Friday, September 18

Pointless on the road to Wigan

Wigan 1 West Ham 0

On the TV evidence it looks as if we were a little unlucky at Wigan. The team selection is a little strange. Never sure about Kovac, and playing Gabbidon at left back, welcome as his return is, seems strange when Spector has done a relatively decent job there. Zavon Hines is in up front, and you have to say he deserves his chance for his midweek hat-trick for the reserves and that goal against Millwall. TC rates him too and he short know a short-arsed goal poacher when he sees one.

Rodallega has a deflected shot tipped over by Green in the first half, but Hines also looks to have a good case for a penalty. Bizarrely, the ref blows for half-time seconds before Carlton puts the ball in the net.

Wigan take the lead after Charles Insomnia's shot is parried by Green, only for Rodalegga to net. Poor marking on the right flank. We rally though. Parker has a shot tipped over and Tomkins fails to connect with a free header.

The man from Diamante comes and makes an instant impact, going close with a free kick and then brilliantly turning and chipping a shot against Wigan’s post. Exactly the sort of flair we’ve been missing. It’s also really great to see Behrami come on as a sub.

We’ve lost, but at least against Liverpool we should have Collison back, Illunga and Behrami available and Diamante on from the start.

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