| 4.4°C Dublin

Fortune fires late leveller

MARC ANTOINE FORTUNE denied Wigan all three points as his late header earned West Brom a deserved draw in this relegation clash with Wigan at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies went ahead with just five minutes on the clock through Peter Odemwingie from their first meaningful attack.

Jerome Thomas was the creator with a perfectly weighted ball which picked out the run of Odemwingie, who beat the offside trap and kept his cool to slide home.

Wigan drew level in the 20th minute after Youssouf Mulumbu brought down Charles N'Zogbia on the edge of the box.

N'Zogbia took the free-kick himself and it deflected off Mulumbu before flying past Boaz Myhill into the corner of the net for the winger's first goal in 13 matches.

Wigan took the lead in the 42nd minute when Ben Watson, who had a spell on loan at Albion last season, drilled the free-kick into the danger area from the left of the box and no-one got a touch before it flew into the far corner of the net.

A lively second half saw West Brom push for the equaliser, and minutes after hitting the post, Fortune headed home Thomas' 79th-minute cross to earn a share of the spoils. Wigan remain third from bottom, three points behind 16th-placed West Brom.

Irish Independent