Saturday, August 16, 2008

West Ham 2 Wigan 1

Wigan looked good for the first two minutes of this game then West Ham won the ball in their own half and broke quickly down the right wing. The ball came to Faubert who crossed and found Ashton on the edge of the Wigan box. Ashton received the ball with his back to goal and turned and shot to get the first goal of this Premier League campaign.

It took West Ham just seven minutes to extend their lead. West Ham won a corner on the left. Cole met the corner on the edge of the five yard box and flicked the ball on, Davenport hooked the ball goalwards and Ashton had a fairly easy tap-in on the far post for his second of the game.

Wigan scored a minute into the second half. Amr Zaki volleyed the ball past Green left-footed from the centre of the penalty area, 12 yards out. After the goal West Ham created a couple of chances. Cole headed wide and Faubert shot wide from a Behrami pull back from the right wing.

However, from about the 55th minute, Wigan bombarded the West Ham penalty area. In the 71st minute Sears was brought on for Ashton and Mullins for Parker. In the 75th minute Green was forced to make a good save from a Palacios shot from just outside the area.

In the 86th minute Davenport had the chance to secure the points from a corner. However his header from 5 yards just missed right. In the 92nd minute, with seconds remaining and after some more sustained pressure from Wigan Zaki had a golden opportunity to square the match. The ball came to him five yards out but he managed to fire over.

So it was a far from convincing win for West Ham. They should be a little worried at the way Wigan looked the better side for much of this match but thanks to Ashton they did enough to get the points. On the positive side Behrami and Faubert showed glimpses of what looks to be a very good pairing down the right and Ashton is looking deadly.

West Ham also look dangerous from corners for the first time in a long while.


At 2:00 AM, Anonymous FOOTBALLS said...

Hi Keir, lurking on blog for a while now. What an auspicious debut for the season.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there's too much need to worry about the performance from the first game of the season. Generally we defended well, Ashton and Cole looked sharp, we created a few openings and played some good football. Also I was impressed with Faubert's delivery.

And, most importantly of all, we got three points. It takes time to start performing convincingly and solidly week in week out, so let's see in a few weeks.


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