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West Ham   3 - 2   Wigan

Mark Noble and Ilan celebrate West Ham's equaliser
Mark Noble and Ilan celebrate West Ham's equaliser

By Chris Bevan

West Ham took a giant stride towards Premier League survival with a dramatic win over fellow strugglers Wigan.

The Hammers made a nightmare start when Jonathan Spector headed Ben Watson's corner into his own net.

Ilan levelled from Carlton Cole's cross and Radoslav Kovac put West Ham ahead from the rebound after Chris Kirkland had parried Mark Noble's free-kick.

Hugo Rodallega made it 2-2 from another Watson corner but Scott Parker won it with a sensational 25-yard strike.

Hull's defeat by Sunderland means that, with two games left, they are six points behind the Hammers but with a vastly inferior goal difference.

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Defeat for Burnley against Liverpool on Sunday would all but confirm that West Ham are safe and ensure that Wigan will be in the top flight next season.

It was a tense afternoon for all concerned at Upton Park, with Gianfranco Zola's side looking to bounce back from Monday's capitulation against Liverpool at Anfield and the Latics looking for the three points that they knew would keep them up.

The nerves of the home fans were not helped by Wigan's opening goal after just four minutes, with Watson's corner coming off Spector's head and bouncing past the helpless Green.

Zola praises 'outstanding' West Ham

Replays showed the ball was outside the corner quadrant when Watson delivered his cross but the goal was allowed to stand.

Cole should have levelled soon afterwards when he ran clear and rounded Kirkland but he did not look up before firing goalwards, and failed to see that Gary Caldwell had got back to brilliantly block the ball on the line.

That was the only clear-cut chance created by the Hammers in the first half-hour, though, and their fans were not slow to show their displeasure, greeting every misplaced pass with loud groans and jeers.

Wigan, in contrast, were looking composed on the ball and came close to scoring a second goal when James McCarthy's fierce strike from the edge of the area was superbly tipped on to the bar by Green.

Instead of being 2-0 down, West Ham were quickly level; with a swift counter-attack seconds later ending with Cole's cross being slid home by Ilan.

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The turnaround was completed on the stroke of half-time when Noble's curling free-kick was parried by Kirkland, only for Kovac to run in and nod the rebound into the empty net.

Wigan were not done yet, however, and Rodallega made it 2-2 from close range on 52 minutes after Victor Moses flicked on Watson's corner.

West Ham's players protested that the Colombian had bundled the ball home with his hand at the far post but, after consulting his linesman, referee Alan Wiley allowed the goal to stand.

Suddenly it was the Latics who were back on top and it took a good save from Green to keep out Charles N'Zogbia's free-kick.

At the other end, the Hammers threatened when Kovac's looping header bounced off the top of the bar from Noble's corner.

The game looked set for a frantic finale until, with 13 minutes left, Parker latched on to a knockdown by substitute Guillermo Franco and let fly with a low shot that fizzed past Kirkland and into the bottom corner of the net.

Wigan pressed forward but the closest they came to another equaliser was when Titus Bramble's hopeful long-range lob sailed over the top of Green's crossbar.


West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola on Scott Parker's winner:
"It was a great goal and great result.

"It was a great finish and not an easy shot because he did not have an angle, but he hit it perfectly.

"I cannot celebrate yet. We want to stay focused and want to finish this championship with some more points."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:
"We deserved something from the game, but both teams clearly wanted to win which made it very open.

"We imposed ourselves in spells and it is very frustrating that we could not reflect that by picking up any points.

"From our point of view I felt we could have done better with the three goals we conceded."

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 3-2 Wigan FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Ilan 31
  • Kovac 45+5
  • Parker 77
  • Spector (og) 4
  • Rodallega 52

West Ham

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 33,057
WEST HAM
WIGAN

Possession

  • West Ham 45%
  • Wigan 55%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 7
  • Wigan 10

