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2012-09-25T15:30:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:52:42

West Ham United 1-4 Wigan FT

KICK-OFF: 7.45pm



Final score - West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic

95 mins - Stam's through ball is too strong. Goal kick and the final whistle is blown. Aside from Maiga's goal and the chance to blood a few youngsters, that was a fairly disappointing 90 minutes. West Ham will, I expect, be much-changed and improved when they head to Loftus Road on Monday evening. Until then, thanks for joining us and goodnight.

93 mins - Well, West Ham will be able to concentrate on the league, which continues with a trip to Queens Park Rangers on Monday evening. Fanimo cannot control and McArthur nips in. His volley dips well over the top. The Wigan fans are making a bit of noise. Fair play to them making the trip on a Tuesday night. It's certainly been worthwhile for them.

91 mins - We're into four added minutes. Plenty of time to mount a comeback...

90 mins - Tonight's attendance is 25,944. West Ham's man of the match is Jordan Spence. Wigan bring on Filip Orsula for Boselli. Apparently Orsula is a Slovadia Under-21 international.

87 mins - Potts puts the ball behind for another Wigan corner from Miyaichi's cross. I'm afraid the hopes of a first League Cup triumph are gone for another year.

84 mins - GOAL! Gomez beats Henderson with a confident spot-kick. That will be that. McArthur is replaced by young Scot Fraser Fyvie.

84 mins - O'Neil is going to have to be replaced. He hobbles off slowly and is going to be replaced by Dylan Tombides. The young Australian has recently returned after a spell on the sidelines and makes his first-team debut.

81 mins - Wigan have a penalty. Fanimo is crowded out and the visitors break. The ball is slid into run of McArthur and Henderson commits and goes for the ball. I can't see from this range, but the assistant referee flags as the two come together. We're going to have to wait for the penalty, though, as O'Neil is getting treatment inside the Wigan half.

79 mins - Taylor's cross comes over and Jarvis wins the header. O'Neil finds Spence, who passes to Hall inside the box. He jinks on to his left foot and his shot nicks off a defender and clips the crossbar. The corner is driven and headed clear.

78 mins - Wigan have a shot through Boselli, but Henderson is equal to it. The Irishman makes a routine save low to his right.

76 mins - The on-loan Arsenal man Miyaichi runs past Spence and cuts the ball back from the byline. He then gets on the end of Boselli's header, but is flagged rightly for being offside.

74 mins - Wigan make their first change, replacing McManaman with Jordi Gomez. West Ham have gone 4-4-2 with Jarvis wide right and Taylor in the centre with O'Neil and Fanimo wide left.

73 mins - West Ham are having a go. Fanimo finds McCartney, who trundles forward. The cross comes in from the left and Caldwell heads behind for a corner. Taylor takes and Al-Habsi punches clear. The ball is worked wide left to Fanimo, who overhits his cross.

72 mins - Noble is the man replaced by Taylor. O'Neil takes over as skipper.

71 mins - Taylor is going to be on soon.

70 mins - West Ham are threatening without quite working Al-Habsi. Watson fouls Noble. Noble himself takes and Maiga nods across the face of goal, but Wigan clear their lines.

67 mins - Maiga dances through about four challenges before being fouled. West Ham have a free-kick in an identical position to the last one. Noble and Hall stand over it again. Hall would love to bend this one into the top corner, but he won't have a chance to. Noble's delivery is quality and Tomkins wins it. The ball somehow eludes Maiga and goes behind for a corner off a defender. Hall curls it in but Wigan clear.

65 mins - Hall is felled by Figueroa about 30 yards out. Noble takes control of the situation. He passes short to Hall, who curls the cross over for Tomkins, whose header bounces into the arms of Al-Habsi. Wigan break from the goalkeeper's clearance and win a corner. After a bit of a scramble, Henderson collects safely.

64 mins - O'Neil concedes a free-kick. Wigan make a mess of it on the edge of the box and Watson's shot is scuffed and turns into a cross. West Ham clear. Just.

62 mins - Vaz Te is replaced by Matthias Fanimo. The England Under-19 player also appeared as a substitute against Crewe in round two.

