Thursday 14 December 2017

Wigan stop rot

WIGAN 2
WEST HAM 1

Eleanor Crooks

Roberto Martinez hailed victory over West Ham as the start of Wigan's season as they claimed a first home win of the campaign to end a poor run.

The Latics had gone six games without a league victory, losing four times, but goals from Ivan Ramis and James McArthur early in each half proved enough.

West Ham went into the match on the fringe of the top four but were poor all afternoon and James Tomkins' injury-time header was a mere consolation.

"Before the game we knew it was a must-win game, and that's always difficult to cope with. It brings extra expectations and all of a sudden you start wanting to win and you don't really know how to win," said Martinez.

"I thought today was the complete opposite. I thought the performance was very mature, we kept the ball really well at times, we were a real threat and probably the most pleasing aspect was the manner we coped with their attacking threat."

Sam Allardyce was highly critical of West Ham's performance, saying: "From start to finish we never got going. I'm surprised because our last away performance against QPR was outstanding and it was that performance I was asking for."

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