WEST HAM UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2013
REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK
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Full time West Ham United 2-0 Wigan Athletic
4.52pm Neil Swarbrick puts his whistle to his lips and that's it. Three more points for the Hammers! The scoreline may look comfortable, but the hosts had to work hard for the points. Wigan were bright and inventive, but lacked that crucial cutting edge. West Ham were more clinical, and after Matt Jarvis' fortuitous opener, Kevin Nolan made it safe late on. The win takes West Ham back up to tenth, level on points with Swansea in ninth.
90+2 mins Matt Jarvis gets the chance to utilise the afterburners and sprint down the left hand side. He gets to the byline and hangs up a left footed cross, but Caldwell is able to get up above Carroll to clear. Good defending.
90 mins Fourth official Lee Mason indicates that at least four additional minutes will be played at the end of the second half. At least Nolan's goal means we can enjoy these minutes in more comfort.
87 mins That goal was Kevin Nolan's 100th of his career. He's now notched 20 for the Hammers, 30 for Newcastle and 50 for first club Bolton Wanderers.
86 mins Andy Carroll with a chance to wrap it up and with the form he's in you'd have backed him to take that. But his touch eludes him at the crucial moment and keeper Joel closes down the angles sufficiently to force him to shoot wide. Meanwhile, Franco Di Santo is on for Jordi Gomez for the visitors.
84 mins The Wigan may have had more possession and territory today, but the Hammers have been far more clinical. James Collins' name is read out as the sponsors' Man of the Match and it's hard to argue with a defensive player taking the honours.
80 mins GOAL! Kevin Nolan with surely a decisive blow to Wigan. The Hammers deliver a free kick long into the box, Andy Carroll controls to hooks the ball over his shoulder to Kevin Nolan. He takes the volley on first time and Joel has no chance of reaching that. A fine finish from the skipper, who takes sole ownership of the Hammers' top scorer positon again. He has seven now, with Carroll just behind on six.
76 mins The visitors make a move down the left and Gomez's cross is knocked behind with a flying header from James Collins. Beausejour swings over the corner and it comes to Gary Caldwell over on the other side of the box. He tries to help it back into the middle, but only succeeds in lofting it over the Hammers bar. Meanwhile, the referee is attracting the fans' ire by lecturing Jaaskelainen for taking too long over the restart. A lecture is all it is though. No booking.
74 mins: The Hammers make their final change and Mo Diame is the man whose number is held up. He makes his way over to the bench, where Jack Collison is waiting to replace him. Meanwhile Joe Cole has gone into the referee's book.
72 mins Wigan go back on the attack and what a save that is from Jaaskelainen. Shaun Maloney is again at the hub of the Wigan attack and he threads the ball through to James McArthur, whose shot from 10 yards needs a sprawling stop from the Finn. He manages to push it away to the right hand side and away from Kone, who was lurking and looking for a tap-in.
71 mins West Ham look for some respite as they win a corner down the left. Mark Noble looks for James Collins' run towards the near post with his delivery, but it's just over his head and Joel collects.
70 mins 20 minutes to go and this game is far from safe. Wigan have come out impressively for the second half, yet still haven't been able to see the whites of Jaaskelainen's eyes too often, with most of their interplay taking place in front of the Hammers.
69 mins Mark Noble looks to give West Ham that break they need, with a pass out to Joe Cole. He goes down on the halfway line and the Hammers fans demand a free kick, but referee Swarbrick plays on, and the move ends with Jordi Gomez's shot being blocked by James Collins inside the area.
67 mins James McArthur is the next man to spy a chance for the visitors as he takes aim from 25 yards. He goes for a curler with the instep, but directs it straight at Jaaskelainen. The home fans are getting a bit edgy here and could do with a spell of West Ham possession.
66 mins West Ham struggling to get out at the moment and after James Collins steps in to stop Shaun Maloney's dart into the box, he gives the ball away, inviting more Wigan pressure. They're back in command again and probing for a leveller.
64 mins Maynor Figueroa is getting forward from his position on the left hand side of defence whenever possible, and he receives the ball in space again in Hammers territory, but fails to find the range with his cross and Jaaskelainen is able to watch it drift behind.
62 mins Shaun Maloney finds space between the lines and feeds the ball square for Jordi Gomez. He sees Figueroa bombing on again from the back and passes for him in space. Rather than shoot, he opts, more sensibly, to cross this time and Emmerson Boyce steals in round the back to head, but Jaaskelainen is able to gather at the second attempt and prevent a corner.
