Fulham 1 West Ham United 2
Saturday, 17th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Thanks West Ham. Just when I have tonsillitis you go and move into 4th place and add altitude-inspired nosebleeds to my problems!
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
A fine game. Some important saves ?EUR" especially early on.
Another fine performance. Wasn?EUR(TM)t able to get forward as much as he has recently but he kept his cool defensively.
Not one of his better days, he got caught out of position a few times, notably for Boa-Morte?EUR(TM)s goal.
Fairly solid, thoughhis early failure to get a challenge in on Jensen might have proved costly on another day.
Excellent performance ?EUR" strong in the air and his late clearance off the line secured the points at the end.
His strong start continues. Some fine long passes out to the wings were on display today.
Another tireless performance from NRC who was given the armband in Sheringham?EUR(TM)s absence. A tad lucky to survive the latest in a long series of Graham Poll mental aberrations maybe but justice was done in the end. MOTM.
Some nice touches but not as influential as of late.
Occasionally good going forward he seemed reluctant to take players on and he left Konchesky exposed on a number of occasions.
Looked infinitely more dangerous getting into the box than he did as a midfielder. Fine work for both goals ?EUR" whether both were his or not.
A lot of hard work in the lone ranger slot but without much reward. Nice flick on for the first goal.
(Replaced Zamora, 64) A fair bit of running but got caught irritatingly offside from short balls where he ought to have been able to see across the line.
(Replaced Benayoun, 74) Some excellent link up play in the time he was on.
(Replaced Harewood, 87) Some nice touches but not really on for long enough to have too much of a say in matters.
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, Bobby Zamora.
Goals: Marlon Harewood 46 Tony Warner og 51 .
Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker 41 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Fulham: Warner, Volz, N.Jensen, Bocanegra, Knight, Diop, Malbranque, C.Jensen, Boa Morte, McBride, Radzinski.
Subs not used: Batista, Elrich, Helguson.
Goals: Boa-Morte (65).
Booked: Bocanegra (44).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Nigel Reo-Coker.