TALKING SPORT - Martinez delivers some home comfort at last

LATICS got a much-needed – and very deserved – three points against West Ham.

A lot has been said about how poor the Hammers were but Wigan were brilliant.

They’ve played well in recent games, too, without getting the results they warranted.

Against West Ham, the scoreline flattered the visitors.

Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo may not have got on the scoresheet but their partnership is becoming stronger by the week.

It was the first home win of the season and now, having shook the monkey from their back, they can be optimistic of success against the next two visitors to the DW – West Brom and Reading.

IT seems being serenaded by Bradley Wiggins at the club’s awards night wasn’t enough for Gareth Hock.

The rumours he is bound for the NRL were gathering pace this morning, and – shortly before this newspaper went to Press – I was told Hock would not be available along with the rest of the England players at a media conference.

Read into that what you will. But if he departs, there’s no doubting Wigan will lose one of their biggest attacking threats... even if he does carry that element of liability.

WALES v England. Just what was the point?

Sure, England racked up 80 points and polished their combinations, but against who? A team containing half-a-dozen part-timers.

Will it really have helped their World Cup preparations? I’m not convinced.

And the 4,000 crowd must have been the worst possible advert on the BBC.

Yes, I enjoyed having a game to watch and report on.

But in a year of great international sporting success for this country, rugby league’s contribution – not surprisingly – fell embarrassingly short.

GOT to hand it to the Racecourse Ground staff.

They were nothing but friendly, and certainly haven’t let Wrexham’s recent financial woes get them down. I took my two sons to the game, and as I went to pay, a steward took a look at them both and ushered them through.

“Under-7s are free,” he explained. Which was good of him.

Especially as my eldest is 12.

WE headed straight from Wrexham to Pwllheli where, it has to be said, the locals were not all mourning the day’s rugby league result.

Listening to BBC 5Live pn the way down, the veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall summarised his thoughts on Latics’ 2-1 win against West Ham and labelled Ivan Ramis’ opener as one of the greatest goals he had ever seen. It was a screamer, no doubt. But one of the greatest ever? Blinkering occasion out of the equation, I can think of several more worthy contenders, with Maynor Figueroa, Leighton Baines and even Emmerson Boyce a week earlier coming to mind.

BOXER Audley Harrison made his decision he won’t retire via his Twitter account.

Harrison, who is 41 and was knocked out in 82 seconds in his last fight, wrote: “A decision has come from above. He told me son ‘lace up your gloves’ your time as a boxer is not quite done, so go out there & have some fun.”

Is he really trying to tell us God is a very, very bad rapper?