Filed: Tuesday, 25th September 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are out of the Capital One Cup after being humiliated by Wigan at the Boleyn Ground tonight.
Having been beaten just once at home in 2012 hopes were high of further progression for Sam Allardyce's side in the newly-named competition.
But in the end there was very little to cheer as the Hammers were humbled by an ordinary-looking Latics team.
Modibo Maiga had given West Ham the perfect start when he took advantage of a dreadful back pass to fire the Hammers ahead with just six minutes on the clock.
But United's lead was to last for just nine minutes as Argentinian striker Boselli levelled the scores when he nipped in to convert Maynor Figueroa's centre.
Ricardo Vaz Te and Jordan Spence both went close shortly after whilst Academy graduate Robert Hall once again looked lively throughout the first half.
However Spanish defender Ivan Ramis, who looked like he was on his way to West Ham before his move was hijacked by Wigan boss Roberto Martínez - silenced the home crowd six minutes ahead of the half time whistle with a goal out of nothing.
The former Mallorca defender was allowed to run from deep before unleashing an absolute piledriver of a shot from the 35 yard mark which flew into the top corner of Stephen Henderson's net.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, Boselli extended the visitor's lead even further when he made it 3-1 just three minutes later. Having beaten West Ham's offside trap, the £6million man lifted the ball over the oncoming Henderson to give his side a comfortable lead to take into the half time break.
West Ham - who were misssing a string of first team regulars - never really looked like getting back into the tie after the break although Rob Hall rattled the woodwork when his deflected effort wrongfooted goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.
But the only goal of the half came from the penalty spot when reserve goalkeeper Stephen Henderson felled James McArthur six minutes from the end of normal time.
Substitute Jordi Gomez converted the resulting spot kick to make it 4-1 on the night and confirm West Ham's extremely disappointing exit from the competition.
The only positive note on a desperately disappointing night came when Dylan Tombides replaced the injured Gary O'Neil just before Gomez's spot kick.
The 18-year-old, who was recently given the all-clear to resume his professional career having fought cancer came on to make his first team debut.
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