61 mins - O'Neil loses out in midfield and Wigan break. Miyaichi gets to the byline but his cutback eludes his team-mates. West Ham now have a chance to counter themselves, but O'Neil's attempted pass for Jarvis is behind the winger and bounces away for a throw.

60 mins - Spence sends over a cross from fairly deep. Maiga has a run on it and attacks the ball, but he cannot control the header under pressure from two defenders. It goes over. Goal kick.

55 mins - The home side build patiently but Wigan are well organised and keep the Hammers outside their box. In the end, the crowd urge a shot and Vaz Te obliges, but drags his effort well wide of the left-hand post.

52 mins - West Ham mount an attack down the right as Spence and Vaz Te combine again, but it wins only a throw. Jarvis crosses again and it's headed clear only as far as Maiga. He battles but his control lets him down. Goal kick.

50 mins - The atmosphere is a bit subdued inside the stadium at present. Tomkins concedes a free-kick with a sliding challenge on halfway and Wigan are in no rush.

48 mins - I'm sure Big Sam wants to give some of his younger players an opportunity tonight, but the result is more important for now. While the Hammers are in the game, I expect the experienced boys to stay on.

46 mins - Vaz Te's dummy doesn't work and Wigan break. McManaman tries to run Tomkins but McCartney covers and slides in to concede the throw. Wigan work the ball down the flank before the same player is flagged offside.

8.50pm - Noble and Hall kick-off...

8.49pm - Here they come, followed by the officials. I don't do predictions, usually, but I'm going to suggest we'll have more goals in the next 45 or so minutes.

8.48pm - The Hammers are out first after the break. McCartney and Potts look like they will be switching positions. No changes in personnel, though. No sign of Wigan either.

Half-time score - West Ham United 1-3 Wigan Athletic

47 mins - It's Wigan who have the final attack of the half as Miyaichi tries to break the offside trap. He is goalside of McCartney but Henderson is out smartly to dive and smother low down. Seconds later, the half-time whistle is blown.

47 mins - Into the final few seconds and West Ham are attacking again, but they might run out of time here... O'Neil launches the cross in and Ramis heads powerfully clear.

46 mins - We're going to have at least two added minutes, starting with this set piece. Noble rolls it to Maiga, who slips and sends his shot high into the stand. An unforgettable end to a half that started so well.

44 mins - It's a cliche, but a goal before half-time would put this game right back in the melting pot. As things stand, the mountain is quite a steep one for the Hammers to climb. Hall is brought down a yard outside the box by Caldwell, who is booked. Free-kick...

42 mins - Wigan are looking to put this to bed before half-time now. A long diagonal ball picks out Figueroa, but his first-time cross for Boselli is cut out on the volley by Tomkins.

41 mins - GOAL! West Ham have it all to do as McCartney plays Boselli onside. The No19 controls, turns and lifts a very neat finish over Henderson.

38 mins - GOAL! Wigan take the lead through an individual effort from Spanish defender Ivan Ramis. The centre-back is allowed to run from halfway to around 25 yards out, where he lets fly with a left-footed shot that flashes past Henderson's dive into the corner.

35 mins - Spence and Vaz Te combine again down the right, but the cross is too high for Jarvis. In fairness, that is not difficult as the No7 is not the tallest. West Ham win the ball back and the cross comes in from the left. Maiga has to crane his neck and the header loops over.

34 mins - It's great to see a West Ham team with five home-grown players in the starting XI. There are four more on the bench, of course.

32 mins - This is a really entertaining game. Vaz Te collects a pass from O'Neil and his rasping shot clips a Wigan head and goes out for a corner. Noble... Curls it over and Al-Habsi claims unchallenged.

30 mins - Much amusement as Vaz Te shoots wide after being penalised for a foul. A steward tries to pass the ball back from the pitch surround and slips over on the grass! The fans respond with a chorus of 'Sign him up!'.

28 mins - Spence fancies emulating Maiga and repeating his trick against Crewe. He gets foward well and shoots from the corner of the box. Al-Habsi gets down well to his left to push the ball around the post. Decent save. The corner is too high and loops over Tomkins and out for a goal kick.

