Spector Shaky in Crucial West Ham Win

It wasn’t as bad as his U.S. teammate Jozy Altidore’s game against Sunderland, but Jonathan Spector’s performance in West Ham’s must-win game with Wigan on Saturday was not one he’ll want to remember.

He scored an own goal in the opening minutes—putting his team behind the eight-ball four minutes into the critical relegation game—and was yellow-carded for a foul in a dangerous spot in the second half, with his team clinging to a 2-2 scoreline.

Spector also struggled to contain speedy Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia for much of the game.

Fortunately for the Yank defender, his gaffes faded to the background as West Ham won the game 3-2 on goals by Ilan, Radoslav Kovac and a scorching 76th-minute winner by Scott Parker.

When Liverpool blitzed 19th-place Burnley 4-0 on Sunday, West Ham had clinched another season in the top flight.

Here is a Parker highlight reel, including Saturday’s season-saver:

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One comment on “Spector Shaky in Crucial West Ham Win

  1. OMATV says:

    I’m guessing you posted that to taunt an old, morose Charlton fan. If so, mission accomplished. The clip has some really nice goals but what always struck me about Parker at Charlton was his ability to be absolutely everywhere on the pitch. He was really a joy to root for.

    Hopefully he’ll find his way into Capello’s squad this summer (first person to be capped for England while playing for 4 different clubs). I’d also like to see him move to a bigger club and give that a shot once more before he gets too old. Man U paid a boatload to West Ham for Michael Carrick a few years back; Parker is a better player imho, so maybe Sir Alex will take a shot.

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