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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:21 22nd February 2014
By  Ben Soro-Perez

Report: Albion 1 Wigan 2

Goals either side of the interval condemned Albion to an undeserved 2-1 defeat this afternoon as Wigan continued their recent run of away wins. 

Strikes from James McArthur and Chris McCann ensured Albion’s impressive run of eight home games unbeaten came to an end, despite a late reply from Leo Ulloa.

Albion were the brighter of the two teams early on and created the game’s first opening when Ulloa controlled David Lopez’s cross before driving low at a sprawling Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal. 

Further near chances followed but they weren’t coming as regularly as Albion would have hoped and shortly after Gordon Greer’s near-post effort was saved, Wigan took the lead on a quick-fire counter attack. 

Seizing on a wayward pass, the Lactics broke at pace as James McArthur’s neat little step-over created enough space for him to bend his effort beyond Kuszczak from 18 yards. 

It was a smart finish but it gave the visitors an undeserved lead in a half dominated by Oscar Garcia’s men, and Albion almost responded immediately as Dale Stephens rattled the crossbar before the ball was well cleared.  

The constant pressure soon became a theme as Albion looked to get forward whenever possible against a Wigan team holding firm – a point emphasised at the interval with Albion enjoying over 60% possession. 

It mattered little however as only five minutes in the second half the Lactics doubled their advantage when Chris McCann rose highest to head beyond a diving Tomasz Kuszczak.

Again Oscar’s men looked to respond and Andrea Orlandi was unfortunate to only find the side netting with a well struck effort before Ulloa’s smart finish saw Albion pull a goal back. 

Finding himself in space, the Argentine’s first-time strike  with just under 15 minutes left on the clock saw the Seagulls finally find a way through a resolute Wigan back-line and ensured a nervy finish to proceedings. 

However despite numerous close calls the Seagulls could not find the equaliser as Uwe Rosler’s men recorded a fourth straight victory.

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