Football: PARDEW'S A WINNER!; WEST HAM.......4 Horlock 4, Jarrett 17 og, Harewood 55 pen, 75 WIGAN..............0 Four taste of bubbles ends long dry spell.
A WIN at last, and Alan Pardew can suddenly see the promotion light shining in the distance.
It may have been against a Wigan side who played virtually the whole second- half with nine men, but let that take nothing away from the Hammers.
Pardew's record of five draws and two defeats since taking the reins has earned him the nickname "Pardrew". Maybe now it will be "Parphew".
Marlon Harewood netted twice on his home debut after Kevin Horlock had opened the scoring and an own-goal set Hammers on their way.
West Ham were helped by the dismissals of Matt Jackson and Lee McCulloch, but in truth their long walks to the dressing room only hastened Wigan's fate.
Pardew said: "We've 13 home games left and home form can take you where you want to be."
The manager, who signed Harewood from Nottingham Forest for pounds 750,000 earlier this week, said: "He's got Rolls-Royce pace - he doesn't look as if he's going fast but he is.
"I'm not going to get ecstatic. There's still a lot of work to do but we've shown what we can do. I was on my guard with the defence - because of recent performances. Keeping a clean sheet will give them confidence.
"We ain't perfect but we are getting better. It was essential we got this victory because the fans have to have faith in me."
West Ham went ahead after just four minutes, thanks to good work by Brian Deane who crossed low and hard from the right for Horlock to tap in.
Things really started to overheat in the 14th minute when Hammers defender Tomas Repka and Wigan boss Paul Jewell appeared to clash.
And when play restarted, McCulloch came sliding in on Repka with the sort of tackle which breaks legs, although he escaped with a yellow card.
West Ham punished Wigan in the best way possible, though, when they went two up three minutes later. Harewood was released down the right, took the ball past a defender, and his cross went in off Jason Jarrett.
Though clearly the superior side, they didn't score again until their opponents were down to nine men. Shortly before the interval, skipper Jackson's wild lunge on Hayden Mullins earned him a red card and three minutes after the break McCulloch was shown a second yellow when he clashed with Repka.
Harewood got the goal he craved in the 55th minute when he suckered the defence into bringing him down and scored the resulting penalty.
And he struck for the third time in eight days against the same opponents when he raced on to sub Anton Ferdinand's through ball before beating John Filan with a chip.
MAN OF THE MATCH HAYDEN MULLINS
Growing in stature with every game.
WEST HAM: James 6, Repka 6 (Ferdinand 6), Carrick 7, Connolly 7 (Hutchison 6), Harewood 7, Quinn 6, Horlock 7 (Garcia 6), MULLINS 8, Pearce 7, Deane 7.
WIGAN: Filan 7, Jackson 5, Breckin 5, Liddell 6, Ellington 6, McCulloch 5, Horsfield 5 (Robertson 6), Jarrett 6, Eaden 6, Bullard 7, Baines 6 (De Vos 6).
MANAGER RATINGS: Pardew 7, Jewell 6.
REFEREE: F Stretton 6.
MARL-VELLOUS MOMENT: Marlon Harewood makes it three by beating John Filan from the spot Picture: Dale Cherry
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|Title Annotation:||The PREM|
|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 30, 2003|
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