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26 January 2018

Remembering that miracle Latics comeback in 2011, our final instalment of Five in Focus against West Ham United.

  • Last but not least our final Five in Focus features Latics' 3-2 comeback against West Ham United in 2011.
  • Charles N'Zogbia's double either side of Conor Sammon's equaliser kept Latics in the fight for Premier League survival.
  • Roberto Martinez masterminded a comeback from 2-0 down to relegate the Hammers at the DW Stadium.

N'Zogbia 57, 90+4
Sammon 68

Ba 12, 26

It's arguably the most memorable game the DW Stadium has ever hosted and certainly in the top five... Latics were 2-0 down, beaten, dejected and on the verge of relegation from the Premier League, but in the words of Emmerson Boyce, "there were heated words and there were inspirational words", cue a miraculous comeback and an out of this world atmosphere.

Demba Ba had the Hammers 2-0 within 26 minutes, capitalising on two deliveres from German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, with the second flicking on by James Tomkins before Senegalese striker Ba tapped home from close range.

Latics hadn't even played particularly poorly and were denied on a number of occasions by Rob Green who stopped Hugo Rodallega's over head kick and an effort from Mohamed Diame.

Dazed, confused and emotional (and that was just the supporters), Latics returned for the second half, refreshed by the introductions of Victor Moses and Conor Sammon and soon to be re-invigorated by the magic touch of Charles N'Zogbia.

The former Newcastle United man's free kick on 57 minutes was perfect. Over the wall and into Green's top corner. A glimmer of hope.

Step up (or should that be leap) Sammon who, 11 minutes later, coolly guided the ball into the bottom right corner sending Latics supporters into raptures. Latics were safe for another day at least, granted they'd need to win at Stoke City on the final day of the season and hope results elsewhere went in their favour.

Having been 2-0 down with 33 minutes to go, most would have taken the point and another shot at survival against the Potters, but not N'Zogbia.

The Frenchman grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the fourth minute of stoppage time, cutting in from the right hand side to squeeze a left footed effort under Green's body... cue mayhem in the stands!

West Ham relegated. Latics ecstatic.

Latics: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, McCarthy (Moses 46), Watson, N'Zogbia, Cleverley (Sammon 46), Diame, Rodallega (McArthur 90+5)
Unused subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, Di Santo, Gomez

West Ham: Green, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Spector (Parker 60), Spence, Bridge, Collison (Keane 83), Hitzlsperger, Ba, Hines, Piquionne (Cole 74)
Unused subs: Boffin, Upson, Da Costa, Sears


Match Stats Wigan Athletic 3 West Ham United 2 2011


"This was like rolling back the years, a phenomenal game, unique. Sometimes we were defending with three or five players against five or six opponents, and so were they.

"A draw was no good for either side and you have to take risks. Now we can prepare properly for Sunday and face the second cup final. Relegation doesn't happen over one game but that was as good a performance as we've seen here this season."

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