Wigan Athletic 0-3 West Ham United
Saturday, 28th April 2007
by East Stand Martin
Wicks is a laugh a minute. I first met him on a plane to Addis Ababa en route to watching cricket in South Africa. He lives in Preston at the moment and is studying to be a journalist. As a sideline he’s got this job doing very basic live in running commentary for Far Eastern betting firms.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
The saves he had to make were simple enough, but he did often alleviate pressure with simple catches.
Composed at right back and provides high quality distribution.
A solid performance was capped by his drive forward which prompted the second goal.
He dealt with the Wigan strikers well and appeared to be in the correct state of mind.
Despite being a tad slow on the ground, his aerial ability is invaluable in this kind of fixture.
His passing is of high quality, but his willingness to get stuck in is commendable. The youngster had no second thoughts about winning one tackle moments after winning another.
One of the biggest influences on such a poor campaign was one of the biggest influences on today, as he physically dominated Wigan's midfield. It would take a cynical man to say he is playing for a move. I'm a cynical man.
Where was a display like this at any other point in the season? He even came out best in 50-50s.
Luis Boa Morte
He cost as much as West Ham's fine yesterday. They weren't deduced points though and his goal could be just as important.
Only one real chance which was blocked. He set up the second goal and was involved in many of West Ham's best moments.
(Replaced Zamora, 67) Perhaps there is more to come from him this season, although some moments were less than convincing.
(Replaced Tevez, 82) No comment.
(Replaced Reo-Coker, 84) No comment.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Mark Noble, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Luis Boa Morte, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.
Goals: Luis Boa Morte 29 Yossi Benayoun 56 Marlon Harewood 81 .
Booked: George McCartney 48 Nigel Reo-Coker 67 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Wigan Athletic: Filan, Boyce, De Zeeuw, Jackson, Baines, Kilbane, Skoko, Landzaat, McCulloch, Camara, Heskey.
Subs not used: Pollitt, Taylor.
Booked: Camara (42).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Mark Noble.