Latics brought Hull down to earth by showing what a decent team can do. Although we didn’t play as well as in the first two games, Latics had far, far, far too much for Hull to deal with.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – KC STADIUM – Saturday August 30th 2008
Samual Ricketts (og) (5)
Luis Antonio Valencia (13)
Amr Zaki (63,81)
Emile Heskey (68)

In a game which saw Phil Brown’s Hull City team restricted to just one shot on target all match (and I am being generous as it might have gone wide anyway), Latics proved that the first two disappointments were just a blip.

Hull started off bright enough but after going close in the first 4 minutes, Latics stepped up a gear and was soon in the lead through a wicked in swinging corner from Kevin Kilbane, which seemed to go straight in, but the goal went down as an own goal by Sam Ricketts.

There was nothing fortuitous about the second goal though as a clearance from defence saw a perfect pass to Valencia who used his pace to break away from the Hull defence and slot the ball in the back of Myhill’s net.

Two nil and nothing more than we deserved. Hull did manage on occasions to get through the Latics’ midfield, but their shooting was way off and made Chris Kirkland’s life very easy.

The rest of the half had Latics sitting back a bit and Hull could have gone in to the break 2-1 down but for a wayward header over the bar from an excellent corner by Geovanni.

The second half started in the same vain as the first and Hull again saw Turner head over from a Dawson free kick.

Folan fed Garcia but his weak shot was easily saved and was probably going wide anyway. Wigan played the holding game an kept Hull at bay until Kilbane went off and Michael Brown came on to partner Lee Cattermole in midfield. Brown made an immediate impact but his shot went well over from a Palacios cross.

Then a free kick saw Amr Zaki with the ball at his feet and he calmly placed the ball past Boaz Myhill for the third.Heskey joined in on the act just 5 minutes later after he ran onto a weak back pass and he slotted in from a tight angle.

The half was played out by Latics but Zaki had a goal given to him after he rasped a shot past the Hull keeper, it hit the bar and looked as though it bounced out but he linesman gave the gaol, saying it had bounced inside the goal line.

All in all a great day for Latics and the result was no more than we deserved. Latics move up to tenth in the table and their season is off and running.

The man of the match as voted for by the Official Supporters Club, Coach 1 (where I write this from) is Amr Zaki with over 45% of the votes.


Report by Jason Taylor

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Amr Zaki
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Attendance: 24,282
1 Boaz Myhill 1 Chris Kirkland
21 Sam Ricketts 25 Mario Melchiot
6 Michael Turner 17 Emmerson Boyce
5 Wayne Brown 19 Titus Bramble
3 Andy Dawson 31 Maynor Figueroa
10 Geovanni 8 Kevin Kilbane
22 Dean Marney 5 Wilson Palacios

Ian Ashbee

4 Lee Cattermole
14 Richard Garcia 16 Antonio Valencia
7 Craig Fagan 9 Emile Heskey
18 Caleb Folan 13 Amr Zaki
12 Matt Duke 12 Mike Pollitt
35 Liam Cooper 23 Olivier Kapo
15 Bernard Mendy 11 Michael Brown
8 Nick Barmby 10 Jason Koumas
16 Peter Halmosi 28 Tomasz Kupisz
9 Dean Windass 18 Daniel de Ridder
11 Bryan Hughes 27 Henri Camara
5′     Goal Samuel Ricketts o.g.
13′     Goal Luis Antonio Valencia
40′ Yellow Card YIan Ashbee    
56′ Player Off Geovanni
Player On Dean Windass
56′     Player Off Kevin Kilbane
Player On Michael Brown
60′ Player Off Richard Garcia
Player On Nick Barmby
63′     Goal Amr Zaki
68′     Goal Emile Heskey
71′ Player Off Andrew Dawson
Player On Bernard Mendy
79′     Player Off Lee Cattermole
Player On Olivier Kapo
81′     Goal Amr Zaki
85′     Player Off Emile Heskey
Player On Henri Camara