26 mins - Wigan are easy on the eye and they knock the ball around patiently before Stam crosses from the right. Henderson makes the catch and sets West Ham away on the counter. The Ham win a corner. It's taken short and Noble is crowded out. Wigan threaten to break and have numbers until Vaz Te sprints back to get a vital foot in on halfway. Good work-rate.

25 mins - Maiga has another discussion with his boots. I wonder what's wrong with them?

24 mins - West Ham are on top now. They have recovered from the shock of conceding an equaliser and are really pressuring the Wigan back four. Jarvis gets to the byline and crosses, but it is headed clear.

22 mins - Spence is getting forward well down the right. He plays a one-two and overlaps before his cross is blocked for a throw.

21 mins - Hall is loving it tonight. He picks the ball up in space from Vaz Te's flick and runs at Piscu. The Spaniard backs off and Hall shoots hard from 25 yards. The ball clips the side-netting on its way wide. Close.

20 mins - Stam digs out a cross with his left foot and again it's allowed to bounce inside the Hammers box. Figueroa is there at the far post but his first-time shot from 16 yards flies across the face of goal and well wide.

19 mins - Maiga seems to be having some issues with his boots. He has already readjusted them twice. Talking of footwear, Vaz Te is wearing different coloured boots on each foot.

17 mins - Hall beats one man and threatens to jink his way into the box before the challenge comes in from McArthur. This game will not finish 1-1 in a million years.

16 mins - West Ham play some neat football outside the Wigan box as they seek an immediate response but Noble's pass is just too short for Spence. Wigan clear for a throw. When the cross comes in, the goalkeeper claims unchallenged.

14 mins - GOAL! West Ham weren't ahead for long. The cross comes in from near the left corner flag from McManaman and Boselli gets in between Tomkins and Potts to poke the ball past Henderson.

14 mins - Wigan have a free-kick about a yard outside the West Ham box by the goal line. McCartney was flagged for the foul on Miyaichi, who showed a clean pair of heels to the left-back. Watson to take left-footed. The midfielder smashes in a cross-shot that Henderson punches clear of the box.

11 mins - Noble swings the free-kick over to the far post. Tomkins rises and sends a looping header towards goal. Al-Habsi catches. Wigan break forward and a cross comes over from the left. Boselli challenges but his header loops harmlessly into the Bobby Moore Stand.

10 mins - Tomkins has been involved a few times now and you can tell the home fans really want him to do well. He is a hero in these parts and will be desperate to win his place back in the Barclays Premier League. Right now, Hall is fouled inside the Wigan half.

7 mins - GOAL! Awful pass from McArthur straight to Maiga. Al-Habsi is out of position and Maiga is able to slam a shot in from 20 yards. That nearly ripped the net off! He looked up and literally took aim and fired. That was a fine finish from the Mali international, who now has two goals in two starts - both in the Capital One Cup.

6 mins - West Ham's turn to attack again. Noble lofts a pass over for O'Neil, who has made a forward run, but it's too strong. Goal kick.

5 mins - The diminutive McManaman comes forward again and Tomkins slides in. Corner to Wigan over in front of the East Stand. It is taken short and worked all the way to Jones 25 yards out. He shoots high and wide. It's going to be a very open game, I think.

3 mins - A woeful crossfield pass goes out for a West Ham throw near the Wigan corner flag. From it, Hall wins a corner. Noble aims for Tomkins and the ball flicks off a Wigan head. West Ham retrieve it and the cross comes in from the right. Potts rises highest but his header lands on top of the net. Unlucky.

2 mins - Spence has his first test up against McManaman. The right-back gets a toe in before winning a goal kick. Decent defending from the right-back. West Ham force a throw inside the Wigan half from Henderson's punt, but Noble can only pass the ball out for a goal kick.

1 mins - Potts is playing centre-back. I didn't expect to see that. McCartney is at left-back.

7.47pm - Wigan kick-off and immediately lose possession. Vaz Te comes forward down the left but the ball goes out for a Wigan throw.