61 mins Time for another change for the Hammers, as Big Sam looks to freshen it up. Ricardo Vaz Te's afternoon shift is over and his replacement, Joe Cole, gets a huge cheer from the crowd as he returns from a hamstring injury.
60 mins As we take a look around the grounds, the news really couldn't be any worse for Wigan. As well as trailing 1-0 to the Hammers, relegation rivals Norwich, Stoke and Sunderland are all in front too.
59 mins Free kick Wigan and Maloney delivers. The ball goes towards the far post, but Joey O'Brien is there to flick the ball behind for a corner. As ever, Maloney is the man over the dead ball, but it comes to nothing and West Ham can clear their lines.
57 mins West Ham move into a dangerous area for the first real time this half and Mo Diame's curling shot almost finds Nolan's head as he runs across the flight of the ball. It doesn't, and goalkeeper Joel brings the ball into his chest.
54 mins The shadows are creeping towards the centre point of the pitch as the afternoon progresses, but those over in the East Stand are still enjoying the glorious conditions. They'll be enjoying the scoreline too with the Hammers 1-0 up as they look to keep their unbeaten run going. As I type, Maynor Figueroa opts to take on another long-range shot, but once again it fails to trouble Jaaskelainen and the Finn can clear downfield from the goal kick.
51 mins The visitors work the ball well to find Jean Beausejour as he advances down the left channel. He's a full 35 yards out when he chooses to take the shot on, and his teammates will be wondering why as he drags it a long way wide of the far post. The Hammers then elect to make their first change, as Gary O'Neil trudges over to the dugouts to be replaced by Mark Noble. O'Neil has done a lot of running this week - as the rest of the midfield have against Manchester United and Wigan.
49 mins Shaun Maloney is starting to pop up in dangerous areas again and after exchanging passes with James McArthur, he sells Kevin Nolan a step over on the edge of the box and goes over his outstretched leg. Maloney is over the free kick too, but the Scotsman well overhits his cross and the ball flies behind for a goal kick.
47 mins Wigan straight onto the attack at the start of the second period and Arouna Kone has a chance to line-up his sights 22 yards out. He looks to arc it into the top right hand corner but can't direct his effort quite right and it drops harmlessly wide of the upright.
4.03pm Wigan have made a change at the break with James McArthur replacing Callum McManaman, and the Latics get us underway for the second period.
4,02pm Bubbles rings out again and the Hammers take to the field once more. Wigan are already out there and it's nearly time for the second half.
3.49pm To fill that 15 minute half time period, why not watch highlights of the Development Squad's 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers from last night. The match action is now on West Ham TV and you can watch here.
3.47pm The half time whistle sounds and West Ham go into the break holding a 1-0 lead. Up until their goal Wigan were well on top, finding space in Hammers territory and threatening to break through. But Matt Jarvis earned a little bit of luck when his cross missed everyone and nestled in the net to give his team a 21st minute lead. Wigan then couldn't find the same fluency to their play and Sam Allardyce will be much happier with the final 20 minutes of that opening period.
45 mins Carroll's battle with Caldwell continues and this time the Hammers man ends up on top, winning a foul with the Wigan man going into the book. As we wait for the free kick we're told we'll play one minute of stoppage time by the fourth official. The ball is then delivered and Carroll wins the first header, but Joel gathers under pressure from Vaz Te.
44 mins Ricardo Vaz Te skips away from a challenge 30 yards from goal and although he has Guy Demel haring into space in the right channel he elects to take the shot on. It doesn't turn out to be a wise choice though as the ball lands some way up the Bobby Moore lower tier.
42 mins The Hammers look to build from inside their own half but are stopped in their tracks when Diame overruns the ball slightly and clips Jordi Gomez' heel as he looks to retrieve it. The Latics move the ball forward and Figueroa goes down as Guy Demel jockeys him inside the box. It's not close to being a foul though and in truth the Wigan man is lucky to escape a booking for taking that tumble.
39 mins Wigan players putting their bodies on the line to block fierce efforts from James Collins and Mohamed Diame in quick succession. The Hammers win a corner and from the second cross Ricardo Vaz Te gets his head on it by the near post but can't direct the ball on target. West Ham have taken a handle on the contest since their breakthrough and are looking far brighter now.
37 mins Great bit of footwork from Gary O'Neil deep inside his own half there. It looked as though he was in for a spot of bother as Shaun Maloney and Jordi Gomez homed in on him, but he found space with a deft turn and was soon able to launch another attack.
