WIGAN ATHLETIC V WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2012
REFEREE: JONATHAN MOSS
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Final score - Wigan Athletic 2-1 West Ham United
95 mins - Jaaskelainen makes a catch low down from a cross but it's too late to launch one last attack as the final whistle is blown. West Ham lose their third league game of the season.
94 mins - Jaaskelainen makes a superb save from Kone almost straight after the restart. A late equaliser looks unlikely as Reid is then booked for a foul on halfway. Wigan are taking their time over it, as you might expect.
93 mins - GOAL! Deep into four minutes of added time and Nolan's backheel finds the overlapping McCartney. He crosses and Tomkins rises highest to head the ball into the top left-hand corner.
90 mins - West Ham cannot come closer to getting a goal back than that. Jarvis's cross following an O'Neil corner finds Tomkins at the far post. His side-foot volley hits the lunging Caldwell and bounces off the face of the crossbar. Wigan break and O'Neil is booked for a foul just inside his own half.
88 mins - Frustrating! Maiga runs across the face of the penalty area before losing the ball. Collins wins it back before going into the box and getting his head on cross, but it bounces well wide. I'm not sure why, but McCarthy is booked by Mr Moss.
84 mins - Wigan want a third when a West Ham attack breaks down. Maloney sweeps the ball into the path of McCarthy, who curls a well-hit shot into the midriff of Jaaskelainen. Moments later, Cole gets in behind but his cut-back is easily cleared.
82 mins - Ramis needs the physio on. Time is ebbing away here. It has been such a strange non-event of a game as far as West Ham are concerned. I can't put my finger on why, though. Last week, it was goals early in the second half that killed of Southampton. Today, it was McArthur's strike just after the break that effectively ended this game as a contest.
78 mins - Ben Watson replaces Di Santo.
77 mins - Collins slides in on halfway and the ball squirts down the right for Maiga. Carroll gestures for the cross to be hung up to the far post, but Maiga instead elects to run into the box before his stabbed effort is blocked behind for a corner. Jarvis takes and the ball is worked back out to the winger. He finds O'Neil, whose cross is headed over the crossbar by Cole.
75 mins - Cole crosses deep and Carroll heads down for Nolan. He shapes and volleys the bouncing ball, but it's blocked. Nolan appeals for handball, but I'm not sure even he is convinced that should be a penalty.
73 mins - Diame is replaced by O'Neil. Some of the home fans boo, some clap the former Latics player off.
71 mins - West Ham have a good spell of possession and Collins even joins the attack at one stage, but the Hammers just cannot deliver a quality ball into the box. When the attack breaks down, Wigan break and Reid has to be at his best to concede a corner under pressure from the speedy Kone. The corner is cleared and Jarvis wins a free-kick.
68 mins - This has been such an un-West Ham like performance, especially after last week's second-half show against Southampton. Di Santo's first effort is blocked by Tomkins and his scissor-kick from the follow-up is saved by Jaaskelainen.
65 mins - Nolan gives away a free-kick and the break in play gives Big Sam the chance to replace Noble with Carlton Cole. West Ham go 3-4-3 with Tomkins, Reid and Collins at the back, Jarvis wide right, McCartney wide left and Maiga supporting Cole and Carroll.
62 mins - Carroll has a great chance to at least get a shot away but his touch lets him down seven yards out and the chance is lost as the ball rolls away for a goal kick.
61 mins - Maiga is booked for diving. He had gone past Caldwell and took on Boyce before going to ground. Replays suggest it was probably the right decision by Mr Moss.
59 mins - It just isn't happening so far for the Hammers. Maiga collects on the right and then finds Diame. He looks up and crosses left-footed, but the ball bounces harmlessly wide.
55 mins - Noble is frustrated and after giving away a free-kick, he has a little too much to say for Mr Moss' liking. Yellow card for the midfielder.
54 mins - Carroll finds Maiga down the right. He cuts inside and then lifts the ball over a defender and then shots wide from outside the box.
50 mins - West Ham have great chance to fashion a clear-cut chance as Nolan crosses from the left. The ball is worked to Tomkins by Carroll, but the right-back sees his shot blocked. Diame was in acres of space to his right.
49 mins - All of Big Sam's half-time plans will have been left in tatters by that goal. Anyway, West Ham have a corner courtesy of Al Habsi's loose clearance. The ball drops to Diame, who finds Maiga, but his shot is blocked.
