West Ham United 1 Wigan Athletic 1
Saturday, 25th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower
I suppose that given the recent history of away wins in this fixture we ought to be grateful to have come away with a point but in all honesty it seems like a couple of points dropped.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
Unemployed for much of the game he was on hand to make a vital save when required.
Fairly solid but there was the odd problem with his distribution.
In good form at present as he does his damnedest to prove to everyone that we don?EUR(TM)t need a new left back.
Kept Heskey quiet which is why the decision to swap with Upson for the goal was all the more mysterious and annoying.
Had a hard time on occasion against Agahowa having had a nice stroll in the sun alongside Sibierski.
Another good run-out ?EUR" though the toll of a hot day and a midweek international showed in the last few minutes.
The usual water carrier performance that goes unnoticed. Sacrificed in the pursuit of a more attacking formation.
A bit of pace but didn?EUR(TM)t add as much width as I?EUR(TM)d have liked to have seen on the right.
A bit in and out. Looked capable of causing problems one minute then invisible the next. Still an improvement on last season.
Lots of running and is beginning to show a threat. Some nice link up stuff with Dyer.
Just about nothing went right for poor old Bobby. We may be looking at a spell on the bench sooner rather than later.
(Replaced Zamora, 61) Beginning to show some good touches. I?EUR(TM)d like to see him start games now ?EUR" he?EUR(TM)ll get more match fitness that way.
(Replaced Mullins, 65) Nicely taken goal and got into good positions on a number of occasions.
Luis Boa Morte
(Replaced Bellamy, 75) Had a fine spell. Linked up with Ashton well and set up Bowyer nicely for the goal.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Hayden Mullins, Kieron Dyer, Matthew Etherington, Craig Bellamy, Bobby Zamora.
Goals: Lee Bowyer 81 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Melchoit, Scharner, Bramble, Granqvist, Valencia, Koumas, Landzaat, Kilbane, Sibierski, Heskey.
Subs not used: Pollitt, Hall, Folan.
Booked: Scharner (78).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Mark Noble.