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DW Stadium (ATT 12,993) 2nd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Curson

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs West Ham United West Ham

Hammer blow for Latics

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/04/05 5:30pm

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Goals from Teddy Sheringham and Marlon Harewood gave West Ham a precious 2-1 victory over Wigan at the JJB Stadium which could prove damaging for the Latics' hopes of automatic promotion.

A last minute equaliser from Brian Deane in this fixture on the final day of last season cost Wigan a place in the play-offs and the effects of this defeat could prove even more costly.

The victory for Alan Pardew's side was necessary to revive their flagging play-off push after a run of five games without a win and underlined the inherent inconsistency of a team which has now beaten Sunderland, Wigan and Ipswich away from home.

Wigan dominated the first half and were made to pay for missing their chances. Graham Kavanagh and Gary Teale flashed shots wide inside the first 10 minutes and Teale then went close again after a dazzling run.

Nathan Ellington twice teed up chances for Roberts as the first half drew to a close, but he put one wide and then shot straight at Hammers keeper Jimmy Walker.

At the opposite end, Harewood missed the visitors' best chance when he was played in by Nigel Reo-Coker but could only shoot wide of John Filan's goal.

Wigan made the breakthrough six minutes into the second half when Roberts collected Kavanagh's through ball and held off the challenge of Tomas Repka before shooting low past Walker.

Yet their lead lasted only four minutes, before a defensive mix-up between Ian Breckin and David Wright allowed the ball to roll free to Sheringham, who celebrated his 39th birthday with a powerful finish.

Harewood then completed the comeback with a neat finish from the edge of the area after being put through by Mark Noble.

Wigan failed to mount the late charge which had been expected of them and only a smart save from Filan prevented Harewood from adding a third.



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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13