47 mins - GOAL! McArthur is completely unmarked inside the West Ham box when the ball is flicked back to him by Maloney and the midfielder makes no mistake, drilling the ball past Jaaskelainen from about 14 yards. Mountain to climb for the Hammers.
46 mins - Maiga has his first run and then plays in Noble, but he is crowded out on the edge of the Wigan box and the chance is lost.
Modibo Maiga replaces Yossi Benayoun at the break.
Half-time score - Wigan Athletic 1-0 West Ham United
47 mins - The half-time whistle is blown.
46 mins - They nearly do, too. Nolan and Tomkins work a crossing chance on the right. The No5 crosses into the centre and Carroll and Diame both go up for the header. Carroll wins it, but his effort bounces wide of the post.
46 mins - Into two minutes of added-time. It's been a largely forgettable first half for the Hammers, but they still have time to snatch an equaliser.
44 mins - Noble is penalised and Wigan take a quick free-kick to Di Santo and work the ball left to Kone in space. He takes on Tomkins but drags his shot wide.
43 mins - Ramis, who has now scored in both games against West Ham this season, tries his luck again from long-range, but this time his right-foot effort is off-target and bounces away for a goal kick.
40 mins - Jaaskelainen is called into action twice in quick succession. First he collects after McCartney had taken the sting out of Maloney's shot, then he is on hand to push the ball away from Di Santo's low cross-shot.
39 mins - A clearance slips under Nolan's boot and Reid is there. Di Santo catches the Kiwi late and leaves him in a heap. Mr Moss books the Wigan striker.
37 mins - Nolan is fouled. Noble launches another free-kick into the box and it lands at the feet of Collins. The big Welshman has his back to goal and, although he gets a left-foot shot away, Al Habsi is able to fall on the ball diving to his right.
35 mins - Good build-up from Wigan again ends with McArthur's snap-shot flying a few yards wide of Jaaskelainen's left-hand post. The Latics move the ball nicely, I must say.
34 mins - Jarvis collects a pass from McCartney before finding the left-back again, but his cross is too close to Al Habsi.
32 mins - So close to an equaliser. Carroll finds McCartney, who passes wide left for Jarvis. He crosses and Benayoun allows the ball to bounce, but Al Habsi keeps his eye on it and dives left to push the ball around the post for a corner. The set piece leads to a scramble and two shots are blocked before the ball squirms clear to Jarvis. He crosses deep for Tomkins, whose header is caught by the goalkeeper.
30 mins - It's been a frustrating opening third for the Hammers here and it nearly gets worse as Boyce finds Maloney on the edge of the box. He drops a shoulder and shoots, but it's deflected a yard or two wide for a corner. The ball is cleared to the edge of the box, where a backheel finds Beasejour. The Chilean catches his shot well but Carroll is in the right place to head away from the edge of the six-yard box.
28 mins - Noble's free-kick into the box is not properly dealt with and a second clearing header loops up and looks inviting for Tomkins to hit. The No5 is put off by a team-mate, though, and his shot dribbles across the penalty area.
26 mins - Noble's corner is short and headed away at the near post. When McCartney crosses again, Al Habsi claims above his head.
25 mins - Ramis fouls Carroll as he controls Jaaskelainen's clearance. Noble takes the free-kick short to Jarvis, who wins a corner off Boyce.
22 mins - Carroll controls Collins' long pass forward and flicks the ball to Nolan in space. Carroll goes for the return but the skipper shoots, but it's an easy save for Al Habsi. The shot had neither the pace nor direction to beat the Oman international.
21 mins - Jaaskelainen is called into action, making a diving save low to his right to push away James McCarthy's rasping 30-yarder.
19 mins - Noble's free-kick hits the wall. The ball is worked to Matt Jarvis, but his cross is flicked on and then cleared from inside the Wigan penalty area.
18 mins - Carroll lays the ball off for Diame, who is taken out as he tries to round Ramis 25 yards out. Ramis is booked. West Ham have a free-kick.
16 mins - Wigan win another corner. Beasejour crosses and Carroll heads back to the Chilean. His second cross finds the head of Ramis at the far post, but his effort is wayward.
15 mins - Diame wins a corner down the West Ham left but when Benayoun crosses from Noble's short kick, Carroll controls before passing straight to a blue shirt.
14 mins - Figueroa gets forward from left centre-back - Wigan are playing three at the back - and gets to the edge of the West Ham box before Collins slides in. The ball thuds off Figueroa and away for a goal kick.
13 mins - West Ham are on the back foot at then moment. Wigan are dominating possession and trying to force an opening. A cross from Boyce is headed away by Tomkins at the far post before Collins makes an important interception inside the D.
