West Ham 2 Wigan 1

August 17, 2008 | Filed Under: UK Box, UK Box Update 

In a game where Wigan created lots of chances, it was the home side who were out of the blocks quickest. Dean Ashton – who scored 11 Premier League goals last season – got the new campaign up and running after just three minutes. The England striker chested the ball down well before firing a powerful shot past Chris Kirkland in the Wigan goal.

It got even better for them just seven minutes later when Ashton doubled their lead. Julien Faubert’s inswinging corner beat a host of Wigan defenders to find Ashton, who bundled the ball home.

However despite their defensive frailties, Wigan were looking promising going forward. New signing Amr Zaki was looking lively and he had a couple of chances to get his side back in the game. Most notable was when Emile Heskey knocked the ball down and Zaki watched on as his attempt was cleared off the line by Carlton Cole.

Going into the second half, it was vital that Wigan got themselves an early goal and they did just that two minutes after the re-start. Heskey and Zaki combining well again, before the latter fired the ball into the roof of the net with a stunning left-foot volley.

After Zaki’s goal, Wigan were the better side throughout the second half. They were creating chance after chance with Zaki causing the West Ham defence no end of problems. The Egyptian striker was guilty of missing some good opportunities.

But the Hammers held on to claim a much-needed winning start for Alan Curbishley, against a Wigan side who will be feeling that they deserved at least a draw.

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