West Ham United 2 Middlesbrough 1
Sunday, 23rd October 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Strange days indeed. We spent pre-match in the pub watching the Tyne-Wear derby and, having said that Shola Ameobi didn’t score enough goals to justify a place in a Premiership side, he promptly went and scored twice. I though that would be it for the weirdness for the day. How wrong I was!
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Player RatingsShaka Hislop
One excellent save in the first half apart, Shaka?EUR(TM)s return to League duty was a fairly gentle one.
Another fine performance. Milly the press room tea lady told me that Sven was in to see it. Hope he was paying attention and not just there for the Hammerettes.
The partnership with Gabbidon continues to inspire. Saw off Maccarone and even at the end when ?EUR~Boro threw three up he looked comfortable. Harshly booked.
Looks to be enjoying every minute in the premiership. Even the introduction of Hasselbaink and the fat Aussie Viduka didn?EUR(TM)t worry him.
A couple of half chances and did the usual tidy job in the middle that we?EUR(TM)ve come to expect from him this season, though another side might have punished his occasional tendency to dwell on the ball.
Another fine match and maybe another that Sven might have had an eye on. Somewhat frustrated by some of ref Bennett?EUR(TM)s eccentricities, he might need to keep an eye on the visible expressions of dissent.
When he was good he was excellent but he did seem to disappear for long stretches at a time and he displayed an occasional tendency to let things happen around him rather than getting involved.
A lot of mostly unrewarded hard work ?EUR" should have been given an assist when NRC?EUR(TM)s goal was harshly disallowed. Caused problems for the Boro defence most of the afternoon.
His pace caused a few problems but his touch let him down from time to time though it does seem to be improving.
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Fine finish and his introduction gave a different look to the attack that Boro had difficulty in coming to terms with.
(Replaced Etherington 76) Usual solid cameo from 10K following his now ritual replacement of Etherington.
(Replaced Benayoun 90) Brought on during stoppage time to run a few seconds off the clock. Successful in that aim but otherwise no memorable contribution made.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest 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.
Man of the Match: Yossi Benayoun.