11 mins - Wigan come again and a ball over the top has McCartney on the retreat with Di Santo in pursuit. The left-back clears and is fouled by the Wigan striker as he does so.
8 mins - GOAL! What a goal by Ramis, but where was the marking? The Spaniard gets free and rifles an unstoppable volley past Jaaskelainen from about 12 yards from Beasejour's left-wing corner.
8 mins - Beasejour wins a corner off Collins. Wigan shading things at present.
6 mins - Ramis brings the ball into the centre circle before feeding a pass into the path of Kone. He turns and takes on Reid before winning a corner as his cross deflects off the No2. Maloney delivers and Nolan heads the ball straight back to the Scot. His second cross is headed powerfully out for a throw by Collins.
5 mins - The referee takes a while getting the wall sorted out and it's all a big anti-climax as Carroll hits a low free-kick that hits the wall and Wigan clear their lines.
3 mins - Good stuff by Carroll, who wins the initial header despite appearing to be impeded by Caldwell. The striker then reacts quickest to the loose ball and is fouled by the Wigan skipper. Free-kick for West Ham, about 28 yards out just right of centre. Carroll to blast it...
1 min - Good early pressure from the visitors as Carroll battles for possession inside the Wigan D. The ball breaks to a Wigan player, but Benayoun tracks him and blocks the clearance behind for a goal kick. Good hustling by the No15 and it is appreciated by the West Ham fans.
3pm - West Ham kick-off towards their own fans and immediately put pressure on the home side, but McCartney's cross is behind the attackers and headed clear.
2.55pm - Here come the two teams. The North Stand to my left is nearly full of claret and blue-clad Hammers fans. Can West Ham secure their best-ever Premier League start? Or will Wigan secure their first home league win of the season? By 5pm, we will know!
2.50pm - Mohamed Diame makes his first appearance against his former club this afternoon. The Senegal midfielder spent three seasons with the Latics, making more than 100 appearances in all competitions, before moving south in the summer.
2.40pm - We shall also be providing live updates on twitter this afternoon. To join the conversation, wherever you are, use the hashtage #WHULIVE
2.20pm - You probably don't need to be told this stat, but a win for the Hammers today will give them their best-ever chance to a Barclays Premier League season, eclipsing the start the club made in 1999/00. Victory would take West Ham on to 17 points from nine matches and would put Big Sam's team into the top four for 24 hours at least.
2.05pm - West Ham United and Wigan Athletic are both unchanged from their previous Barclays Premier League fixtures. Leo Chambers keeps his place on the bench, with the returning Joey O'Brien coming into the 18 for Jordan Spence. Wigan name five of the side who started their 4-1 Capital One Cup third-round win at the Boleyn Ground in September.
Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beasejour, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone
Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Benayoun, Jarvis, Carroll
Subs: Spiegel, O'Brien, Chambers, O'Neil, Maiga, Hall, Cole
Good afternoon and welcome to the DW Stadium for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League fixture between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United.
West Ham arrive in Wigan knowing a win could take them into the Barclays Premier League top four. The Hammers start the weekend in seventh, having taken 14 points from eight games. Wigan are 16th with five points from the same number of games played.
The two sides have already met once this season. West Ham's Capital One Cup campaign came to an end at the Boleyn Ground when the Latics earned a 4-1 third-round win on 25 September.That fixture was the first-ever League Cup meeting between the two sides and the 19th meeting overall.
Sam Allardyce's side are chasing their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories since overcoming Liverpool and Stoke City in February/March 2011. Big Sam's team have played just three away games this season, winning 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers last time out on 1 October, losing 3-0 at Swansea City on 25 August and drawing 0-0 at Norwich City on 15 September. West Ham have not won consecutive away Barclays Premier League fixtures since Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough in December 2007.
Wigan have not won at home in four attempts in the Barclays Premier League, losing to Chelsea (0-2) and Fulham (1-2) and drawing with Stoke City and Everton (both 2-2).
West Ham, of course, will be eager to banish the memories of their most-recent visit to the DW Stadium on 15 May 2011. That afternoon, the Hammers took a two-goal lead, only for Wigan to mount a second-half comeback and win 3-2 to condemn the east Londoners to relegation to the npower Championship.
The Hammers will be cheered on by around 4,000 fans this afternoon - the club's biggest away following of the season.
The two starting line-ups and substitutes will be announced at 2pm and published first on the club's official twitter feed.