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 Post subject: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:54 pm 
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Wigan v West Ham

Wigan have had a bit of an up and down start so far, which is only to be expected with a manager who's new to the division and has changed the squad a bit.

They might have benefitted from the international break after that last-minute loss to Everton and I think West Ham will have a bit more difficult season than last time.

Verdict: 2-1


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 Post subject: Re: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
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Mystic Jarv wrote:
Wigan Athletic V West Ham United

I keep predicting Wigan will be ok this season but sit 4th Bottom with 3 points from a possible 12, west ham have played a game less and have 4 points. This is an important game for both teams.

It should be an open passing game but neither have won since the opening day,

Mystic Jarv predicts an entertaining 1-1 Draw


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 Post subject: Re: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
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I'm going 1-0 West Ham me Lawro and Jarv all gone in different directions :fonz:

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 Post subject: Re: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
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well one of us will be right hehe (me hopefully) :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has almost a fully-fit squad for the visit of West Ham to the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Forward Olivier Kapo has returned to training this week after a knee ligament injury sustained in pre-season but will take some time to get match-fit.

Midfielder Jason Koumas has recovered from a muscle problem which kept him out of the Latics' defeat at Everton nearly a fortnight ago.

Martinez will assess the fitness of his international players, particularly those who travelled long distances like Hondurans Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa.

West Ham have concerns over midfielder Kieron Dyer's hamstring.

Valon Behrami is back in contention after recovering from a knee problem, while recent signings centre-back Manuel Da Costa and forward Alessandro Diamanti are also included in the squad.

Longer-term absentees Dean Ashton (ankle), Luis Boa Morte (knee) and Herita Ilunga (fractured cheekbone) are still unavailable.

Teams:

Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Thomas, Diame, Koumas, Gomez, Rodallega, Edman, Boyce, Watson, Cho, Sinclair, Scotland, King, McCarthy, Pollitt.

West Ham (from): Green, Upson, Spector, Collins, Parker, Noble, Jimenez, Faubert, Collison, Stanislas, Cole, Kurucz, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Hines, Nouble, Dyer, Da Costa, Diamanti, Behrami.

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 Post subject: Re: 12/09 - Wigan Athletic V West ham United - 15:00
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Striker Hugo Rodallega's second goal of the season was enough to see Wigan beat West Ham at the DW Stadium and ease some of the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.

The Colombia striker pounced in the 55th minute to stab home Jason Koumas' blocked shot and end a run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats.

Prior to that the main point of interest had been the form of England goalkeeper Robert Green, who produced decent saves to deny Rodallega and Jordi Gomez in the first half.

Green's performance was in stark contrast to that of England team-mate Carlton Cole, who showed little international class and was less of a threat than 20-year-old strike partner Zavon Hines on his first start of the season.

That would partly explain why the Hammers have scored only three goals in four matches and drawn a blank in their last two.

However, Rodallega's goal was also Wigan's first at home in three games and only their fourth all season, which gives an indication of where Martinez's side have to improve.

The game did not really spring into life until after the interval, when five minutes into the second half Gomez released Rodallega through the middle on a counter-attack only for James Tomkins to get across and make a perfectly-timed tackle.

The Colombia striker, however, eventually made his mark five minutes later.

Charles N'Zogbia played in Mario Melchiot on the right of the area and his dangerous ball across the six-yard area should have been put away by Koumas at the far post only for Green to make a reaction block.

Rodallega was alert enough though to poke home the rebound.

Mercifully the goal sparked some life into the game and Wigan had to withstand a flurry of West Ham attacks.

Titus Bramble's tackle denied Junior Stanislas as he burst into the area, Tomkins headed the resulting corner narrowly wide of the far post and Chris Kirkland tipped over a Scott Parker drive.

Rodallega departed to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Jason Scotland in the 73rd minute but Wigan could not afford to relax and substitute Alessandro Diamanti's cross-shot from wide on the right cannoned back off the crossbar with Kirkland beaten.

But the Latics survived a nervous five minutes of added time to record a welcome second victory of the season.

The game had begun brightly for West Ham as, in the sixth minute, Maynor Figueroa cut across the back of Hines only for referee Alan Wiley to wave away penalty claims, with first contact also being made outside the area.

Neat interplay between Koumas and Rodallega set up Gomez on the edge of the box but Green comfortably palmed the ball away diving to his left.

The England goalkeeper then confidently watched midfielder Mohamed Diame's 35-yard shot fly narrowly wide of his right-hand post as Wigan began to get into their stride.

West Ham's best chance in the opening 25 minutes fell to Cole but he could only get the slightest of touches on Mark Noble's bouncing pass and the ball harmlessly looped into Kirkland's arms.

Kirkland was called into action to tip Noble's shot, deflected through a crowd of players, around a post before the West Ham midfielder was booked for tripping Hendry Thomas.

Hines cut in from the left to fire a right-footed shot at Kirkland, who was almost caught out moments later when he took too long to deal with a Bramble back-pass and the young striker charged down his clearance only for it to rebound for a goal-kick

Rodallega's looping deflected shot off defender Matthew Upson forced Green into a fingertip save over his crossbar, with the goalkeeper also turning Gomez's dipping strike behind for a corner as Wigan pushed for the breakthrough before the interval.

Teams:

Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Koumas (Scharner 65), Gomez (Sinclair 90), Diame, N'Zogbia, Rodallega (Scotland 72).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Edman, Cho, King.

Booked: Figueroa, Bramble.

Goals: Rodallega 55.

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Upson, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Kovac (Behrami 63), Noble (Nouble 86), Parker, Stanislas (Diamanti 63), Cole, Hines.

Subs Not Used: Kurucz, Spector, Da Costa, Payne.

Booked: Noble.

Att: 17,142

Ref: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire).

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