EPL: Wigan Cruise to 2-1 Home Victory over West Ham

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Arouna Kone (R) of Wigan in action with George McCartney of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United at the DW Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Wigan recorded their first win since August 25th with a 2-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday at the DW Stadium.

The Latics went ahead early in the first half as Ivan Ramis scored in the eighth minute off of a corner kick. Ramis volleyed home a Jean Beausejour corner kick from the edge of the penalty area to put the home side ahead.

Wigan opened the second half with a goal as James McArthur scored in the 47th minute to give the Latics a two-goal lead, which lasted for most of the match.

West Ham did peg a goal back in the waning minutes of the match, as James Tomkins headed in a goal in the 93rd minute.

Throughout the match, Wigan were the dominant force, as they had seven shots on target compared to the four that the Hammers took on target.

Also, Wigan held control of possession for most of the match but ended with only 54 percent of possession due to a late surge by the visitors.

Roberto Martinez and company moved further away from their relegation rivals with the win, as they moved up to 15th place in the EPL table with eight points.

The Latics will also be able to carry the momentum from their win on Saturday into the Capital One Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, when they play host to League Two side Bradford.

As for the Hammers, instead of cracking the top four for a day with a win, they fell to ninth place in the table after both Fulham and Arsenal came away with wins on Saturday and leapfrogged them.

Sam Allardyce and company will not play in the Capital One Cup after losing to Wigan in the third round of the competition.

West Ham's next match will be played on Saturday when they host Manchester City at Upton Park.