West Brom beat Wigan

2009-05-09 18:11

Angus MacKinnon

London - West Brom gave their supporters reason to believe another great escape from relegation could be possible after a 3-1 win over Wigan on Saturday.

The victory, combined with Hull's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Stoke, lifted West Brom to within three points of safety with two matches - at home to Liverpool and away to Blackburn - left to play, a situation that has echoes of 2005 when Bryan Robson's side beat the drop from an apparently hopeless position.

On-loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune was West Brom's hero, scoring the Baggies' first and third goals as well as earning a penalty which Chris Brunt converted on the rebound after having his first effort saved by Richard Kingson.

Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega had claimed his first goal in English football to cancel out Fortune's opener but Steve Bruce's men, with nothing left to play for, had a distinct end-of-season look about them after the break.