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West Ham v Wigan – Preview

West Ham go into the game one point ahead of Wigan and full of confidence after the weekend’s win at home to Man City. Mark Noble returns from suspension for the away team whilst new signing Savio is in contention to start after an impressive display against Man City although he has to compete with David Di Michele for the starting place alongside Carlton Cole. Wigan go into the game having not won in the past seven games and the weekend loss to Chelsea won’t have helped their cause. West Ham have lost midfielder Valon Behrami to injury whilst Jason Koumas returns to the squad after shrugging of a thigh injury.

Table Positioning:

One point separates these two teams with West Ham in 7th after the win against Man City whilst Wigan are in 8th. A win for West Ham would solidify their 7th place position whilst a win for Wigan would enable them to leapfrog the Hammers and move up into the prestigious 7th spot as it looks like it will be a UEFA Cup spot and so there is a lot riding on this game.


                                                                           Robert Green

Lucas Neill                             James Tomkins                            Matthew Upson                            Herita Ilunga

Jack Collison                        Radoslav Kovac                                  Scott Parker                            Mark Noble

                                                Carlton Cole                               Savio Nsereko


A tough game for the Hammers but I think they will come out on top with little worries. I am predicting a 3-1 win for the Hammers with the goals being scored by Cole x2 and Savio (if he plays.)

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  1. Giovani Dos Never Gets PLayed

    6 March, 2009 at 16:34

    Was the ref that bad? Papers and pundits alike seem to be slating him.

  2. mightyhammer

    6 March, 2009 at 18:49

    yeah he was pretty rubbish. he cudnt control the game at all and just gave out yellow cards for nothing challenges and then didnt give them out when he shud of. Carlton Cole shudnt have got sent off and lucas neill probably shud hav been sent off for his challenge but his saving grace was that it wasn’t malicious.
    The ref ruined the game. we cud hav scored a few more with Cole on the pitch!!!

    He just seemed to crumble under the pressure. He shud hav stamped his authority by yellow carding the challenges that he shud hav rather than yellow carding nothing challenges.

  3. I*T*P*L

    7 March, 2009 at 17:20

    I agree with the above comments, I’ve watched a few games which Atwell has refereed and on every occasion been struck by his incompetence. Obviously his most renowned error was the ”phantom goal” at Watford, but I watched the Notts Forest v Derby game, a big derby, earlier this season and he was awful in that. He also refereed us away at Preston last season and was very poor in a 2-0 loss; at the time it felt like our promotion chance was slipping away. I’m all for the promotion of young referees, just not this one!

    Also, can I apologise on behalf of our Manchester City colleagues, who I believe may be a little bitter after the result of your game. I personally enjoy your writing and I would urge you not to let them bother you and keep doing it.

  4. mightyhammer

    8 March, 2009 at 16:26

    I agree with you. I think the promotion of young referees is a great thing but when a bad mistake is made there should be some sort of retraining or the ref in question should have to referee a lower league match for maybe a month untill he is ready! what do you think?? Have a look at my post about “SIN BINNING.” You might find it quite interesting.

    Don’t worry about them I just try to write in a humorous way and tell people about my view so I understand when people say that it is rubbish compared to another review but hey… Thanks, it is nice to know that someone genuinely does enjoy my writing.


    8 March, 2009 at 16:55

    ‘Also, can I apologise on behalf of our Manchester City colleagues, who I believe may be a little bitter after the result of your game. I personally enjoy your writing and I would urge you not to let them bother you and keep doing it.’

    We already said sorry!

  6. I*T*P*L

    8 March, 2009 at 19:22

    Well I wouldn’t want to inflict refs like Atwell on the lower leagues really. How he’s got to be as elevated as he has is beyond me. Personally, I’m dead against sin binning, in my opinion it would detract considerably from the spectacle of the game as having uneven numers on the pitch usually does (think Cole v Wigan), even if it was for a short time only. One viable way of enforcing discipline may be to lessen the number of yellow cards necessary for a suspension, say three instead of five.

  7. mightyhammer

    8 March, 2009 at 20:25

    I have never thought of that. That is such a good idea!!! They should really think about doing that, i agree!!!

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