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West Ham United
25 September 2012
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: C. Pawson
• Attendance: 25934
West Ham United
M. Maïga 7'
M. Boselli 14', 41'
Jordi Gómez 84'
90' + 4'
And the referee brings the match to an end. A comprehensive win for the visitors, who were behind after just six minutes lest we forget! West Ham see their cup dream die but will doubtless be concentrating all their efforts on staying in the Premier League this term.
90' + 1'
Four minutes of added time at Upton Park.
A late substitute for Wigan as two-goal hero Boselli makes way for Pilip Orsula.
Wigan have yet another corner as Miyaichi's cross is blocked. The Latics have run riot here after recovering from the early setback of conceding.
Penalty Goal Jordi Gómez
GOAL! And it is Gomez who takes, beating Henderson well to hand his side a three-goal lead.
Some disagreement in the Wigan camp over who will take this. Boselli is on a hat-trick of course and is being backed by captain Caldwell to take it but Jordi Gomez has other ideas.
PENALTY TO WIGAN! McArthur breaks through in the box and gets to the ball before Henderson leaving the referee little chance to point to the spot. A short break before the spot-kick as O'Neil receives treatment.
OOH CLOSE! Hall shoots in the box and sees his shot deflected onto the crossbar. The subsequent corner is headed away comfortably.
Miyaichi heavily involved for the visitors, seeing a cross blocked before being flagged offside in the box after latching onto a Boselli header.
Wigan make a change of their own as Callum McManaman is replaced by Jordi Gomez.
Matty Taylor replaces Mark Noble for the hosts.
Maiga heads across goal but again fails to test Al-Habsi. Wigan appear happy to sit back and soak up the pressure and are doing so magnificently this half.
West Ham have two free-kicks on the bounce in promising positions but manage to waste both. The second goes out for a corner but Wigan easily clear.
Vaz Te is withdrawn for Matthias Fanimo after a frustrating night for the former Bolton man.
Ricardo Vaz Te
A tale of two mishit passes now. Miyaichi fails to find a Wigan shirt with a cutback in the box and just moments later O'Neil is similarly wasteful at the other end. Still 3-1.
Maiga heads over from a Spence cross and Wigan are still looking good for their two-goal lead. Is there any way back into this for the Hammers?
Vaz Te is the latest Hammers player to have a pop, but can only drag wide from distance.
Maiga is muscled off the ball in the box following a poor touch. A bit more fight from the Hammers but Wigan in control still.
Wigan taking the pace out of the game already, and the Hammers fans don't seem to believe their team can get back into this. Still plenty of time remaining, though.
Wigan settle into a rhythm rather quickly, soaking up West Ham pressure before Callum McManaman is flagged offside on the break. The Latics possess a number of pacey players who will pose a real threat to the Hammers as they try to get back into the game.
West Ham get the game back under way.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME West Ham with a mountain to climb after leading early on.
45' + 1'
The Hammers have a chance to hand themselves a lifeline with a free-kick on the edge of the box but Maiga shoots well over from a Noble lay-off.
Yellow Card Gary Caldwell
Wigan almost get another on the break but a fine interception from Tomkins stops Figueroa picking out Tomkins.
Goal Mauro Boselli
GOAL! And there we go again! Boselli beats the hosts' offside trap and takes one touch before lifting over the onrushing Henderson. Some turnaround from the Latics.
Goal Iván Ramis
GOAL! Of course, given I'd just posted about West Ham dominating, Wigan have gone and scored. It's a wonderful finish from centre-back Ivan Ramis, who smashes home from 25 yards out following a run from the halfway line. Brilliant.
Spence crosses for Jarvis but the former Wolves man can't get on the end of it. West Ham dominating now.
Another Vaz Te shot but this time blocked by a Wigan head. The subsequent corner is in-keeping with the theme of awful set-pieces tonight and lands straight in Al-Habsi's hands.
Vaz Te shoots wide before an eager steward slips in trying to pass the ball back into play. This game has EVERYTHING!
Al-Habsi forced into a smart save by Spence's hit from distance now, though the subsequent corner is wasted.
The two teams relentlessly exchanging counterattacks with Wigan denied by Vaz Te's fine tackle when they had numbers going forward.
West Ham raining crosses on the Wigan defence now with Jarvis and Spence both seeing balls into the box cleared. Allardyce's men getting a good footing in the game now.
Hall goes close for the hosts, hitting the side-netting from distance following a jinking run. There's more goals here...
West Ham seek an immediate response but Noble fails to find Spence with a through ball. Very. Very. Open.
Goal Mauro Boselli
GOAL! As if to illustrate my last point, Wigan have gone and scored! Figueroa slides Boselli in brilliantly and this time the striker makes no mistake, slamming home from six yards out.
Something of an end-to-end contest at Upton Park thus far. Tomkins sees his header fall harmlessly into Al-Habsi's arms but the visitors then go close through Boselli at the other end moments later, the Argentine unfortunate to nod over the bar.
What a start for Sam Allardyce's side! The Latics look shaken after that early blow.
Goal Modibo Maiga
GOAL! The hosts are ahead with just seven minutes on the clock thanks to Modibo Maiga. The 25-year-old capitalises on a loose pass from McArthur and smashes beyond Al-Habsi to give his side the lead.
Jones shoots over from 25 yards after a clever short corner from the visitors. The game has started with an entertaining tempo so far.
The hosts start brightly but, fresh from his new contract signing, Noble cannot find a man with a through ball in the Wigan half. Goal kick.
Wigan get the game under way with the home crowd buoyed by the late announcement that Mark Noble has penned a new long-term contract!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just moments away...
The Wigan team bus reportedly arrived at Upton Park just 45 minutes prior to kick-off tonight, will that prove a distraction?
A number of youngsters on show tonight in east London, with the likes of Robert Ward and Dennis Potts hoping to impress for the hosts. Meanwhile, Callum McManaman, "distant relative" of former Liverpool winger Steve, starts of the Latics.
Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Jones, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Ramis, Stam, Piscu, Figueroa, Miyaichi. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Watson, Gomez, Boyce, Fyvie, Orsula.
West Ham: Henderson, Spence, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Noble, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Maiga, Hall. Subs: Spiegel, Collins, Taylor, Tombides. Fanimo, Driver, McCallum.
Welcome to this live commentary of West Ham v Wigan in the League Cup. My name is David Lynch and I'll be taking you through all the action as it happens at Upton Park.
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