Filed: Sunday, 28th October 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham blew the chance of moving into the Champions League spots after going down 2-1 at Wigan this afternoon.
Having enjoyed such an excellent start to their campaign, Sam Allardyce's team knew that three points today at the DW Stadium would have propelled them into the top four, with several teams not playing until tomorrow.
However they were well beaten on a disappointing afternoon in which Wigan took a deserved two-goal lead before the Hammers salvaged some pride in the final minute of extra time.
The Latics - who went into today's game having failed to win a single game at home this season - already had a psychological advantage over West Ham having secured their biggest win ever over United (4-1) earlier in the season in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
And today's game was only eight minutes old when they gained a numerical advantage too. Ivan Ramis, a summer transfer target of Sam Allardyce's opened the scoring with a sublime volley direct from a corner to give the home side the lead.
With West Ham failing to produce any of the early season form that had seen them become a firm fixture in the upper third of the league table, a second goal for the home side looked imminent - and it duly arrived just two minutes after the restart.
Shaun Maloney was afforded too much space of West Ham's right side and his centre found an unmarked James McArthur, who drilled the ball through a crowd of players into an empty net as Jussi Jaaskelainen stood unsighted and motionless.
Despite throwing on Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga to support Andy Carroll, West Ham produced very little of note until the 89th minute when James Tomkins' header was somehow cleared off the line by Gary Caldwell.
However the central defender - who was playing at right back today in place of the injured Guy Demel - finally got his reward and a consolation goal for his side in the fourth minute of added on time when another header found the net.
Although West Ham's fine start to the campaign meant today's disappointing reversal shouldn't necessarily cause panic in the ranks, it was probably the team's best chance ahead of Christmas to record three points with an horrendous run of fixtures awaiting.
Manchester City (h), Newcastle United (a), Stoke City (h), Tottenham (a), Manchester United (a), Chelsea (h), Liverpool (h), West Brom (a) and Everton (a) is how West Ham's programe ahead of Christmas looks - and that's before the trip to Arsenal on Boxing Day!
Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham Utd 1: match facts
West Ham Utd: Jussi Jaaskelainen, James Tomkins, James Collins, Winston Reid, George McCartney, Matthew Jarvis, Mark Noble (Carlton Cole 64), Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diame (Gary O'Neil 73), Yossi Benayoun (Modibo Maiga 46), Andy Carroll.
Subs not used: Raphael Spiegel, Joey O'Brien, Leo Chambers, Robert Hall.
Goals: James Tomkins (90+3).
Booked: Mark Noble (55), Modibo Maiga (60+1), Gary O'Neil (90+1), Winston Reid (90+4).
Shots on/off target: 15 - 11/4.
Wigan Athletic: Ali Al Habsi, Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Maynor Figueroa, Emmerson Boyce, James McCarthy, James McArthur, Jean Beausejour, Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo (Ben Watson 78), Shaun Maloney.
Subs not used: Michael Pollitt, David Jones, Jordi Gomez, Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli, Ronnie Stam.
Goals: Ivan Ramis (8), James McArthur (47).
Booked: Ivan Ramis (18), Franco Di Santo (39), James McArthur (89).
Shots on/off target: 17 - 13/4.
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by g portugal
12:21PM 28th Oct 2012
''Incredibly poor attitude shown by our players, especially in midfield. Lazy, uncommitted, childish. Second rate. Absolute embarrassment to the club and its supporters. A disgrace given the well advertised difficult run of fixtures we have in November. This is no way to for a football team to conduct itself.''
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