Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday May 20 2011
Vital Latics member Jo Bradley, better known on the Latics Speyk forum as wigginer, gives us her thoughts on that dramatic game, over to you wigginer:
Well, what can I say about Sunday that hasn't been said already. It was the biggest comeback since Lazarus. A fantastic end to end game that just had you on the edge of your seat. West Ham had pegged us back 2-0 by half-time and it just felt like one of those days and trust me we have had our fair share of those. We just couldn't seem to find the back of the net. So when half-time came up, I needed alcohol refreshments for my nerves.
I met Andrew at the bar, who is a staunch Everton fan but a Wiganer all the same, who had come along to give us support with his son Harry. He said he wasn't surprised that we were going down with the amount of chances we had. He was right and I couldn't argue, but inside me was reeling as I had a feeling we could convert Andrew to a Latics Blue especially with his son Harry already being one.
Anyway half-time over and Conor Sammon and Victor Moses came on, which in hindsight were bang on the money subs. I don't know what Roberto said at half time but by God, those lads fought right till the end.
The first goal was a free kick just outside the box taken by Charles N'Zogbia after being fouled by James Tomkins, it was a sublime curling kick into the top left hand corner of the net. That just seemed to ignite some thought in our players, that they could get something out of this.
The second goal was from an awesome pass by Ben Watson through to Conor Sammon, who had hassled and put the defence under pressure since coming on. I don't think they knew what to make of him. He cut back onto his left, shot with his right and bang, eruption all over the DW.
The fans were delirious, then out from the blue, but with great timing was the now infamous light aircraft towing a banner with the message 'Avram Grant - Milwall Legend'. That Sammon equaliser condemned West Ham to relegation and the Championship.
All credit to West Ham though, they didn't give up and missed quite a few good chances. But that didn't deter us and in the dying minutes, our talisman Charles N'Zogbia got space in the West Ham box and with his trusty left foot took aim and it seemed like an eternity that ball hitting the back of the net but it did and I have NEVER seen the DW stadium come so alive. Many were in tears including me.
ROLE ON SUNDAY.
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By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
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Date:Friday May 20 2011
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