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Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez could have been forgiven for thinking lady luck had at last bestowed her gifts on him for a change.

Twice West Bromwich Albion had come within a whisker of equalising, twice they had hit the post.

But Fortune belongs to Roberto Di Matteo, and the striker headed home in the 79th minute to give his side a point which could prove crucial come May.

Make no mistake about it, with Wigan inside the relegation zone and West Brom hovering just outside, both sides needed to win.

Goals from Peter Odemwingie and Fortune cancelled out efforts from Charles N’Zogbia and Ben Watson, the draw leaving things looking pretty grim for Wigan with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea to come in their next seven games.

West Brom started as though this was the night to do something about a run of one win in seven.

Jerome Thomas has been pivotal on the left of midfield this season, but the fifth minute saw him move inside, spotting Odemwingie making a creeping run behind Steve Gohouri and Gary Caldwell.

The striker dissected Thomas’ path with geometric precision, and before Ali Al Habsi knew it the ball was past him with a flick of Odemwingie’s white boot.

Worrying signs for Wigan, who went into this game with the weakest Premier League offence this season.

But if you are going to concede you might as well do it against the team with the joint-worst defensive record in the league, and leave 85 minutes to try and locate their net.

It helps to have an opponent happy to signpost the way and Youssouf Mulumbu, who has thrown his fair share of banana-skins in front of himself, was in an obliging mood.

First the midfielder brought N’Zogbia down on the edge of the area, then, when the Wigan midfielder fixed his eye on goal like a sniper and sent his shot low past the wall, made things worse by flailing a leg wildly at the ball and diverting it past his own goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

With West Brom’s defending on set-pieces verging on the non-existent, discipline around the area – especially in light of the matter of the equaliser – should have been a given. No excuses then for Gonzalo Jara, who fouled Maynor Figueroa in the left channel.

Watson curled his delivery into the area to be intercepted by one of his team-mates, but it was too high for everyone, which turned out to be in his favour as it flew unimpeded into the far corner.

Fortune, on for Simon Cox, hit the post, Chris Brunt doing exactly the same thing a minute later. The increased pressure paid off, Thomas delivering into the six yard box for Fortune to head in.

Di Matteo can breath a sigh of relief, but this does not disguise the fact that his side display less discipline in the danger areas than an untrained Labrador.

They will need to defend better than this if they are to stay up.

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