Premier League
West Ham United 0 Stoke City 1

Saturday, 31st August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

If one has an off day that’s one thing. When six do that’s an entirely different matter. And the result is not usually nice to watch.



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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskalainen
Two good saves in the first half. Nothing to do in the second. Maybe a bit poorly-positioned for the goal.


Guy Demel
Ok first half but struggled against Pennant when stripped of the protection afforded to him by Downing.


Joey O Brien
Was that a Cruyff turn I spotted in the second half? Solid enough defensively.


James Collins
Battled gamely against the chunky Jones. Probably MOTM as the pick of an average bunch.


Winston Reid
Stuck to his task well despite the illegal attentions of Jones which could have proved costly injury-wise.


Mark Noble
Mark mate, we?EUR(TM)re the ones in claret and blue.


Mo Diame
Can influence matches much more than he did in this one. Also needs to get his sights adjusted ?EUR" his shooting was very wayward.


Matt Jarvis
Ok without service wingers are always going to struggle but even on the rare occasions we did feed him he didn?EUR(TM)t look dangerous.


Stewart Downing
As with Jarvis he was starved of service though he did get through some hard work defensively ?EUR" he was more noticed when he had gone.


Kevin Nolan
Poorest game for the skipper for ages. Gave the ball away in dangerous positions, something that was, ultimately, to prove costly.


Modibo Maiga




Substitutes

Ravel Morrison
Showed some welcome class when he came on but this was at the expense of having defensive cover on the right.


Jack Collison
Like those few minutes were really going to give him a chance to alter things.


Elliot Lee
Nice to get a run-out I suppose but even as a spot of desperation it looked a bit of a pointless substitution.


Adrian
Did not play.


Razvan Rat
Did not play.


James Tomkins
Did not play.


Matthew Taylor
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskalainen, Guy Demel, Joey O Brien, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Matt Jarvis, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Modibo Maiga.

Goals: None                   .

Booked: Winston Reid 81 James Collins 90        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Stoke City: Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Jonathan Walters, Steven Nzonzi, Charlie Adam, Marc Wilson, Matthew Etherington, Kenwyne Jones.

Subs not used: Thomas Sorensen, Marc Muniesa, Peter Crouch, Oussama Assaidi, Cameron Jerome.

Goals: Jermaine Pennant (82).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 34,946.

Man of the Match: James Collins.