Championship
Doncaster Rovers 0 West Ham United 1

Saturday, 13th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Three points on the road? You’ll be telling me that we’re the best test cricketing nation in the world next.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Not overly tested but equal to the job when called upon ?EUR" one decent save required and made.


Joey O Brien
Already looks to be a shrewd addition. Got on with it and madesome telling interceptions when required.


Herita Ilunga
On the showing of the two matches so far he looks to be a weak link. Some occasional good defensive work is all too often undone by lapses of the sort we saw against Cardiff. Distribution also leaves much to be desired and the arrival of McCartney is likely to see future outings limited.


James Tomkins



Winston Reid
Anyone who witnessed his accident-prone outings of last season could be forgiven for thinking that we have a completely different player on board. Dare I say it that the partnership with Tomkins has a spot of the 'Anton and Elliots' about it.


Mark Noble
A busy 90 for the midfielder in a performance much improved from last week.


Scott Parker
Understandably perhaps given the constant speculation over his future, his mind doesn?EUR(TM)t quite seem to be on the task in hand. Some spells of good work were undone by some wayward passing. The sooner his future gets sorted out one way or another the better for all concerned.


Kevin Nolan
After last week when he seemed to vanish in the second half this was a much better outing. Bossed midfield and was our biggest goal threat. MOTM.


Matthew Taylor
A few good touches but not nearly as influential as in the first match.


Jack Collison
Looked a little tired towards the end but had played well up to his replacement. Fine cross for the goal.


Frederic Piquionne
A few good touches but not nearly as influential as in the first match.



Substitutes

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Piquionne, 62 mins) Not convinced by him as a winger but he did show some pace, which was a different set of problems for Rovers midfield to think about.


Fred Sears
(Replaced Collison, 82 mins) Not convinced by him as a winger but he did show some pace, which was a different set of problems for Rovers midfield to think about.


Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Sears, 82 mins) Not convinced by him as a winger but he did show some pace, which was a different set of problems for Rovers midfield to think about.


Ruud Boffin
Did not play.


Abdoulaye Faye
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O Brien, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor, Jack Collison, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: Kevin Nolan 5                  .

Booked: Carlton Cole 85          .

Sent off: None.

Doncaster Rovers: Gary Woods, Mustapha Dumbuya, Richard Naylor, George Friend, Tommy Spurr, James Coppinger, Simon Gillett, John Oster, Kyle Bennett, Chris Brown, Giles Barnes .

Subs not used: Neil Sullivan, Oscar Radford.

Goals: None.

Booked: Chris Brown (57).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Scott Mathieson.

Attendance: 11,344.

Man of the Match: Kevin Nolan.