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West Ham United
October 27, 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 19090
J. McArthur 47'
West Ham United
J. Tomkins 90'+
Roberto Martinez' side put together a very impressive display to shut down West Ham's attacking threat through the aerial ability of Andy Carroll, and control midfield through the impressive trio of James McCarthy, James McArthur, and Shaun Maloney. Maloney was the pick of the bunch, having frequently picked up the ball between the lines to good effect from the outset. While their opening goal through Ivan Ramis came after an excellent finish following poor marking at a corner, it was what the home side deserved after the Latics had much the better of an end-to-end the first half and restricted the Hammers to one flurry of chances through Matt Jarvis and Andy Carroll. Maloney also assisted the second goal, showing good awareness to lay the ball off inside the box to James McArthur who put his side two in front just after the half time break. The pace and power of striking duo Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo had led to several opportunities over the course of the game and the pair grew more influential as the game became stretched when West Ham poured men forward in search of a winner. But Martinez' three man defence remained well organised throughout the match, and although Andy Carroll was dominant in the air as usual, this route brought no success with the Latics were on hand to pick up any knockdowns. The Hammers showed a lack of invention as the match wore on, and despite a late consolation goal through James Tomkins, Sam Allardyce will be disppointed with his side's display after a long journey away from home. Martinez on the other hand will be delighted after his side deservedly ended their six game winless streak.
It's full time at the DW Stadium, and Wigan deservedly collect their first win in seven league matches.
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Winston Reid
90' + 4'
James McArthur advances through the centre of midfield before sliding a through ball to Kone on the right side of the box. The Ivorian's low shot is however saved by Jaaskelainen, in what looks to be the last meaningful act of the game.
90' + 3'
Assist George McCartney
90' + 3'
Goal James Tomkins
Wigan 2-1 West Ham Goal from James Tomkins. Nolan cleverly finds the overlapping McCartney on the left edge of the box with a back heel, before the Northern Ireland international clips a perfect cross onto the head of the centre back for Tomkins to head into the top left corner. But it appears too late to mount a fight back.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Gary O'Neil
West Ham win a corner and after a short corner on the left flank and the cross comes in, Tomkins meets the ball at the far post with a powerful strike that is blocked by a combination of Caldwell and Figueroa. Wigan break through McArthur who is tackled firmly by Reid on the left flank.
Yellow Card James McArthur
Wigan's midfield trio of McArthur McCarthy and Maloney show their technique with a flowing series of passing triangles in midfield, before a loose touch allows Maiga to intercept and advance towards goal, however the Malian hesitates in possession on the edge of the box when faced with the massed Latics defence and gives the ball away.
Maloney tees up McCarthy on the left edge of the box but his effort to curl the ball into the top right corner is saved. West Ham are not threatening despite having put so many men forward in search of a goal.
McCarthy and McArthur combine expertly on the edge of the box to keep the ball following the corner, and Kone looks to take advantage on the edge of the box before the move breaks down.
Kone out-paces Winston Reid on the right flank, and he puts a low ball across the box in search of his two teammates running in and wins a corner for his trouble.
Robert Martinez can be heard urging his new substitute Ben Watson to keep the ball as his side look to control possession with just over ten minute remaining. A few seconds earlier James Collins had cleared a cross at the near post but there were few players available to meet the cross, and it may not be worth committing players forward in an attempt to make such play down the flanks a successful option.
Franco Di Santo
Midfielder Ben Watson comes on fro Di Santo, who has worked tremendously hard this afternoon and limps off the field to be replaced.
The corner from the right flank is cut out by Ramis at the near post but finds its way to Gary O'Neil who aims for Carlton Cole, but he is unable to direct his header on goal.
James Tomkins takes a powerful shot from outside the box which is blocked. James Collins is first to the loose ball and he finds Maiga on the right flank who wins a corner.
Carlton Cole receives the ball on the right flank and aims a looping cross towards Andy Carroll, who heads back to set up Kevin Nolan whose shot was blocked by McCarthy.
Allardyce brings on the more attack minded Gary O'Neil for ex-Latic Diame.
Wigan break menacingly down the left flank, and Winston Reid displays impressive pace and power to stop Arouna Kone reaching a through ball down the left channel.
Sam Allardyce has now brought Carlton Cole up front in place of midfielder Mark Noble to make his 300th appearance, and he now has all three of his big men front. James Tomkins, James Collins and Winston Reid now make a back three as he pushes McCartney forward into a wing back role. Can he turn it around? The Hammers are keeping the ball further up the pitch successfully but they are exposing themselves at the back now.
Neither team has managed to keep the ball in a scrappy few minutes, but West Ham appear to be more spirited as they look to press quickly with time running out to win the ball back and launch attacks in search of a fightback.
