Wigan vs West Ham - The Reviews
Unsurprisingly most of the papers single out the state of the pitch as one of the biggest contributors to this game but even so most of the papers were unimpressed with West Ham's performance.The general consensus being that Wigan's midfield were quicker and harder to the ball.
The Daily Express say that chances 'were at a premium on a ploughed field of a pitch'. Whilst The Daily Mail claim that "West Ham struggled to get going" in this match as 'both sides struggled to string a couple of passes together on a dreadful pitch.' They say that if Bellamy had scored then it would have been an 'undeserved point'.
The Daily Telegraph say that "there was a sense right from the kick-off that it would be Wigan's day with the Honduran Wilson Palacios and the irritable Michael Brown snapping into tackles in the centre of midfield." After Wigan scored "the visitors' response was negligible."
The Times agree that West Ham were "never given an inch to play in the face of a committed Wigan team."
The Guardian tries hard to be fair to both teams saying that "the general tempo and quality of the game in such difficult conditions was a credit to both teams." Whilst The Independent takes the opposing view that "the action was forgettable."