34 mins West Ham are starting to find attacking joy with slightly more regularity now with the left hand side proving a happy hunting ground. Jarvis looks to have misdirected this particular cross, but Vaz Te retrieves it by chacking his run, controlling and shooting with his left foot on the turn. It has decent power but goalkeeper Joel is behind it to hold on. Still 1-0 to the Hammers.
32 mins The hosts have an opportunity to break out and again use the left hand flank as their launchpad. Joey O'Brien picks the simple pass to Matt Jarvis, who spots Andy Carroll peeling off at the back post and floats a cross over to him. Carroll wins the header with ease and looks for Ricardo Vaz Te, but the No12 is squeezed out and Wigan come away with possession.
29 mins Now it's time for a penalty shout from the visitors. Jean Beausejour slips out of a challenge down the left and cuts back to Shaun Maloney, who in turn moves the ball on to James McArthur. The Wigan man shoots with venom from 25 yards with the ball arrowing in on Winston Reid. The ball smashes into his thigh and as it bounces up may have brushed his arm, but if it did it was certainly a case of ball to hand, and again referee Swarbrick is unmoved.
27 mins Penalty claim from the Hammers as they work the ball down the right for Ricardo Vaz Te, who cuts back towards Kevin Nolan in the box. James McCarthy slides in at attempt to win the ball with Nolan poised to shoot. The Hammers man goes to ground but there's nothing doing for the ref.
26 mins A quiet period since the goal. Wigan have looked to get back into their stride, but the Hammers are looking more comfortable with that Jarvis strike behind them.
23 mins You have to say the scoreline is fairly harsh on Wigan, who have started the game with a real purpose and have enjoyed the vast majority of dangerous moments so far. But the Hammers will take that bit of fortune with Jarvis' intended cross ending up in the net and will look to build from here.
21 mins GOAL! And after all that Wigan pressure, West Ham lead! They make tracks down the left, with Joey O'Brien passing to Matt Jarvis. He cuts back on to his right foot and delivers a cross which evades Mo Diame at the near post, Kevin Nolan in the middle and goalkeeper Joel to nestle in the net by the right-hand post. 1-0 West Ham.
19 mins Andy Carroll is unhappy as he is shown a yellow card by referee Swarbrick for a tangle with Gary Caldwell. That's the third game in a row he's been booked in. Wigan then go back on the attack and Kone is proving to be a slippery customer for the Hammers defence. He makes space for a shot 20 yards out but fires over the top. It's been an impressive start from the relegation-threatened visitors.
17 mins Free kick for Wigan as Arouna Kone combines nicely with sub Beausejour and is tripped by Mo Diame on the edge of the box. Shaun Maloney has his eyes on goal and is only just over the top with his curling right footed shot. Had it been on target, Jaaskelainen was well positioned to save however.
16 mins Early substitution for Wigan as Anton Alcaraz's afternoon is ended early due to injury. Jean Beausejour is the man who comes on for him.
15 mins The Hammers win another free kick and they look for a repeat of their Southampton goal as Kevin Nolan touches it square for Andy Carroll to launch towards goal, but he doesn't get hold of it and Joel saves easily.
14 mins Pedantic stuff from referee Neil Swarbrick as he reprimands Gary O'Neil for trying to take a free kick too quickly. When he is eventually allowed to deliver, the midfielder finds Kevin Nolan who chests down and swivels to volley, but Wigan keeper Joel makes the save.
12 mins It's that man Maloney who's probing down the left again and he looks to take on Guy Demel as he enters the area, but overruns the ball as it goes out for a goal kick. A chance for the Hammers to take a breather.
10 mins Real chance for Wigan as they break following that Hammers corner. Shaun Maloney suddenly finds himself through on goal after being played in by a teammate, but he shoots straight at Jaaskelainen, who manages to block and then sit on the ball, and the Hammers escape.
9 mins Better from the Hammers and a nice piece of skill from Diame sets Demel clear down the right. His cross is cut out and West Ham have their first corner of the afternoon. It's close as well. Gary O'Neil delivers, James Collins flicks at the near post and Kevin Nolan can't quite stretch enough to direct his header on target at the far.
6 mins Shaun Maloney is pulling the strings early on here and he feeds the ball into Kone inside the box, but Collins does well to hold him up and shepherd the Wigan attacker away from danger.
4 mins The Hammers have their first chance to attack and after Andy Carroll shows good gymnastic skills to keep the ball in by the right touchline and vault the advertising boards into the Alpari Stand - he couldn't stop his momentum in time again - but Ricardo Vaz Te has his pocket picked on the edge of the box.
