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DW Stadium (ATT 19,090) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs West Ham United West Ham

Wigan 2

I Ramis (8)
J McArthur (47)

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West Ham 1

J Tomkins (90+3)

Ivan Ramis and James McCarthur earn Wigan 2-1 win over West Ham United

Last Updated: 29/10/12 6:59pm

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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 deserved win

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 AthleticTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
2Goals1
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target4
4Shots off Target4
4Blocked Shots7
6Corners6
11Fouls17
3Offsides1
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
80Passing Success73.7
14Tackles19
71.4Tackles Success63.2
54.4Possession45.6
44.9Territorial Advantage55.1
424Total Passes334
17Total Crosses33
155Lost Balls155
53Recoveries46
58.91st Half Poss.41.1
53.12nd Half Poss.46.9

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