West Ham United 1-1 Wigan Athletic 

Saturday, 25th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

I used to like those slot machine games at the fair when you used to drop 10p in and hope that it would push a load of other 10 pence pieces over the edge. It was about letting it fall in just at the right moment.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Unemployed for much of the game he was on hand to make a vital save when required.

Lucas Neill
Fairly solid but there was the odd problem with his distribution.

George McCartney
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.

Anton Ferdinand
Kept Heskey quiet which is why the decision to swap with Upson for the goal was all the more mysterious and annoying.

Matthew Upson
Had a hard time on occasion against Agahowa having had a nice stroll in the sun alongside Sibierski.

Mark Noble
Another good run-out ?EUR" though the toll of a hot day and a midweek international showed in the last few minutes.

Hayden Mullins
The usual water carrier performance that goes unnoticed. Sacrificed in the pursuit of a more attacking formation.

Kieron Dyer
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.

Matthew Etherington
A bit in and out. Looked capable of causing problems one minute then invisible the next. Still an improvement on last season.

Craig Bellamy
Lots of running and is beginning to show a threat. Some nice link up stuff with Dyer.

Bobby Zamora
Just about nothing went right for poor old Bobby. We may be looking at a spell on the bench sooner rather than later.


Dean Ashton
(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.

Lee Bowyer
(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.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Match Facts

West 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                  .

Booked: None.

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Melchoit, Scharner, Bramble, Granqvist, Valencia, Koumas, Landzaat, Kilbane, Sibierski, Heskey.

Subs not used: Pollitt, Hall, Folan.

Goals: .

Booked: Scharner (78).

Sent off: None.

Referee: A.Marriner.

Attendance: 24,961.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.