Saturday, April 28, 2007

Wigan 0 West Ham 3

A superb goal by Boa Morte on the half hour gave West Ham a deserved first half lead. The goal came from a long ball forward from Neill which Boa Morte ran onto and managed to chip left-footed over an out rushing Filan, to score from 25 yards.

West Ham were then lucky not to extend their lead, first in the 38th minute from an excellent turn and nutmeg from Tevez on the edge of the area from which he shot a curling ball just wide of the right hand post. And then a minute later an excellent move from West Ham ended with Benayoun feeding the ball into Zamora in the box, Zamora back heeling the ball to Tevez whose shot was then blocked.

Wigan didn't have much to shout about themselves. Hesky had their best chance in the first half with a 7 yard header which he put a couple of yards wide.

It only took West Ham eleven minutes of the second half to extend their lead. The move that brought the goal started from deep in West Ham's own half when Tevez picked up the ball and had the freedom to run with the ball as far as the halfway line. Tevez was then closed down but he set McCartney free on the left wing with a short pass. McCartney was then free himself to run down the wing until he was level with the edge of the penalty area when he crossed the ball for Zamora. Zamora received the ball and quickly knocked the ball square for Benayoun who slotted the ball into the bottom left of the goal from 12 yards.

In the 64th minute West Ham should have made it three. Tevez shot from 6 yards and hit the post, the ball rebounded to Reo-Coker who shot from 10 yards straight at Mat Jackson. In the 81st minute a rampant West Ham got their third goal. Tevez from just outside the West Ham penalty area fed Reo-Coker free on the left wing. Reo-Coker crossed for Boa Morte who found himself one-on-one with the keeper. Boa Morte then cheekily knocked the ball left so that an on rushing Harewood just had to knock the ball into the back of an open net.

This was probably West Ham's best performance of the season and definitely their best away game. As early as the 70th minute West Ham were playing keep ball, to the accompanying 'Ole's' of the superb West Ham fans. The Wigan fans were shell-shocked into silence and then as soon as West Ham got their third almost to a man deserted the ground.

COME ON YOU IRONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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