Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Wigan Athletic 

Saturday, 20th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Forty-two. The meaning of life, the universe and everything. And the number of points we now have this season. Which is nice.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Two superb saves and a few more that were a lot easier. One uncomfortable one though.

Guy Demel
Had a couple of problems with Beausejour immediately after he came on but recovered his composure to have another decent game.

Joey O Brien
Yet another strong performance from JO?EUR(TM)B who, after all his injury woes in previous years, looks to be enjoying his football. And why not.

James Collins
Hard to pick an MOTM for this one where we weren?EUR(TM)t at our best but, from a back four who all had decent games he was probably the pick so I?EUR(TM)ll give it to him.

Winston Reid
'Composed' best describes this performance from a player whose improvement over the past couple of years has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Mo Diame
Some good stuff but he, like many others, looked a bit knackered at times.

Gary O Neil
Continued the good work of recent weeks but was tiring before his eventual replacement by Noble.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Felt a bit sorry for him. He reminded me of Boa Morte in that he sometimes seemed to be trying TOO hard. The more he tried the less it was that went right for him.

Matt Jarvis
Drifted in and out of the game a bit. Hilarious goal though.

Kevin Nolan
Got through a lot of work and the goal was superbly taken. A bit unlucky not to have scored earlier in the match as well.

Andy Carroll
Ran his legs off in the thankless task that he had today. Ludicrously cautioned for something that he did in a previous match.


Mark Noble
(Replaced O'Neil, 55)
Like Joe Cole he appears to be still finding his feet following his return from injury.

Joe Cole
(Replaced Demel, 61)
Looked a little ring rusty after his recent absence.

Jack Collison
(Replaced Diame, 75)
A few nice passes when he came on, which, in this match, was something of a rarity.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Emanuel Pogatetz
Did not play.

Matt Taylor
Did not play.

Carlton Cole
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Joey O Brien, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mo Diame, Gary O Neil, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Matt Jarvis 21 Kevin Nolan 80                .

Booked: Andy Carroll 19 Joe Cole 75 James Collins 90      .

Sent off: None.

Wigan Athletic: Joel Robles, Paul Scharner, Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz, Emmerson Boyce, James McCarthy, Jordi Gomez, Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney.

Subs not used: Ali Al Habsi, Angelo Henriquez, Roger Espinoza, Ronnie Stam.

Goals: None.

Booked: Gary Caldwell (45).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 34,544.

Man of the Match: James Collins.