3 mins Wigan have started on the front foot here and after a spell of sustained possession, Antolin Alcaraz carries the ball forward in the left channel, moves onto his right foot and shoots for goal. His effort is directed well enough, but lacks power and Jussi Jaaskelainen fields comfortably.
1 min Wigan have possession first in Hammers territory when Jordi Gomez nicks the ball off Kevin Nolan inside the centre circle. He tries to feed it into Arouna Kone, but James Collins steps in to intercept.
3.01pm Mo Diame and Matt Jarvis get us underway. We're off!
2.59pm The captains come together for the toss and the Hammers will be attacking towards the Bobby Moore Stand in the first half.
2.56pm The teams make their way out to the strains of 'Bubbles'. West Ham led by Kevin Nolan and Wigan by their skipper Gary Caldwell. The Hammers fans over in the East Stand are really lapping up the sunshine.
2.47pm Today's referee is Neil Swarbrick. He's taken charge of two Hammers games so far this season - the 4-1 win over Southampton at the Boleyn Ground and the 3-0 loss at Sunderland. He's dished out a total of 98 yellow card and one red in 28 games this season.
2.40pm We've taken our seats in the press box, high up in the upper tier of the Alpari Stand and I'm pleased to report that it isn't coat weather today. The sun is shining brightly and both teams are going through the final stages of their warm ups. Kick-off is only 20 minutes away and the Hammers could breach the 40 point barrier with a positive result this afternoon. How are you feeling about today's game? Let us know on twitter using the #WHULIVE hashtag.
2.30pm The Hammers are looking to make it five games undefeated this afternoon. Their last four fixtures have yielded six points, with a victory over West Bromwich Albion being followed up with three draws.
They've been three draws of real worth though, as the trips to Liverpool and Southampton both brought reward - the Hammers being involved in a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield before the two goals at St Mary's were shared.
Then, Sam Allardyce's side drew 2-2 with Manchester United in a thrilling Boleyn Ground clash in midweek so they will be confident of continuing their push for a top half finish this afternoon.
2.20pm Today is one of our designated community matches for the season. The Club's Community Sports Trust will be showcasing the wealth of multi-sports activities and programmes they deliver.
A bucket collection is being held at the Boleyn Ground to help raise funds for the Trust - why not read about their activities on their new microsite community.whufc.com while you're waiting for today's game to begin.
2.05pm The team news is in and West Ham name an unchanged line-up from the eleven who started against Manchester United. Joe Cole is fit enough to return to the bench, however, after overcoming a hamstring injury. He replaces Modibo Maiga on the list of subs. Wigan, meanwhile, make two changes from the team which lost to Manchester City on Wednesday, with Gary Caldwell and Callum McManaman coming in.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Diame, O'Neil
Subs: Henderson (GK), C.Cole, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, J.Cole
Wigan Athletic: Joel, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Figueroa, Scharner
Subs: Al Habsi (GK), Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Beausejour, Stam
1.45pm Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has arrived at the Boleyn Ground with his team, and it's just 15 minutes until we'll have the team news. Will either team make changes having played the two Manchester clubs in midweek? You'll find out first on our twitter feed here. You can also enter a line-up prediction competition over on our twitter feed so why not get involved?
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for our live coverage of today's Barclays Premier League game with Wigan Athletic.
East London is bathed in sunshine this afternoon and the Hammers will hope that the sun continues to shine on them come 5pm with the top half of the table in their sights.
It is the second home game of the week for the Hammers, following Wednesday night's thrilling 2-2 draw with league leaders Manchester United. Sam Allardyce says this game is more important and he will be desperate to keep the unbeaten run going with a positive result against the Latics.
This will be the third meeting between the teams 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, while Roberto Martinez's men triumphed 2-1 in the league fixture at the DW Stadium on 27 October.
Roberto Martinez's side reached the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Millwall in last weekend's Wembley semi-final, but suffered a 1-0 defeat on their return to league action at Manchester City on Wednesday. Wigan are currently 18th in the Premier League table with 31 points from 32 games.
In terms of team news, Allardyce was pleased to welcome Winston Reid and Mark Noble back into his squad in midweek, although George McCartney and James Tomkins remain sidelined. For the Latics, goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (hip), centre-back Ivan Ramis (knee), midfielder Ben Watson (broken leg) and midfielder Albert Crusat (knee) are all out injured.
West Ham's clash with Wigan Athletic is one of seven Barclays Premier League matches on Saturday. The others are all 3pm kick-offs and are as follows: Fulham v Arsenal, Norwich City v Reading, Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City, Sunderland v Everton, Swansea City v Southampton and West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United.
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