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Latics destined for bottom-half finish
Published : 16 May 2009 16:37:00
Goals from Ricardo Fuller and James Beattie were the two bright spots as Stoke signed off in their final home match of the season with a 2-0 win over Wigan. The match only sprang into life in the last 20 minutes when Fuller's persistence saw him evade three defenders to fire past Richard Kingson. Beattie headed home Matt Etherington's cross in the 76th minute as the Potters clinched their 10th victory this season at the Britannia Stadium. Wigan have now failed to win in 15 of their last 17 Premier League matches and the end of the season cannot come quick enough for them. Part of the reason for that terrible run is their inability to score, with just nine league goals since the start of the year, and the problem reared its head again. Stoke, 11th, are now two points off Manchester City as they look to secure a top-half finish in their debut season in the top flight, while Steve Bruce's side are one place below and destined to end in the bottom 10.