West Ham United 6 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Saturday, 14th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Blimey. Where does one start with a game like that?

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Fine save in the first half. Probably spent the second half sat on a deckchair reading an improving book or two.

Guy Demel
Lacks a little bit of match fitness ?EUR" understandably so given the rotten luck he?EUR(TM)s had with injury.

Matthew Taylor
The lack of anything resembling a threat from the opposition meant he had free rein to join the attack, something he did to great effect.

James Tomkins
Comfortable in defence and always a danger when joining in the fun up front at set plays.

Winston Reid
Another good run out for the Kiwi who impresses with the way his anticipation allows him to make interceptions rather than last-ditch tackles.

Mark Noble
Not one of his more eye-catching performances but quietly effective all the same. Can we claim the sixth for him?

Kevin Nolan
Not one of his more eye-catching performances but quietly effective all the same. Can we claim the sixth for him?

Gary O Neil
Continues to improve to the sort of form that we were hoping for before that injury. Hopefully his withdrawal was just a way of giving him a rest in advance of the midweek fixture.

Henri Lansbury
Decent first half but less involved in the second. Missed a goal that he should have scored and will probably end up being awarded one that ought to stay with Cole.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Has rapidly become a vital part of the side and, when he?EUR(TM)s on this sort of form he?EUR(TM)s unplayable. His third goal was worth the price of admission alone. If we do get out of this division (by whatever route) he?EUR(TM)ll have played a major part. MOTM? Daft question.

Carlton Cole
Kept at it despite the disgraceful lack of protection afforded to him by the match officials. Deserved the goal that he?EUR(TM)ll probably lose.


Jack Collison
(Replaced O'Neil, 55)
Looked keen for the half-hour or so that he was there without ever really dominating proceedings.

Danny Collins
(Replaced Demel, 68)
One of the easiest afternoons the on-loan defender is ever likely to get.

John Carew
(Replaced Vaz Te, 77)
Another who was looking to impress ?EUR" might even have done so given a bit more pitch-time.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Nicky Maynard
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Guy Demel, Matthew Taylor, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Gary O Neil, Henri Lansbury, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Ricardo Vaz Te 3 Ricardo Vaz Te 8 Kevin Nolan 11 Ricardo Vaz Te 62 Carlton Cole 64 Gary Dicker OG 78        .

Booked: Carlton Cole 87          .

Sent off: None.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Peter Brezovan, Inigo Calderon, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Marcos Painter, Alan Navarro, Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker, Gai Assulin, Rodriguez Vicente, Ashley Barnes.

Subs not used: Casper Ankergren, Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

Goals: None.

Booked: Gary Dicker (77).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Roger East .

Attendance: 32,339.

Man of the Match: Ricardo Vaz Te.