Pards praises attitude after victory at Wigan

Alan Pardew paid tribute to the never-say-die attitude of his players after they snatched three points at Wigan Athletic with the last kick of the game on Saturday.

The Hammers boss was beaming with pride as Nigel Reo-Coker's late strike sealed a battling victory, after Marlon Harewood had cancelled out Lee McCulloch's first-half opener.

It was the sixth time this season that his team had come from a goal down to bounce back and secure a precious Premiership triumph, and Pards was understandably proud of the statistic.

"To have gathered 18 points from games where we've conceded the first goal is a fantastic achievement, especially for a promoted team," he said.

"We've been bold all year, especially with our substitutions, and have always tried to win games, whatever the situation.

"I thought we were a little flat in the first-half today, there was definitely a slight hangover from the FA Cup win at Manchester City, and I told the players at half-time that they couldn't afford to take their eye off the ball in that way.

"In the second half we got much more in the game, were brave and tried to get it down and play. On the second half display alone we deserved a draw, and we came away with a win, which was fantastic."