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Saturday, 23 March, 2002, 18:20 GMT
Wigan 1-2 Tranmere
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Former Wigan striker Stuart Barlow stole in for an 84th-minute winner to keep Tranmere in with a slim chance of reaching the play-offs with a 2-1 victory.

Barlow, controversially sold by Wigan two years ago, headed in an Alan Navarro cross after 10-man Wigan had gone close to victory but they were denied by the heroics of Tranmere goalkeeper John Achterberg.

Wigan went ahead through an 18th-minute penalty from Andy Liddell - his 15th goal of the season - after Gareth Roberts had handled a Scott Green cross.

But it all went wrong for Wigan in the space of two minutes.

Sean Thornton headed home a deep cross from Jason Koumas before Latics striker Lee McCulloch was sent off by referee Mike Riley for a two-footed challenge on Koumas.

But Wigan were the better side in the second half and Achterberg saved brilliantly from Jason De Vos and Stephen McMillan before Barlow struck the killer blow.


Wigan: Filan, Jackson, De Vos, De Zeeuw, Pendlebury, Green, Dinning, Mitchell, McMillan, McCulloch, Liddell. Subs: Ashcroft, Kilford, Dalglish, Roberts, Baines.

Tranmere: Achterberg, Allen, Hill, Sharps, Roberts, Thornton, Henry, Navarro, Koumas, Haworth, Hay. Subs: Barlow, Murphy, Rideout, Hinds, Hume.

Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

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