Premier League: Wigan 2 West Ham 1
Wigan posted their second Premier League win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over West Ham at DW Stadium.
Ivan Ramis gave Wigan the lead with a fine volley after eight minutes, and James McArthur made it 2-0 two minutes into the second half.
A stoppage-time header from James Tomkins was no more than a consolation for Sam Allardyce's men.
The victory was just reward for a strong display from Roberto Martinez's side, whose slick movement and passing was too much for the visitors, with Jean Beausejour, Shaun Maloney and Arouna Kone tormenting the West Ham defence throughout.
Both sides started brightly, with the Hammers looking to hassle the Wigan defence as early as the first minute. Andy Carroll headed an early chance over, and slammed a free kick into the wall minutes later.
It was Wigan who struck first, and in spectacular fashion.
Beausejour won a corner in the eighth minute, and swung the ball into an unmarked Ramis, who blasted in a left-footed volley from 18 yards out. West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was furious with his defenders after the goal.
Ramis then earned a booking by taking out Mohamed Diame in the 18th minute, and Wigan were lucky Mark Noble wasted the free kick from 25 yards out.
Maloney struck a swerving effort from 30 yards that Jaaskelainen did well to parry away from danger after 20 minutes, with the West Ham defence slow to acknowledge the danger again.
West Ham created few chances after a frenetic opening, but James Collins almost turned in an effort on 36 minutes following a Noble free kick, yet the ball dribbled into Ali Al-Habsi's hands.
During a frantic five-minute period Kone and Franco Di Santo wasted three opportunities between them, and Carroll almost found an equaliser in injury time after heading wide from Noble's delivery.
James McArthur gave the home side a two-goal advantage two minutes after the restart. Jaaskelainen shanked a clearance to concede possession, and the ball was worked in from the left before McArthur slammed home a half volley as the Hammers again failed to pick up their men.
Wigan nullified Carroll's threat by picking up the midfield runners behind him, leaving the forward isolated. Carroll had a golden opportunity on the hour mark, however, but could not control a fine cross, with the ball running away harmlessly.
Tomkins hit the bar late on for the visitors with a deflected volley and scored a fine header in the 92nd minute, but it was too little, too late for West Ham.
The win leaves Wigan with eight points from nine games, four clear of the relegation zone, while West Ham slip to ninth place.