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 2
  • Wigan 2

Corners

  • West Ham 4
  • Wigan 5

Fouls

  • West Ham 9
  • Wigan 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:01 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Victor Moses. Ben Watson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 90:00+2:13 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Fabio Daprela coming on for Mark Noble.
  • 90:00+2:13 Gary Caldwell crosses the ball.
  • 89:35 Substitution Jason Scotland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 89:35 Substitution Paul Scharner is brought on as a substitute for Mohamed Diame.
  • 88:33 Long range shot by Titus Bramble goes over the bar.
  • 85:05 Scott Parker is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ben Watson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Robert Green.
  • 82:16 Victor Moses crosses the ball, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Julien Faubert.
  • 81:47 Jonathan Spector challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 76:14 Assist by Guillermo Franco.
  • 76:14 GOAL - Scott ParkerWest Ham 3 - 2 Wigan Scott Parker scores a goal from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 3-2 Wigan.
  • 75:02 Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.
  • 74:57 Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, clearance by Mario Melchiot.
  • 74:01 Guillermo Franco is penalised for a handball. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
  • 72:16 Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:52 Guillermo Franco fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
  • 69:56 Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 69:56 Substitution Araujo Ilan goes off and Guillermo Franco comes on.
  • 69:56 Booking Titus Bramble is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:31 Foul by Titus Bramble on Scott Parker, free kick awarded.
  • 67:59 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Araujo Ilan. Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:11 The referee gives a free kick against Carlton Cole for handball. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 63:57 Shot by Radoslav Kovac. Blocked by Mohamed Diame. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Radoslav Kovac takes a shot.
  • 63:03 Julien Faubert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
  • 62:11 Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Noble.
  • 61:35 Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel da Costa. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Noble, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 58:31 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 57:27 Shot on goal comes in from Charles N'Zogbia from the free kick, save by Robert Green.
  • 57:27 Booking Jonathan Spector goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 53:47 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:23 Mark Noble takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.
  • 51:36 Assist on the goal came from Victor Moses.
  • 51:36 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWest Ham 2 - 2 Wigan Hugo Rodallega fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 2-2 Wigan.
  • 50:59 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker. Corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line played to the near post,
  • 49:30 Victor Moses produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 46:59 Victor Moses crosses the ball.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+6:16 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+4:19 Mark Noble provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+4:19 GOAL - Radoslav KovacWest Ham 2 - 1 Wigan Radoslav Kovac finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 2-1 Wigan.
  • 45:00+3:36 Foul by Titus Bramble on Carlton Cole, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark Noble, save made by Chris Kirkland.
  • 45:00+2:30 Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by Robert Green.
  • 43:55 A cross is delivered by Ben Watson, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
  • 42:47 Mark Noble has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Mario Melchiot gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Carlton Cole. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
  • 39:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Ben Watson. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 38:17 The ball is delivered by Scott Parker.
  • 36:29 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Victor Moses coming on for Marcelo Moreno.
  • 36:29 Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson.
  • 33:03 The offside flag is raised against Araujo Ilan. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 30:18 The ball is sent over by Carlton Cole,
  • 30:16 The assist for the goal came from Carlton Cole.
  • 30:16 GOAL - Araujo IlanWest Ham 1 - 1 Wigan Araujo Ilan finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Wigan.
  • 29:35 James McCarthy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Robert Green.
  • 27:56 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 26:17 The referee gives a free kick against Mario Melchiot for handball. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
  • 25:26 Handball by Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 23:29 The ball is delivered by Ben Watson.
  • 22:56 Foul by Mark Noble on Mario Melchiot, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 21:27 Manuel da Costa takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:27 Booking James McCarthy is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:18 James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Araujo Ilan.
  • 21:01 Ben Watson produces a cross.
  • 20:15 Marcelo Moreno takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner taken by Ben Watson played to the near post, Julien Faubert manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marcelo Moreno. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 14:50 Marcelo Moreno sends in a cross, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 14:35 Effort from 25 yards by Hugo Rodallega. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 13:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Gary Caldwell. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:53 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 7:22 Carlton Cole delivers the ball.
  • 6:37 Carlton Cole fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 3:10 Assist on the goal came from Ben Watson.
  • 3:10 GOAL - Jonathan SpectorWest Ham 0 - 1 Wigan An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Jonathan Spector. West Ham 0-1 Wigan.
  • 2:58 Corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line.
  • 2:38 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel da Costa.
  • 2:07 Foul by Mark Noble on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mario Melchiot.
  • 1:04 Centre by Julien Faubert.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 36 53 79
2 Chelsea 35 54 77
3 Arsenal 36 39 72
4 Tottenham 35 26 64
5 Man City 35 27 63
6 Aston Villa 35 15 61
7 Liverpool 35 24 59
8 Everton 35 9 54
9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
10 Sunderland 36 -6 44
11 Blackburn 36 -16 44
12 Fulham 34 -2 43
13 Stoke 34 -4 43
14 Bolton 36 -25 36
15 Wolves 36 -23 35
16 Wigan 36 -34 35
17 West Ham 36 -18 34
18 Hull 36 -41 28
19 Burnley 35 -37 27
20 Portsmouth 36 -33 16

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