West Ham 2-0 Wigan
West Ham's clinical victory over Wigan appeared to end any lingering worries they had about relegation but caused further anxiety for the Latics.
The irrepressible Shaun Maloney had an effort stopped by Jussi Jaaskelainen before Matt Jarvis was fortunate to find the bottom corner from his cross.
Wigan had a host of chances after the break with James McArthur closest.
Kevin Nolan's late volley then came against the run of play, keeping Wigan in the Premier League's bottom three.
Andy Carroll fired wide with a late effort after latching onto a long ball from the back, for what would have been a truly unrepresentative scoreline.
But Wigan will feel frustrated by their inability to make their second-half dominance count, wasting a chance to close in on relegation rivals Aston Villa who play Manchester United on Monday.
Villa sit three points above Wigan, but with Stoke and Sunderland both winning, it was a poor day for Latics boss Roberto Martinez who last weekend watched his side secure a place in the FA Cup final.
Thoughts about that occasion must now be put to one side as the Spaniard aims to secure his team's Premier League safety, starting with the visit of Tottenham next Saturday.
His position is far different from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, whose team are now five league games unbeaten and sit 11 points above the relegation zone with four games left.
In what turned out to be a reflection of the game, Wigan enjoyed a dominant spell of possession in the first 20 minutes.
Maloney began brightly and had the the visitors' best chance to open the scoring when he was slipped through the middle by Callum McManaman, but Jaaskelainen was quick to come off his line and save the Scot's effort.
West Ham appeared content to remain compact rather than chase the ball and before the goal they were limited in their attacking forays.
In contrast to Wigan's short-sharp passing, Carroll was eager to profit from any set-pieces and he went into the book early on for what looked like a petty reaction to Gary Caldwell's attentions.
That was soon forgotten, though, when the Hammers took the lead as Jarvis advanced down the left, cut back, and his cross carried all the way into the bottom corner as Mohamed Diame attempted to poke it in against his former club.
The goal gave the hosts an instant boost and Carroll increased his influence while Nolan had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Neil Swarbrick.
Wigan recovered after the break when Martinez's decision to replace McManaman with McArthur allowed Jordi Gomez to play further forward and the Spanish midfielder tested Jaaskelainen.
Efforts from Emmerson Boyce, McArthur and Jean Beausejour were all then saved by West Ham's Finnish goalkeeper, with another to deny McArthur following Maloney's cut-back the best of the bunch.
Maloney was a menace in the second half and Allardyce's team struggled to get out of their own half, much to the home supporters' frustration.
But they were soon singing their famous 'I'm forever blowing bubbles' song when from a long-free-kick, Carroll chested the ball down, hooked it over his head and Nolan stole in to volley his 100th career goal.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "While it wasn't the best performance, the bottom line is, if you score your goals and take your chances, you win football matches.
"Their possession was better than ours but the chances they had they either missed or Jussi Jaaskelainen saved them. We knew Wigan would push forward which left them defensively weakened and we exposed them."
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 02 Reid
- 17 O'Brien
- 19 Collins Booked
- 20 Demel
- 04 Nolan
- 07 Jarvis
- 21 Diame (Collison - 75' )
- 32 O'Neil (Noble - 52' )
- 08 Carroll Booked
- 12 Vaz Te (J Cole - 61' Booked )
- 13 Henderson
- 18 Pogatetz
- 10 Collison
- 14 Taylor
- 16 Noble
- 26 J Cole
- 09 C Cole
- 01 Robles
- 03 Alcaraz (Beausejour - 15' )
- 05 Caldwell Booked
- 17 Boyce
- 31 Figueroa
- 04 McCarthy
- 10 Maloney
- 14 Gomez (Di Santo - 86' )
- 33 Scharner
- 02 Kone
- 15 McManaman (McArthur - 46' )
- 26 Al Habsi
- 23 Stam
- 16 McArthur
- 18 Espinoza
- 22 Beausejour
- 09 Di Santo
- 11 Henriquez
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +2:44
Jean Beausejour is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.90:00 +2:13
Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.90:00 +2:13 Booking
Booking James Collins is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +2:06
Foul by James Collins on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded.90:00 +0:39
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Carroll. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +0:12
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guy Demel by Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.88:34
Jean Beausejour fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.87:54
Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. James Collins takes the direct free kick.85:28 Substitution
Substitution Franco Di Santo is brought on as a substitute for Jordi Gomez.85:17
Andy Carroll produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.83:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Maloney on Winston Reid. James Collins takes the direct free kick.83:26
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Paul Scharner. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.81:22
The offside flag is raised against Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by Joel Robles.79:35
Assist by Andy Carroll.79:35 Goal scored
Goal! - Kevin Nolan - West Ham 2 - 0 Wigan Kevin Nolan finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Wigan.79:03
The referee penalises Shaun Maloney for handball. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.77:47
Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, James Collins makes a clearance.77:24
Short corner taken by James McArthur.75:31