Carroll's touch horribly lets him down after he gets beyond his marker in the box to reach a looping ball from the left flank that appears to be dropping neatly on to his right foot, but he fails to connect with the ball.
Yellow Card Modibo Maiga
The Hammers are surely becoming low on morale as the game reaches the hour mark, as Modibo Maiga receives a yellow card for diving on the edge of the box as he attempts to break beyond Emmerson Boyce.
Chants in praise of Arouna Kone can be heard ringing around the ground after a flowing move down the left flank displays the poise of this Latics side. You would certainly not think Roberto Martinez' side had failed to win in six matches.
Wigan are looking comfortable in defence as the game appears to be losing some of the momentum that made the first-half so end to end. The Latics defence leaves a Diame cross to roll out for a goal kick in a decisive show of organisation.
Maloney, McCarthy and McArthur combine impressively on the left of midfield to work the ball forward, before Di Santo blasts wide from outside the edge of the box.
Yellow Card Mark Noble
West Ham look to stabilise the game by retaining possession before looking for Andy Carroll, but Gary Caldwell heads clear. The Latics are dealing well with the abundance of players looking to connect with Carroll's knockdowns, and can look to break into the space behind.
Diame launches the ball into the box after good work on the right flank, and after Nolan flicks the ball towards the back post Emmerson Boyce is on hand to shepherd the ball away from danger.
Di Santo showed impressive drive to reach a ball down the left flankand he almost finds Kone on the left edge of the box with a backheel, but Mark Noble is on hand to intercept the pass.
Assist Shaun Maloney
Goal James McArthur
James McArthur is unmarked to smash in a second goal! Franco Di Santo picked to the by-line on the left flank and found Jean Beausejour just inside him on the left edge of the box. The Chilean in turn knocked the ball on to Maloney, who tapped the ball back towards the Scottish international to powerfully strike the ball into the back of the net with his right foot.
Goal from James McArthur!
West Ham bring on striker Modibo Maiga in place of Yossi Benayoun, who had a quiet first half. Though not such a towering figure as Andy Carroll, the Malian's pace, power, and skill will be more in keeping with his side's aerial game.
It's Half Time at the DW Stadium. It's Half Time at the DW Stadium, after an end-to end first half that has seen Wigan take a deserved lead into the dressing room at the break. Ivan Ramis' sumptous volley after just 8 minutes separated the two sides after the corner swung wide towards the edge of the box before the unmarked Spaniard lashed in. But Wigan have frequently been able to slice through the Hammers midfield before finding shooting opportunities around the edge of the box, with Shaun Maloney often at the heart of proceedings. Sam Allardyce's side have struggled to cope with the pace and power of Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo with, and as well as Kone and Maloney, James McCarthy has also forced vital saves from Jussi Jaaskelainen. Apart from a brief spell in which the Hammers had Roberto Martinez' side penned in from a string of corners, West Ham have been second best and Sam Allardyce will want to make sure his side tighten up after the break. Martinez would likely prefer a less open game given his team have the lead, but he will be content with his side's confident display, though concentration will be required throughout the second half as Andy Carroll has, as usual, posed a significant threat in the air.
45' + 1'
Andy Carroll rises to meet a corner at the back post but heads wide.
Wigan craft another chance with a quick string of passes on the ground. Kone takes a shot from the left edge of the box but his effort is wide.
Kone is almost put through after a perfect through ball over the top of the Hammers defence from Figueroa, but the pacey forward's first touch is loose and Collins and Reid are able to team up and force him off the ball.
Wigan attack quickly through forward pair Di Santo and Kone twice in quick succession. First Kone finds Di Santo on the left edge of the box and his shot is saved, before the ball comes straight back at the Hammers with Di Santo advancing down the left flank and attempting to find Kone at the far post before the cross is blocked.
Yellow Card Franco Di Santo
Di Santo is yellow carded after bringing down Winston Reid following a tussle for the ball next to the centre circle. The forward appears slightly unlucky to receive a booking as there did not appear much intent.
James Collins attempts to turn and shoot after controlling a free kick from the left flank, but he is unable to get any power on his shot before which is saved by Al-Habsi.
Al-Habsi advances off his line to confidently catch a cross from the left flank and finds Kone on the right flank. Kone instigates an impressive string of passes across to the left flank, before James McArthur takes the opportunity to shoot from the edge of the box but his effort flies wide of the left post.
West Ham have their best string of chances after a counter-attack sees Matt Jarvis pick up the ball on the right flank before aiming an in-swinging ball into Yossi Benayound that almost curls into the bottom right corner when Israeli just fails to connect. Al-Habsi pushes the ball out for a corner which almost falls to Kevin Nolan, before the Latics eventually regain control when Carroll's header is caught by Al-Habsi.
