English Premiership

Wigan send Hammers packing

2011-05-15 19:09
Charles N'Zogbia (Associated Press)

London - West Ham became the first team relegated from the Premier League this season after squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Wigan on Sunday.

Needing to win to prolong a six-year stay in the top division, the Hammers were 2-0 up after 26 minutes through goals by Demba Ba.

But Charles N'Zogbia started Wigan's comeback with a 57th-minute free kick and Conor Sammon equalised 11 minutes later with his first goal for the club. N'Zogbia then scored deep into injury time with a shot across goalkeeper Robert Green and in at the far post.

The defeat left West Ham bottom of the standings with 33 points, six fewer than Wigan, who now stand a chance of avoiding the drop in next week's final round.

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