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Albion v Wigan - from the Amex
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- ALBION 1 WIGAN 2
- Albion suffer cruel blow
- McArthur curls opener (21)
- Goal against run of play
- Stephens hits underside of bar
- McCann heads second (50)
- Ulloa replies (78)
- Six pages of coverage PLUS Cup preview in The Argus on Monday
Albion forced two corners in the four added minutes.
They had given it everything but could not avert a fourth home defeat of the Championship season.
Final: Albion 1 Wigan 2
Ulloa was fouled on halfway and took a quick free-kick himself, angling a fine pass out to Buckley. The winger cut inside and his curler was pushed out by Al Habsi - just missing the oncoming Ulloa.
Then Obika produced brilliant skill to make room - but a poor low cross which went straight to Al Habsi.
Ince tried his luck with a shot from outside the box which was just inches wide as the keeper stood and watched.
Bruno sent Albion moving again with a glorious ball into the path of Buckley but Obika could not get a telling touch to the low cross.
Beausejour was booked for time-wasting over a throw-ina drive just wide.
Then LuaLua fired a drive just wide.
Albion got one back when a corner was nodded down into the goalmouth and ULLOA thrashed it home left-footed.
Orlandi was now at left-back.
The final home switch saw Obika replace Lopez.
Waghorn seemed to have set up a third for Maynard but the striker shot wide in front of goal - and had strayed offside in any case.
Before play resumed, the Latics sent on Espinoza for Waghorn.
Att: 27,490 (676 away fans)
Albion went for broke as left winger LuaLua replaced left-back Ward.
Buckley switched to the left and went down as he tried to force his way past Ramis but penalty appeals were waved away.
Buckley opened up Wigan with his first run and fed Ulloa with his back to goal - but his lay off was sliced wide by the left foot of David Lopez.
Al Habsi was taking a long time over goal kicks. It earned him a telling-off from ref Boyeson but no card.
Some Albion fans through Orlandi had reduced arrears - but his shot hit the side-netting.
Then Stephens headed a good chance wide at full stretch when Ulloa was moving in behind him.
Wigan sent on for Gomez for McEachran while Buckley replaced David Rodriguez.
Orlandi lifted home spirits with a fabulous cross which Barnett headed rather awkwardly over his own goal.
As pressure continued, David Lopez's teasing cross was tipped over by Al Habsi under a lot of pressure.
But Ulloa headed over from that flag kick.
Wigan made a bright start to the second half and hald already seen a shot deflect wide when, from their second corner of the half, McCANN was unmarked to head home.
Wigan won a penalty in aadded time but Waghorn's delivery was overhit.
Half: Albion 0 Wigan 1
Despite the scoreline, Albion were playaing some super stuff - and the crowd were getting behind them.
Wigan had not offered much apart from the goal!
But they were close to a carbon copy when Waghorn curled left footed past the top corner.
Then Bruno delivered a superb cross which Wigan scrambed away for a corner.
When that was cleared, Bruno worked a clever one-two with David Lopez and drove the ball in low from the byline but there was no home player to get a touch.
David Lopez was looking full of confidence and ideas.
He angled a pass into the path of Ulloa from the right touchline but the striker's control let hom down and Wigan shielded the ball back to Al Habsi.
Albion almost levelled quickly but Stpehens hit the underside of the bar running on to Ward's low cross.
Rodriguez showed good pace as he turned away from a defender and got in a low cross to the near post, but Greer - still up in the goalmouth following a corner - shot straight at Al Habsi.
Albion were on top - but they were on for a shock.
Wigan launched a counter attack and supplied McARTHUR to cut inside and curl a terrific finish across Kuszczak.
Then Albion worked a nice move down the left which brought back memories of the winning goal against Doncaster as Ward hung up a cross from near the corner flag. This time Stephens, rather than Ulloa, meet it with a header which glanced wide.
As the hosts continued to press, Ince's run behind the defence was found but his cutback failed to pick out a team mate.
Then Albion stitched together a lovely move which saw David Lopez pick out Ulloa with a chipped, angled apss. The striker controlled on his chest and let fly with a low right foot volley which Al Habsi held well diving towards his right hand post.
David Lopez replied with a lovely little pass which got Stephens breaking forward to the right of goal - but his low cross could not quite pick out the run of David Rodriguez.
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Wigan were attacking the North Stand and offered immediate threat as McClean got past the stumbling Bruno and crossed low. But Albion cleared for a corner which was dealt with capably.
Here we go.
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