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Latics held by West Ham

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Wigan Athletic

Upton Park

25/08/2007 3pm

Attendance: 33,793


Wigan Athletic were denied the chance to go second in the Premier league with Lee Bowyers equaliser following Paul Scharners opener for the Latics

West Ham went into the game having never beaten the Latics in the Premiership at Upton Park and that fact still remains after this game.

The Hammers started with Zamora up front and a still not fully fit Ashton on the bench, the Latics remained unchanged for the third game on the trot

Latics first real chance of the game came on 25 minutes when Sibierski set up Scharner with a glorious cross from the left

Scharner storming in from midfield should have done better than put his header narrowly wide of West Ham keeper Robert Greens post

Referee Andre Mariner turned down a penalty appeal from West Ham on 30 mins after Noble went down under a challenge from Granqvist and Bellamy had a goal disallowed for offside, replays showed both decisions to be correct

Sibierski had to leave the field on 35 minutes with a tight hamstring, to be replaced by Julius Aghahowa

Jason Koumas almost put the Latics in front on 42 minutes when following a good run by Landzaat the ball fell to Koumas who cut in field from the left and hit a right footed shot that had Green beaten but hit the post

Five minutes after the restart Julius Aghahowa was through one on one with Green but in trying to chip the West Ham keeper he knocked the ball over the bar.

Scharner had a chance on 55 minutes but once again failed to hit the target

Dean Ashton replaced Bobby Zamora on 65 minutes for the Hammers and got a fantastic reception from the home fans, it`s good to see the former Crewe man back playing again after his long lay off

A superb save from Green on 67 minutes denied Aghahowa his first goal for the Latics, following a Koumas free kick

76 minutes Michael Brown replaced Antonio Valencia in the Latics midfield and there was celebrations shortly afterwards as the Latics took the lead

Mario Melchiot took a long throw from the right and Heskey challenged for the ball in the air, it appeared that a West Ham head knocked the ball towards Paul Scharner who struck spectacularly with a bicycle-kick to score his first goal of the season on his 50th appearance in a Latics shirt.

Two minutes later West Ham were level when Lee Bowyer fired home from the right following a good run into Latics box by Dyer

A fair result if a little disappointing to go in front late on and not hang on for all the points

Star Player

Andreas Granqvist, this lad just gets better and better and the question that needs to be asked, where was he last season Mr Jewell?

Player Ratings

Chris Kirkland 7

Usual solid performance by Englands best keeper

Mario Melchiot 7

The skipper led the team well and he took the throw that led to the goal

Titus Bramble 8

This guy is awesome and the more he plays with Granqvist the better their partnership gets

Andreas Granqvist 9

A rock at the back for the Latics, cultured defending again from the giant Swede

Kevin Kilbane 7

Another solid peformance from Mr Kilbane

Antonio Valencia 7

Some good runs from Antonio replaced by Michael Brown mid way through the second half

Denny Landzaat 7

Yet again another good performance

Paul Scharner 7

50th league appearance and scored spectacular goal

Jason Koumas 7

Hit post and caused problems for West Ham all afternoon

Antoine Sibierski 6

Injured early in game never got chance to equal Graeme Jones' record of 4 goals in 4 games

Emile Heskey 7

Usual big performance from the big man

Julius Aghahowa 6

Loads of running should have scored though

Michael Brown 6

Only on for 15 minutes but managed to get booked!

Next game

Latics v Hull City (Carling Cup Rd 2)

Tuesday 28/08/2007 7-45pm

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday August 25 2007
Time: 10:13PM


We'll take the point, a good start lads
25/08/2007 22:18:00
Any point away is well-earned
26/08/2007 00:02:00
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