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Wigan 0 West Ham Utd 3

Filed: Saturday, 28th April 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

West Ham United smashed Wigan 3-0 to record their biggest league win of the season in this afternoon's relegation battle at the JJB Stadium.

Goals from Luis Boa Morte, Yossi Benayoun and Marlon Harewood gave Alan Curbishley's side a huge three points in their battle against relegation.

The result - which was a fully deserved one - moves the Hammers level on points with Wigan (35), and two above Charlton (33) who were hammered 4-1 at Blackburn - despite the best efforts of 'Operation Ewood'.

Despite starting the match nervously Alan Curbishley's side soon took hold of the game and a half-time lead - courtesy of Luis Boa Morte's first goal for the club - was no less than they deserved as they controlled the first-half for long periods.

And with a little more luck that half-time lead could have been even greater; both Carlos Tevez - predictably booed on every touch by the home supporters - and Bobby Zamora went close to doubling that early lead.

Boa Morte's goal came as the result of a huge clanger by Latics keeper John Filan, who rushed out of his area unnecessarily before colliding with a defender. The Portuguese winger's deft touch milliseconds before the collision was enough to loop the ball over the hapless Filan and into an empty net.

Wigan - who suffered further misery after losing their influential captain Arjen De Zeeuw to injury during the opening 45 - came out of the blocks the stronger in the second half, but an incisive breakaway by United was to double the lead.

Carlos Tevez emerged from a Wigan corner with the ball before releasing George McCartney wide on the left. The Irish defender sprinted 60 yards before passing inside to Bobby Zamora, who found Yossi Benayoun in acres of space.

The little Israeli took time to compose himself before placing the ball perfectly inside Filan's far post to notch his first for some considerable time.

The final goal was almost a mirror image of the second; once again Carlos Tevez emerged from a Wigan attack with the ball before finding Bobby Zamora on the right wing. Zamora flicked the ball inside to Boa Morte whose pass outside gave sub Harewood the simplest of chances to make it 3-0.

By the end of the game there were barely any home supporters left in the stadium - not that it made much difference, as the huge travelling Hammers contingent of around 8,000 had made the match feel like a home game anyway.

So once again the Hammers are firmly back in the fight to avoid relegation - and the six goals made up on Wigan could yet prove decisive, even though United's -27 is still five worse than Wigan's who remain out of the bottom three by virtue of that goal difference.

Current standings

15. Sheff Utd Pld 36 Pts 38 GD -19
16. Fulham 35 36 -19
17. Wigan 36 35 -22
18. WEST HAM UNITED 36 35 -27
19. Charlton 36 33 -24
20. Watford 36 24 -32

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by murph
05:58PM 28th Apr 2007
''Great match boys! We are one win away from staying up now. COME ON YOU IRONS!''

by Stelios Jackson
05:50PM 28th Apr 2007
''Great result, the only thing I found strange was bringing on Jonathan Spector when the game was pretty much won. Surely Carlton Cole should have come on for Tevez? If we'd just scored one more then the differential in respective goal difference would have been down to three, and that may well matter, come Diva Day!

That aside, I am an extremely happy Hammer for the second Saturday in a row, and for the fifth time in seven days.

I feel a good week coming on, before the stomach-knots start again next weekend...''

by Mark
04:44PM 28th Apr 2007
''Come on you Irons, up yours Premier League and FA - we will survive with no help from you :o)''

by dan
04:15PM 28th Apr 2007
''i just find it funny that the Wigan Chairman had to watch Tevez run rings round them after he demanded that we should have been docked points ...''

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