Boyce is found again on the right flank after a perfect long ball from Maynor Figueroa. Boyce finds Maloney who had drifted towards the near post and the midfielder controls before flashing a powerful effort which is deflected for a corner. The delivery is deflected out towards Gary Caldwell on the edge of the box and he backheels beautifully before Beausejour hits a powerful strike from the left edge of the box which is blocked.
McCartney heads out for a throw-in on the right flank after intercepting a ball to Boyce.
Carroll attacks the delivery and Wigan fail to properly clear, inviting another dangerous delivery with plenty of bodies in the box, before clearing and attempting a counter-attack before instead opting to retain possession.
Kone runs into a blind alley on the right flank and gives the ball away before conceding a throw in, from which Maloney concedes a freekick.
Ramis fouls Carroll in a cynical barge after giving up on winning the ball in the air, and West Ham turn the free kick just beyond the centre circle into a corner, but the delivery from the left is cleared at the near post.
Beausejour reaches the left by-line after receiving the through ball after making an overlapping run, and he puts a precise, looping cross in towards Di Santo, but Jaaskelainen catches the ball after jumping full stretch to reach it above his head.
Carroll takes the ball out of the air on his chest and passes forward to Kevin Nolan on the left edge of the box. The midfielder looks to curl an effort round the keeper aiming for the top right corner, but Ali Al-Habsi saves.
Maloney drags centre midfielders Noble and Diame towards him creating space for James McCarthy on his right. He finds the Irish international who strikes a powerful effort low towards the bottom left of the goal, forcing Jaaskelainen into a diving save.
Yellow Card Iván Ramis
Mohamed Diame collects a Carroll knock down before looking to break beyond the defence, where he is brought down on the edge of the box by Ivan Ramis. Mark Noble takes the freekick but it hits the wall and after a brief scramble is cleared.
West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has found Andy Carroll with long balls twice in succession, and although his flick-ons are not collected this time, the towering forward is already looking a threat.
West Ham take a corner from the left flank short to Yossi Benayoun, and he passes back to a teammate on the edge of the box but the move breaks down and Wigan look to counter before winning a corner, which this time is defended successfully.
Shaun Maloney is having an excellent game so far, frequently dropping off the front pair of Di Santo and Kone to receive the ball, and in the last few minutes he found Emmerson Boyce down the right flank with an excellent through ball before striking fear into the heart of the defence as he looked for options on the edge of the box.
Assist Jean Beausejour
Goal Iván Ramis
Goal Wigan! Ivan Ramis! The Latics win a corner on the left flank taken by Jean Beausejour and the Spanish centre back is unmarked and drifts away from the goal before smashing the ball on the volley into the centre of the goal with his left foot. From a Sam Allardyce side you don't expect such poor organisation from a set piece, but it the volley showed excellent technique and ensures an exciting start to the game.
Gary Caldwell advances from defence and finds Shaun Maloney between the lines outside the edge of the box. The Scottish international instantly controls and releases Arouna Kone down the right channel and the Ivorian promptly looks for Di Santo running towards the back post, but the ball is blocked for a corner. Maloney delivers but the ball is cleared, and as Wigan look to launch another attack from the left flank the Latics win another corner.
Carroll took the freekick, which the referee had delayed to ensure the wall was the correct distance, but it was a huge disappointment as the low effort slammed into the wall.
Andy Carroll wins a freekick outside the left edge of the box after dodging round his marker. There is a lengthy delay.
West Ham look to pass across midfield but give the ball away on the half way line and Franco Di Santo is almost released down the left channel, but is offside.
The game gets underway at the DW Stadium and West Ham's George McCartney advances up the pitch from left back to launch a dangerous cross into the box with just seconds on the clock.
Striking duo Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone are responsible for 6 of the Latics' 8 goals so far this season.
Midfielder Mohamed Diame faces his former club having left the Latics in the summer after three years at the club before signing for the Hammers. His teammate Kevin Nolan is his the top scorer with four goals, but he has yet to net away from home this season.
West Ham's James Tomkins retains his place at right back in place of the injured Guy Demel, while Yossi Benayoun and Matt Jarvis take up places on the two flanks either side of Andy Carroll, with Ricardo Vaz Te and Matt Taylor both yet to recover from injury.
Wigan name an unchanged 3-4-3 line up from week's defeat away at Swansea, with centre back Antolin Alcaraz yet to recover from a groin injury.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney; Jarvis, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Benayoun; Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Maiga, O'Brien, O'Neil, Chambers, Hall.
Wigan: Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.
The game gets underway at the DW Stadium and left back George McCartney advances from left back to whip in a dangerous cross just a few seconds after the whistle blows.
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's Live coverage as Wigan take on West Ham at the DW Stadium. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events. Make your voice heard on Twitter @goaluk.
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