- In our fourth edition of 'five in focus', Kevin Kilbane's header sinks West Ham United.
- Republic of Ireland international nets winners during tough afternoon at the DW Stadium.
- Lucky number for Latics as Steve Bruce's side pick up seventh victory of 2007-08.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
WEST HAM UNITED 0
Kevin Kilbane's looping header picked up three crucial points for Steve Bruce's Latics as they battled against relegation during the 2007-08 campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international's goal was timely on the stroke of half time and also in Latics' run of games, seeing Kilbane and his team mates bounce back from consecutive defeats to Everton and Middlesbrough.
Ryan Taylor claimed the assist with his perfect free kick delivery, allowing Kilbane to simply guide the ball beyond the helpless Rob Green.
It was by no means a classic at the DW Stadium on a tough playing surface, but Emile Heskey proved a handful up front, Wilson Palacios dominated the midfield and Antonio Valencia brought creative spark and cutting edge, smashing an effort off the inside of both posts but somehow not doubling Latics' lead.
Chris Kirkland held firm between the sticks, denying Freddie Ljungberg to claim his sixth clean sheet of the season.
Latics: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Scharner, Kilbane, Valencia, Palacios, Brown, Taylor (Koumas 84), Heskey (Bent 57), King (Sibierski 90).
Unused subs: Pollitt, Bramble.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson, McCartney, Ljungberg, Noble (Bowyer 73), Mullins, Etherington (Solano 48), Cole (Bellamy 68), Ashton.
Unused subs: Wright, Spector.
POST-MATCH - WHAT THE BOSSES SAID
"The lads rolled up their sleeves and put in a good performance.
"There is nothing we can do about the state of our pitch but we played to the conditions and I give credit to both sets of players.
"It was a good time to play West Ham with them having had a big win against Liverpool in midweek, it was always going to be difficult for them."
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley:
"I was disappointed with the manner of the goal that we conceded because it was from a set-piece."