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PREMIER LEAGUE: Wigan move clear of drop zone with home win over West Ham

Wigan Athletic have pushed clear of the bottom three thanks to a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the DW Stadium.

Goals either side of half-time from Ivan Ramis and James McArthur did the damage for the Latics as the Hammers grabbed a consolation goal through James Tomkins in injury-time.

The scoring was commenced in fine style when Spanish defender Ramis produced a stunning left-footed volley from Jean Beausejour's corner which rocketed past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the roof of the net inside eight minutes.

Wigan's lead was doubled two minutes after the break when McArthur fired home Shaun Maloney's neat pass after the Scottish winger pounced on Jaaskelainen's poor clearance.

Wigan looked the more likely of the two sides to add to the goal tally but West Ham nicked one back late in the piece when Tomkins headed home George McCartney's cross but the damage had been done.

It was Wigan's first win in six Premier League outings as they moved to 15th place on the table with West Ham dropping to ninth.

Wigan Athletic: 2 (Ivan Ramis 8', James McArthur 47') West Ham United: 1 (James Tomkins 90+3')

DW Stadium, Wigan - 19,090

Yellow cards:WIG - Ivan Ramis 18', Franco Di Santo 39' WHU - Mark Noble 55', Modibo Maiga 61', Gary O'Neil 90+1', Winston Reid 90+5'

Andrew Slevison
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