FA Premiership
West Ham United 2 Middlesbrough 1

Sunday, 23rd October 2005
by Adam Leatherbarrow

It was a good day for the Hammers who took all three points thanks mainly to a controversial decision by referee Steve Bennett.



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
Never really had any trouble but pulled off a few good saves nonetheless.


Tomas Repka
Had an easy game, his passes and tackles were decisive.


Paul Konchesky
Productive link up and crosses - also created Sheringham's goal.


Anton Ferdinand
Booked for a silly foul but his towering headers, clearences, passing and tackling made up for his minor faults.


Danny Gabbidon
Shielded the ball well but misjudged a few passes.


Hayden Mullins
Cool, calm and collected. The most relaxed player on the pitch.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Typical captain's performance.


Yossi Benayoun
The best player on the pitch. Excellent passing and movement - the only complaint being that he should have grabbed a goal.


Matthew Etherington
His link-up play with Konchesky on the left was good but it still wasn't the same Matty that we saw last season.


Marlon Harewood
Erm, well.... he was ok, but tended to stay forward while Zamora was running his nuts off. Once Bobby had been substituted Harewood started to put his arse into gear with Teddy barking orders at him.


Bobby Zamora
Had a terrific game and linked up well with Yossi Benayoun to produce our best opportunities of the first half. Held the ball up well.



Substitutes

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Only on for 25 minutes but made an immediate impact by grabbing a goal with his first touch. Was also involved in the second goal by adding pressure on the 'Boro keeper.


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Etherington 76) Made a good couple of runs, wasn't involved much.


Christian Dailly
(Replaced Benayoun 90) Came on with just seconds remaining.


Stephen Bywater
Did not play.


David Bellion
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Shaka Hislop, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Teddy Sheringham 66 Mark Schwarzer og 74                .

Booked: Anton Ferdinand 17          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Bates, Pogatetz, Riggott, Southgate, Doriva, Boateng, Rochemback, Mendieta, Maccarone, Yakubu.

Subs not used: Jones, Morrison.

Goals: Queudrue (87).

Booked: Doriva (29), Boateng (77).

Sent off: None.

Referee: S.Bennett.

Attendance: 34,612.

Man of the Match: Yossi Benayoun.