Duke double sinks Hammers
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham were beaten 3-1 by Wigan at Upton Park on Sunday.West Ham were brought down to earth with a bump at Upton Park on Sunday, as they were torn to pieces by a rampant Wigan.
Alan Pardew's Hammers came into the game in buoyant mood, having proved too strong for Reading in midweek, but they were undone by a Wigan side full of attacking vigour.
Strike duo Nathan Ellington (2) and Jason Roberts did the damage, with the former's two headed goals likely to be a cause for concern for Pardew and the West Ham faithful who only had a Bobby Zamora consolation to cheer.
Ellington's opener on five minutes was simplicity itself, as he climbed above Andy Melville before guiding a header past Stephen Bywayer.
Hayden Mullins and Nigel Reo-Coker came close to levelling, but the home side were dealt a hammer blow on the stroke of half time. Roberts collected a hopeful flick on and showed too much strength before rounding Bywater and stroking the ball into an empty net.
Ellington knocked a huge nail into West Ham's coffin on 58 minutes when showing great spring to head Lee McCulloch's cross high past Bywater, with the lack of defensive cover a real concern to Pardew.
The Hammers showed commendable spirit to keep plugging away and Zamora kept Wigan honest when flicking home at the second attempt on 69 minutes.
Wigan weathered a storm of pressure to secure a welcome three points on their travels.