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17:04 27th November 2010


Hammers hit the nail against Latics in disappointing afternoon

Behrami 34
Obinna 57
Parker 76

Cleverley 85
Boselli missed penalty 64

Report by Paul Chialton

A bad afternoon for Latics in the capital not able to find their usual rhythm or influence the game in the way they had hoped.

Good possession in the opposition half couldn't quite be converted into chances and for large parts Robert Green wasn't tested enough.

West Ham however did take advantage of what few chances came their way, Valon Behrami and Victor Obinna putting the Hammers into a two-goal lead either side of half-time.

Mauro Boselli came off the bench and was handed a golden opportunity to get his side back in the game when Tom Cleverley was fouled inside the area and a penalty was awarded.

But the Argentina couldn't convert, his effort saved comfortably by Robert Green and what could have been a real turning point in the afternoon had passed.

Ten minutes later West Ham made Latics suffer further, Scott Parker finishing from five yards to make it 3-0 and secure all three points.

There was still time for a consolation however, the excellent Cleverley sweeping home into the top corner from the edge of the area. It was the midfielder's first goal for Latics and the least he deserved after a tireless performance.

There was further frustration in the dying minutes when Steve Gohouri's goal was disallowed for offside, the replays showing Radoslav Kovac playing the defender on.

But it wasn't to be and Latics now must pick themselves up for a demanding week ahead, taking on Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and Stoke City next weekend.

Al Habsi; Stam, Gohouri, S. Caldwell, Figueroa; Thomas (Watson, 68), Diame; N'Zogbia, Gomez (Moses, 61), Cleverley; Di Santo (Boselli, 61)
Subs: Pollitt, McArthur, McManaman, Mustoe

West Ham: Green; Barrera, Upson, Gabbidon, Tomkins; Behrami, Parker (Kovac, 83), Jacobsen (Reid, 50), Obinna; Stanislas, Piquionne (Cole, 77)
Subs: Boffin, Boa Morte, McCarthy, Hines

Referee: Mark Halsey

    Data provided by Press Association