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Effort on goal by Gary Caldwell from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line played to the near post, Andy Carroll makes a clearance.74:00 Substitution
Substitution Jack Collison replaces Mohamed Diame.74:00 Booking
Booking The referee shows Joe Cole a yellow card.73:27
Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.72:05
Corner taken by Shaun Maloney, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.71:29
James McArthur takes a shot. Brilliant save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.70:39
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, save by Joel Robles.70:20
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.69:22
Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.68:23
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.67:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by James McArthur. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.66:33
James McArthur takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.66:19
James McCarthy takes a shot.64:19
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Nolan. Joel Robles takes the indirect free kick.62:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Matthew Jarvis. Kevin Nolan takes the direct free kick.61:42
Emmerson Boyce takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.60:41 Substitution
Substitution Joe Cole replaces Ricardo Vaz Te.60:12
James McCarthy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.58:25
Corner taken by Jordi Gomez, clearance made by Joey O'Brien.57:31
Foul by Guy Demel on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Shaun Maloney from left wing, James Collins makes a clearance.56:35
Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal. Joel Robles makes a comfortable save.55:44
Effort from outside the penalty area by Maynor Figueroa goes wide left of the goal.54:30
Handball decision goes against Arouna Kone. Free kick taken by James Collins.53:25
Unfair challenge on Emmerson Boyce by Matthew Jarvis results in a free kick. Paul Scharner takes the free kick.51:56
Shot from just outside the box by Andy Carroll misses to the right of the goal.51:02 Substitution
Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Mark Noble coming on for Gary O'Neil.50:10
James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by James Collins.48:54
Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.46:47
Arouna Kone produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.46:11
Andy Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.45:42
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:01 Substitution
Substitution James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for Callum McManaman.45:00 +1:24 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +0:50
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Joel Robles.44:58
Direct free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.44:58 Booking
Booking The referee books Gary Caldwell for unsporting behaviour.44:48
Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Carroll.43:31
Ricardo Vaz Te has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.41:21
Foul by Mohamed Diame on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.38:58
Header by Ricardo Vaz Te from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.38:26
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary O'Neil.38:07
Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Jean Beausejour gets a block in.37:42
James Collins takes a shot. Jordi Gomez gets a block in.37:21
Ricardo Vaz Te fouled by Shaun Maloney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.35:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Jordi Gomez. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.34:07
Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Save by Joel Robles.33:41
Guy Demel takes a shot. Blocked by Jordi Gomez.32:48
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by James McCarthy. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.32:15
Paul Scharner takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.29:32
Shot from just outside the area by Andy Carroll goes over the bar.28:54
Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save made by Joel Robles.28:28
James McCarthy takes a shot. Blocked by Winston Reid.23:40
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jean Beausejour. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.20:45
Joey O'Brien provided the assist for the goal.20:45 Goal scored
Goal! - Matthew Jarvis - West Ham 1 - 0 Wigan Goal scored by Matthew Jarvis from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Wigan.20:45
Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball,19:02
Effort on goal by Arouna Kone from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.18:15 Booking
Booking Andy Carroll booked.17:54
Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.16:25
Foul by Mohamed Diame on Arouna Kone, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Shaun Maloney.14:55
Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.14:55 Substitution
Substitution Jean Beausejour replaces Antolin Alcaraz.14:55
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick.14:31
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Joel Robles.13:42
Jordi Gomez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil. Gary O'Neil takes the direct free kick.12:29
Andy Carroll fouled by Antolin Alcaraz, the ref awards a free kick. Gary O'Neil produces a cross, Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Joel Robles.9:37
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.8:09
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil, Kevin Nolan has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.3:00
Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.0:44
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Carroll. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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