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ON THIS DAY: VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF RELEGATION

15 May 2019

The chips were down at half time, but Roberto Martinez's Latics still had the fight in them... it was our favourite time of the season after all...

  • On This Day | 15 May 2011 | Latics 3 West Ham United 2.
  • The greatest comeback? Latics lived to fight another day despite trailing 2-0 at half time.
  • Charles N'Zogbia sent Latics' survival bid to the final day in the dying moments, relegating West Ham in the process.

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 according to captain 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 up within 26 minutes, capitalising on two deliveres from German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, with the second flicked on by James Tomkins before the 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.

His free kick on 57 minutes was perfect. Over the wall and into Green's top corner. A glimmer of hope from the Frenchman.

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 with his first and last goal in blue and white. 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.

Most would have taken the point and another shot at survival against the Potters given the prior circumstances, 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.



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