West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic – League Cup 3rd Round

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Well this will have to be quick, we are branching the TNS Offices out to a 2nd Office in London.  So I’ve been the one to spearhead our expansion in to the Big Smoke, or London to you & me.

Anyway, Wigan’s next match, a 7:45pm kick off on Tuesday the 25th September at Upton Park, West Ham.

Premier League matches aside, previous League Cup games include Wigan beating Nottingham Forest 4-1 @ the City Ground.  West Ham had a home tie against Crewe and ran out 2-0 winners against a gritty League One side.

You’ll remember the last time Wigan played West Ham in May 2011, for one thing, and one thing only, 94 minutes N’ZOGBIA 3-2.  The game of course relegated West Ham to the Championship, it kept Wigan Premier League survival alive, and I always remember the game for a well taken goal by ‘The Fish’ Conor Sammon.

Head to Head we’ve well documented League matches, with the count at Wigan 6 wins, 2 draws and West ham with 8 victories.  In the Cup we’ve met twice, though this will be the first time in the League Cup & the first time we’ve played West ham in 8 Years in a Cup Tie.

The previous 2 matches were both FA Cup 3rd Round ties, both wins for West Ham.  A 1-0 @ Upton Park in January 1984 with Ray Stewart getting the goal.  Then almost 20 years to the day, a January 2004, 2-1 defeat @ the JJB, with Hayden Mullins, David Connolly & Wayne Quinn getting an own goal for Wigan.

Referee & Assistants for the game is a complete mystery, I’ve even checked with my sources at the BBC and they don’t have the foggiest too.  Just hope the ref who’s going to be blowing the whistle to start the match in less then 24 hours knows he’s on the hook for a match Tuesday night?

West Ham still have Andy Carroll (hamstring) & Jack Collison (knee) on the treatment table, though they may not have figured if fit as they may play some youngsters.  Which is what Wigan are more likely to do, they only have Alcaraz (Groin) on the table, but again he probably wouldn’t figure!   As Bob may take the opportunity to maybe let the likes of Ryo Miyaichi and Callum McManaman start?

Expectations after the weekend defeat to Fulham, would be anything positive!  A little more clinical in front of goal ala Southampton earlier this season.  But I do fear the tippy tappy farting around in front of goal we saw many times last season, has come back to kick us in the shin.

Come on Wigan.

Andy

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