Date: 25th August 2007 at 4:06pm
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The half kicked off in glorious sunshine and both sides played at a leisurely pace
Latics prepared to let West Ham have possession and hit on the break

Referee Mariner turns down a penalty appeal from West Ham on 30 mins

35 mins Koumas breaks down left for Latics and puts in a cross for the late arriving Scharner who directs his header just wide of the post

Antoine Sibierski leaves the field injured to be replaced by Julius Aghahowa on 37 mins

42 mins following good work from Landzaat, Koumas picks the ball up on the left and cuts inside, West Ham players back off and he strikes the ball from 25 yards, with Green beaten the ball hits the post

Referee plays 3 mins stoppage time

Half time 0-0

West Ham
Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson, McCartney, Dyer, Noble, Mullins Etherington, Bellamy, Zamora

Subs, Walker, Spector, Ashton, Bowyer, Boa Morte

Latics
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Granqvist, Kilbane, Valencia, Landzaat, Scharner, Koumas, Heskey, Sibierski (Aghahow 37).
Subs, Pollitt, Brown, Hall, Folan, Aghahowa

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