West Ham United 1 Bolton Wanderers 2
Saturday, 27th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower
I always had a sense of foreboding about this one. There’s something about Bolton that always makes me think that we’re going to struggle against them.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
The tip onto the bar from Campo?EUR(TM)s rocket was superb. Needs to get a better understanding with Gabbidon though.
Footballing-wise fine. Spent a lot of the match being provoked by little pushes and niggles and reacted well. Then went and spoiled it by getting booked for kicking the ball away.
A fine game. Desperately unlucky to find the Bolton ?EUR~keeper in great form towards the end of the match.
Another superb outing. Apparently he has an elder brother playing for some minor team up north. I wonder if he?EUR(TM)s any good? My MOTM.
Fairly solid but there was the occasional concentration lapse. Needs to sit down and have a chat with Carroll.
Got his foot in well, had one goalbound shot blocked and won the penalty. On the debit side his shocking ball led directly to the second goal.
Some good spells but not as dominant as he has been in recent weeks.
As he comes to terms with the pace of the Premiership he is becoming more and more influential. Bolton?EUR(TM)s tactics should have brought home to him that he chose the right club to join.
The usual clever performance from young Edward who can look forward to a couple of weeks with his feet up.
(Replaced Etherington, 60) Came on in an unfamiliar right midfield spot for Etherington and his pace and skill suggested that he might be an important acquisition.
(Replaced Harewood, 65) On for the hapless Harewood he nearly provided Sheringham a goal from his near post cross.
(Replaced Harewood, 65) Came on to add some height but his first action was to find himself horriby exposed by Mullins?EUR(TM) horror pass.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Teddy Sheringham.
Booked: Tomas Repka 55 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Pedersen, N'Gotty, Ben Haim, Nolan, Speed, Giannakopoulos, Okocha, Diouf, Davis.
Subs not used: Walker, Nakata.
Goals: Nolan (59), Campo (85).
Booked: Diouf (51), Davis (56), Giannakopoulos (62), Speed (76).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.