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Wigan boost survival hopes, Gareth Bale helps Spurs to fourth

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 May, 2013, 4:00am
 

Wigan Athletic boosted their hopes of survival with a resilient 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Gareth Bale fired Tottenham Hotspur up to fourth place in the Premier League with a spectacular late winner against former club Southampton last night.

Callum McManaman scored a late winner as Wigan gave themselves renewed hope of avoiding relegation by twice coming from behind to win at West Brom.

The home side twice took the lead at the Hawthorns, through Shane Long and Gareth McAuley, only for Wigan to reply via Arouna Kone and substitute James McArthur, who scored with his first touch.

McManaman netted the decisive goal in the 80th minute.

The FA Cup finalists are now just two points below fourth-bottom Sunderland, who host Stoke City on Monday, and three points adrift of Newcastle United, who could only draw 0-0 at West Ham.

Bale was last week named the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year, to go with his double success at the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year awards, and he proved his worth once again with his 25th goal of the campaign.

Kick-off at White Hart Lane had been delayed by half an hour due to a nearby motorway closure and Southampton looked set for a hard-earned point until Bale struck with four minutes to play.

Gabriel Agbonlahor may have secured Aston Villa's top-flight status for another year after scoring an 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 success at Norwich City.

Elsewhere, deposed champions Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw at Swansea City in a forgettable game at the Liberty Stadium.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored twice as relegated Reading secured only their second away win of the season with a 4-2 success at Fulham, who fell to 13th place.

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