Latics sent West Ham United crashing out of the League Cup in our second focus on clashes with the Hammers ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie.
- Mauro Boselli turned on the style to net twice in 4-1 League Cup win at Upton Park.
- Ivan Ramis and Jordi Gomez helped Latics to four at high-flying West Ham United.
- Latics progressed into the fourth round of the League Cup in style in September 2012.
WEST HAM UNITED 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Boselli 14', 41'
Gomez (pen) 84'
Latics steamrolled their way through a second consecutive 4-1 away victory in the League Cup in the club's last knockout competition meeting with West Ham United.
Having already dumped Nottingham Forest out of the cup earlier in the season, a brace from Mauro Boselli, a first goal for the club from Ivan Ramis and a late penalty scored by Jordi Gomez rocked Upton Park, with the high-flying Hammers left awe-struck.
Latics had only won two of their opening six games in the Premier League and cup ahead of their trip to the capital, and early on it looked like they'd miss out again, when Modibo Maiga put the hosts ahead early on.
Argentinian striker Boselli and summer recruit Ramis soon had Latics two goals in front before the break however, with Ronnie Stam laying on the perfect cross for Boselli to equalise, before Ramis smashed home for 2-1 from outside of the area. Boselli's second soon followed, quite simply the goal of the night with a cute chip over the on-rushing Stephen Henderson.
Ali Al Habsi was in top form to deny the Hammers on a number of occasions, but when it came down to it Latics were clinical on the night, adding a fourth from the penalty spot when James McArthur was bundled over by West Ham stopper Henderson, allowing Gomez to slide the ball home from 12 yards.
West Ham: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Spence, Potts, Jarvis, Noble (M.Taylor 72), O'Neil (Tombides 84), Hall, Maiga, Vaz Te (Fanimo 62)
Unused subs: Spiegel, Collins, Driver, McCallum
Latics: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Ramis, Stam, Lopez, Figueroa, Jones, McManaman (Gomez 74), McArthur (Fyvie 85), Miyaichi, Boselli (Orsula 89)
Unused subs: Pollitt, Boyce, Watson, Kone
POST-MATCH - WHAT THE BOSSES SAID
"We couldn't defend a fish supper tonight. There were howling errors from our defenders in all four goals, it was comical.
"I never expected us to defend so poorly. It was really poor defending and all the good work we might have done with the ball meant nothing in the end because out of possession we were just rubbish.
"It was an embarrassing defeat. They can't come knocking on my door about not playing now. They've got to take responsibility for their performance. They should have given me a lot more value for my money than they did."
"We're happy with how it went given there were changes. It was a real test of character, especially from the young lads.
"To score four goals away is a real achievement, especially at West Ham with the way they have started the season.
"He [Mauro Boselli] showed mental strength and how focused he is to be a success this season and to enjoy his football. If he is at his best he will be a real asset for us."