Wigan Troubles Continue
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 27 Oct 2012 21:18:00
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After last weekend's 4-1 home victory over Southampton, West Ham United had the chance to record back-to-back Premier league wins for the first time since February/March 2011. Unfortunately it was another sorry story at the DW Stadium as they lost 2-1

The team that took to the field in Lancashire was the same side that comprehensively defeated the Saints seven days ago.

Apart from Andy Carroll's dreadful early freekick, it was the home side who dominated proceedings and were rewarded as early as the 9th minute when Ivan Ramis, as he did at Upton Park in Wigan's 4-1 Capital One Cup victory in September, scored against the club who showed an interest in him in the summer as he rifled an unstoppable shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Latics went on the attack again but as Maynor Figueroa found himself free in the West Ham box on 14 minutes, James Collins slid in to prevent him increasing the home sides lead.

Seven nminutes later, Jaaskelainen was called into action as he made a diving save from James McCarthy's freekick.

West Ham had a chance to equalise when Carroll controlled Collins's long ball and found Nolan. Carroll tried to receive the ball again but Nolan shot instead but it was an easy save for Ali Al Habsi.

Three minutes later Ramis gave West Ham a freekick when he fouled Carroll as the striker controlled Jaaskelainen's clearance but unfortunately the set piece came to nothing as it was headed clear at the near post.

Five minutes later, Wigan went close again as Emmerson Boyce set up Shaun Maloney whose shot from the edge of the box went a yard wide for a corner. The set piece was cleared to the edge of the box and back-heeled to Jean Beasejour whose shot was intercepted by Carroll.

West Ham passed up another great chance to equalise when a good passing move was ended by Yossi Benayoun who failed to make contact with George McCartney's cross and Al Habsi pushed it wide of the post. An almighty scramble then ensued with two Hammers' efforts being blocked before the keeper finally claimed the ball.

In first-half stoppage time, good play from Captain Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins resulted in Carroll heading just wide of the post.

After an unsatisfactory showing from the East Londoners in the first-half, Sam Allardyce decided to make his first change as Modibo Maiga replaced Benayoun.

The substitution clearly made little difference, as Roberto Martinez's side went further ahead just two minutes into the half through James McArthur, following a touch from Maloney.

On 65 minutes, Big Sam replaced Mark Noble with Carlton Cole after the midfielder was yellow-carded 10 minutes earlier and eight minutes after that Mohamed Diame was replaced by Gary O'Neill.

West Ham unbelieveably registered their first shot on target in the entire game in the 90th minute when Matt Jarvis's cross set up Tomkins whose effort was deflected onto the bar. Minutes later, he did halve the deficit as he headed in from McCartney's cross, but it was too little too late and they are now left to focus on Manchester City's arrival at Upton Park for next Saturday's late kick-off.

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