Hot-rod! Hugo downs the Hammers as Latics win at home for the first time in 2009-10 in our third instalment of classic clashes with West Ham.
- In our third edition of 'five in focus' Latics clinch a 1-0 win against the Hammers in 2009.
- Hugo Rodallega's clinical finish downs West Ham at the DW Stadium.
- Jason Koumas' initial effort denied by Rob Green, but Colombian international Rodallega remained sharp.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
WEST HAM UNITED 0
Latics picked up their first home win of the 2009-10 season in a typically attractive match up between Roberto Martinez and Gianfranco Zola, two managers who instilled passing football on their teams.
Hugo Rodallega was the hero for Latics on the day, using his goal scoring instinct to tap home the rebound from Jason Koumas' initial attempt, parried away by Rob Green in the West Ham goal.
The build-up throughout was impressive, but neither Green nor Chris Kirkland were particularly troubled, as the Hammers slumped to a third straight defeat on what turned out to be a nine match run without a win.
Latics were glad of the three points after consecutive defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United and Everton in the lead up to West Ham.
Latics: Kirkland, Boyce, Bramble, Melchiot, Figueroa, Thomas, Koumas (Scharner 66), N'Zogbia, Gomez (Sinclair 89), Diame, Rodallega (Scotland 73)
Unused subs: Pollitt, Edman, Cho, King
West Ham: Green, Gabbidon, Kovac (Behrami 63), Upson, Tomkins, Parker, Noble (Nouble 86), Faubert, Stanislas (Diamanti 63), Cole, Hines
Unused subs: Kurucz, Da Costa, Jimenez, Collison
POST-MATCH - WHAT THE BOSSES SAID
"The way the players adapted to what was needed was exceptional, we had to stop West Ham playing their football which was a big test, so a clean sheet and three points is what we deserved.
"We're still growing, in a phase when were need to look behind the results and make sure we grow together. You can see the winning mentality in the dressing room - we want to be as good as we can and that will take time.
"Overall it was a very complete performance, it's another step forward."
"In the first half I thought we controlled the game well and we looked better than them.
"The goal was sloppy, we didn't start the second half in the same frame of mind that we did the first - that's something we need to work on.
"Alessandro Diamanti is a player who has got a lot of quality, now he needs to get use to the pace of the Premier League - I'm sure he will have a big impact on the game."