Ivan Ramis and James McCarthur earn Wigan 2-1 win over West Ham United
Last Updated: 29/10/12 6:59pm
Wigan won at home in the Premier League for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: James McCarthy was booked late on but he helped Wigan get the ball down and play as well as producing numerous driving runs forward.
- Goal of the match: Ivan Ramis may be a right-footed centre-back but Robin van Persie would have been proud of his left-footed volley to open the scoring.
- Save of the match: Not a goalkeeper but Maynor Figueroa. James Tomkins' shot deflected off Gary Caldwell and Figueroa reacted quickly to head onto the crossbar and away.
- Talking point: West Ham have had the better results this season but their style of play looked flawed here against the Latics. Do they need to pass it more to keep the fans happy?
Ivan Ramis volleyed the hosts into an eighth-minute lead and James McArthur profited from a loose ball two minutes after the break to earn the Latics a first win since their 4-1 League Cup rout of the same opponents a month ago.
Sam Allardyce's side had made their best start for 13 years but with their muscular approach all-too predictable, the win that would have propelled them fourth never looked likely.
It was typical, Allardyce will no doubt muse, that Ramis - a man he tried to sign in the summer - did the early damage but his own side's cutting edge was in scant supply and James Tomkins' late header was a mere consolation.
Wigan had set the early tempo, Arouna Kone a common denominator in West Ham worries but the breakthrough came from an unlikelier source and so sweetly did Ramis meet Jean Beausejour's corner, there were surely gasps amid the cheers.
The defender might have undone his fine work with a blatant check on Mohamed Diame in a dangerous area but Mark Noble curled harmlessly against the wall.
An Andy Carroll flick gave ex-Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan a sniff, while another knockdown afforded James Collins an effort on goal, scuffed though it was.
But the visitors' best chance to restore parity came from the left flank, Matt Jarvis's inswinging cross only narrowly evading the right boot of Yossi Benayoun (32).
Wigan had ample further chances of their own, Beausejour and James McCarthy denied from range, but breathing space came and was timely, McArthur drilling home Shaun Maloney's lay-off two minutes after the restart.
Allardyce called for the fresh legs of Modibo Maiga but the striker's first touch was a shot dragged horribly wide and when a deep cross dropped into Carroll's path soon after, the big forward swiped at air.
Carlton Cole and Gary O'Neil entered the fray as Allardyce tinkered again in search of late reward but Nolan saw his shot blocked, Cole his header loop high and shoulders sagged.Gary Caldwell stood firm in the home rearguard as West Ham got desperate but a late Tomkins volley came back off the bar, rendering his looping header seconds later (90+3) a footnote
|Wigan Athletic||Team Statistics||West Ham United|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|7||Shots on Target||4|
|4||Shots off Target||4|
|58.9||1st Half Poss.||41.1|
|53.1||2nd Half Poss.||46.9|
Barclays Premier League
|11||West Ham United||34||44|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||34||37|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||34||27|
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