Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1
Sunday, 16th October 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Manchester. A tale of geographically challenged bus drivers, boarded up windows, student physiotherapists and fake Irish pubs.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Dealt with most of what City were able to chuck his way and was in no way at fault for either goal.
Twice in a row now Tomas has appeared out of sorts. Given his early impressive form this is a worrying development as we have few options at right back at the moment. Ought to buy some new boots with a decent set of studs.
Solid at the back, the propensity of others to give the ball away in front of him meant that his usual forays to support the attack were not in view on a day when the England manager was believed to be keeping an eye on him.
Another who seemed a bit tired out there. Needs to sharpen up a bit.
Got stuck in well at the back in his usual dependable manner but got caught out a little for the second goal where he inadvertently set up Cole.
Although he has undoubtedly begun the season well he still has a worrying tendency to dwell on the ball when he has won it. This is something that he needs to work on as when he gets caught the results can be disastrous ?EUR" as with the second goal in this match.
Ran a lot but seemed bushed and failed to dominate the midfield in the way we know he can.
On a day when the midfield were found wanting Yossi was probably just about the pick of a poor bunch. Unlucky with the volley that went wide and the ball through to Zamora for the goal was a beaut.
A couple of teasing crosses in the first half and the run early in the second that forced a save out of James and that basically was it. May be looking at a rest on current form.
Battled in vain with service that was at best indifferent and at worst non-existent.
Apart from one ball to feed Etherington in the first half his most notable contribution was to throw an Elton John-style tantrum on being substituted.
(Replaced Repka, 45) Was an improvement on Repka but not much ?EUR" looked slow at times.
(Replaced Sheringham, 67) Injected a bit of pace to the attack which badly needed livening up at that point. Excellent run for the goal but still needs to improve his touch.
(Replaced Etherington, 82) Not really on for long enough to influence 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, Teddy Sheringham.
Goals: Yossi Benayoun 70 .
Booked: None booked. .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester City: James, Mills, Onuoha, Jordan, Distin; Reyna, Ireland, Barton, Musampa; Vassell, Cole.
Subs not used: de Vlieger, Sommeil, Sibierski.
Goals: Cole (18, 56).
Booked: Musampa (34), Jordan (71).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Roy Carroll.