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Premier League: Wigan 2 Stoke City 0

Wigan gave their Premier League survival hopes a boost after defeating Stoke City 2-0 at DW Stadium on Saturday.

Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses netted goals in the second half to give Roberto Martinez’s side their first win in front of their DW Stadium faithful since August.

The result was not enough to lift Wigan out of the relegation zone, but they remain there only by account of goal difference.

Stoke had the first chance of the game through Ryan Shawcross, who tested Wigan goalkeeper Al Habsi with a header from Jermaine Pennant’s corner.

Wigan responded through Franco Di Santo, the Argentine forcing Stoke custodian Asmir Begovic into his first save of the match.

The hosts stepped up the pressure with Shaun Maloney forcing another save from Begovic, before Stoke cleared a dangerous Jean Beausejour cross.

Beausejour should have handed his side a half-time advantage but somehow managed not to guide Moses’ cross into the net from close range.

Martinez’s side continued to press after the interval and were rewarded in the 55th minute when Beausejour picked out Alcaraz, who fired home a header for a deserved lead.

Beausejour had another golden chance in the 72nd minute, but again scuffed his shot after being left unmarked at the back post.

Despite their wastefulness in front of goal, Wigan made sure of the victory in injury time when Moses capped a fine performance by rounding Begovic and sending the ball home.

Sat 31 March, 2012
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