Wigan Athletic 2-0 Stoke City
Last Updated: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:22
Wigan improved their chances of avoiding relegation as they deservedly beat Stoke thanks to goals by Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses.
Although the Latics remain in the bottom three as both Bolton Wanderers and QPR also won, it was a crucial three points for Roberto Martinez's men as they built on last weekend's impessive victory at Liverpool.
As has been their Achilles heel all season, Wigan failed to convert a series of gilt-edged chances before eventually breaking the deadlock after the interval.
Asmir Begovic denied Franco Di Santo a fifth-minute opener while Jean Beausejour contrived to miss an open goal from just six yards out after being set up by Victor Moses.
Stoke were dire and it looked as though their long and busy season, this was the 49th game of their campaign, had finally caught up with them as they created virtually nothing in the 90 minutes.
Wigan started the second half brightly and were convinced they should have had a penalty when Dean Whitehead appeared to handle the ball only for referee Mark Clattenburg to wave play on.
The Latics deservedly broke the deadlock in the 55th minute though when the influential Shaun Maloney fed Beausejour who crossed for Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz to thump a header home.
The Potters never looked like getting back into the match and, after Beausejour had wasted another golden opportunity, Moses confirmed the victory with a stoppage-time goal, racing clear after Stoke had given the ball away on the halfway line.