7.45pm - Mark Noble got a massive cheer as the news was read out that he has signed a new contract. We're nearly ready to go, but Wigan are going to have a huddle first.

7.44pm - Some big news from here at the Boleyn, where it has been announced that Mark Noble has signed a new long-term contract with the Hammers! For the full story, click here.

7.42pm - Here come the two teams to the strains of 'Bubbles'. Mark Noble leads out the Hammers, while Gary Caldwell captains the Latics. Our referee is Craig Pawson, who has battled his way through the wind and rain from South Yorkshire to be here this evening.

7.35pm - The two squads have made their way back to their respective dressing rooms. There is a decent crowd building inside the Boleyn Ground for tonight's match. Remember, we could go all the way to extra-time and penalties if we don't have a winner! So, settle down because we could be in for a long night!

7.30pm - The two squads are going through their final preparations on the pitch. Despite Wigan's late arrival, the kick-off has not been delayed and we'll be underway at 7.45pm as advertised. I can remember the last time we faced Wigan well, for all the wrong reasons. That was a rollercoaster of an afternoon up at the DW Stadium. When Demba Ba put the Hammers 2-0 up, survival seemed a very real possibility, but those hopes were dashed by the Latics' second-half comeback that ended with West Ham being relegated. It was only 16 months ago, but just two of the starting XI from that day begin the game tonight - Jordan Spence and James Tomkins. Seven of the starting XI are no longer at the club, while Carlton Cole is the only one of the seven substitutes that day to still be wearing claret and blue. Amazing how times change, eh?

7pm - Tonight's Official Programme is now available in digital format to read on your iPad, iPhone, Android or PC. For more details of how to download this for just £1.99, click here. Maybe Wigan's players were doing this at their team hotel because they have only arrived at the Boleyn Ground in the last five minutes. It appears their coach driver didn't take the London rush hour traffic into consideration when he turned on his sat nav!

6.55pm - The team news is in... Big Sam has made nine changes to the side that drew with Sunderland on Saturday, with only captain for the night Mark Noble and Ricardo Vaz Te keeping their places. Rob Hall earns his full debut after making a fantastic start to the season with the Development Squad. On the bench, forwards Dylan Tombides and Paul McCallum are included for the first time this season. Tombides recently made a return to competitive action after 15 months out, appearing for Ian Hendon's side in a 4-1 win over Arsenal on Friday evening.

West Ham United: Henderson, Spence, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Noble, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Maiga, Hall
Subs: Spiegel, Collins, Taylor, Tombides. Fanimo, Driver, McCallum

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Jones, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Ramis, Stam, Piscu, Figueroa, Miyaichi
Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Watson, Gomez, Boyce, Fyvie, Orsula

Good evening and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for tonight's Capital One Cup third-round tie between West Ham United and Wigan Athletic - the first-ever meeting between the two clubs in this competition.

There is still time to get down to the stadium for this evening's game, with turnstiles open in all four stands. Tickets are priced at just £15 for Adults and £8 for Kids!

The Hammers hold the all-time edge over the Latics, having won ten of the 18 previous games to Wigan's six victories. In knockout competitions, West Ham have won on both occasions, in the FA Cup third round in January 1984 and January 2004.

The most-recent fixture between the two was a less-pleasant affair for West Ham supporters, who suffered the heartache of seeing their team relegated following a 3-2 defeat at the DW Stadium in May 2011.

Team news-wise, manager Sam Allardyce is expected to make changes to the starting XI from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland. Three players who will definitely miss out are the injured Andy Carroll and Jack Collison and Yossi Benayoun, who has been given permission to miss the game as it falls on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Fresh from their 4-1 Barclays U21 Premier League win over Arsenal on Friday, Development Squad players Rob Hall, Dan Potts, George Moncur, Matthias Fanimo, Sebastian Lletget, Dylan Tombides, Paul McCallum, Callum Driver and Leo Chambers have all been included in a 21-man squad.

Wigan have no injury problems ahead of the tie, but manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make changes to the team that lost 2-1 at home to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The teams will be confirmed first on the club's official twitter feed here at approximately 6.45pm.


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