), McManaman (80'), McArthur (58')
Maloney (57'), Golobart (67'), Scharner (90')

Match Analysis: West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman celebrates scoring against West Brom on May 4, 2013
© PA Photos
Sports Mole takes a look at the key talking points from Wigan Athletic's 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Wigan Athletic beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to improve their chances of staving off relegation from the Premier League.

Callum McManaman's 80th-minute goal confirmed victory for the Latics, who twice fell behind during a dramatic contest at The Hawthorns.

The win means that Roberto Martinez's side are just two points from safety with three games left to play this season.

Sports Mole takes a look at the key points on an entertaining afternoon in the Premier League.

Match statistics:

West Brom:
Shots 17
On target 11
Corners 7
Fouls 7
Possession 51%

Shots 13
On target 8
Corners 5
Fouls 7
Possession 49%

Was the result fair?

West Brom supporters may argue that they deserved a point and for the majority of the game it appeared as though the Baggies had done enough to secure a draw. However, as the game reached its climax, it was Wigan who showed that extra bit of desire to snatch the victory.

West Brom performance

The hosts started the contest well and looked dangerous in attack, with Shane Long and Markus Rosenberg both impressing in the first half. However, Steve Clarke's side seemed to lose their attacking edge in the second half and lost control of the game when Rosenberg and Romelu Lukaku were substituted.

Wigan performance

Martinez finds a way to get his side to produce something special every year at this stage of the season. Wigan were not always at their best today but they showed great commitment and a willingness to fight to collect three points from their trip to the West Midlands.

Sports Mole's man of the match:

Shaun Maloney: The 30-year-old once again proved his importance to this Wigan team. The Scottish midfielder was a constant threat to the West Brom defence with his dangerous runs and clever passing in the final third of the pitch. Maloney played a part in all three Wigan goals and his skill to pick out McManaman for the winner was nothing short of magical.

Biggest gaffe:

Clarke has done very little wrong in his first season with West Brom and it's difficult to criticise the manager considering the success the Baggies have enjoyed this year. However, his decision to bring off Lukaku and Rosenberg seemed to change the game for all the wrong reasons. Wigan looked more comfortable without the pair on the pitch and the hosts ran out of ideas late on in the game.

Referee's performance:

Lee Probert had a very good game this afternoon. The man in the middle let the game flow and showed good common sense throughout the contest. Each side had an appeal for a penalty rejected but Probert can be happy with his display on today.

What next?

West Brom: The Baggies make the journey to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

Wigan: Martinez and his team welcome Swansea City to the DW Stadium on Tuesday as they look to claim another crucial victory.

Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman celebrates scoring against West Brom on May 4, 2013
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