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Morrison: Celebrates the opener

Morrison: Celebrates the opener

West Bromwich Albion secured a well-deserved 2-1 win at Wigan thanks to a James Morrison header and a Gary Caldwell own goal.

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Wigan started the game brightly with James McCarthy and Ben Watson firing a flurry of shots at Boaz Myhill from range, with West Brom lacking both ideas and pace in midfield.

The final ball was poor from both sides, with chances from in and around the box at a premium in the opening half hour, but that all changed when the Baggies took the lead against the run of play.

Chris Brunt worked his way into a wide position and picked out the forehead of Morrison with a pinpoint cross. Morrison made no mistake directing the ball past Ali Al-Habsi to grab the opener.

Spurred on by that goal, the away side continued to push forward, and Billy Jones almost grabbed a second goal after slamming the ball into the side netting.

It was Caldwell who allowed the away side to double their tally, though, the Wigan defender turning the ball into his own net after a cross from Jones.

Just as the Latics were looking beaten, they grabbed a goal back before the break, Arouna Kone stroking the ball in at the back post after some shocking defending from the away side.

The second half had nowhere near as many spills and thrills as the opening 45 minutes. Caldwell almost made amends for his own goal just after the restart, but he sent a free header wide of the target.

At the other end, a stinging shot from Romelu Lukaku forced a magnificent fingertip save from Al-Habsi.

Shaun Maloney perhaps should have done better after cutting inside on the edge of the box and pulling the trigger, before watching the ball drift over the bar.

But West Brom held on to record a well-deserved win and consolidated their fifth position in the league.

Posted: 10/11/12 16:42

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