FA Premiership
Liverpool 2 West Ham United 0

Monday, 31st October 2005
by East Stand Martin

There is a good time to go on holiday if you’re a West Ham fan. It’s whenever the team makes the trip up to Anfield. I’ve got fed up of going up there as have many travelling supporters, who haven’t seen a win there since 1963.



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
Was by far the busiest keeper and made several excellent saves. Had little chance with the second goal but could possibly have been positioned slightly better for the first.


Tomas Repka
His best game on the road since the win at Fulham last month. Subbed late on as the Hammers looked to nick an equaliser.


Paul Konchesky
Worked hard under pressure. Rarely managed to get forward due to the Hammers being pressed back for much of the game.


Danny Gabbidon
Not his finest game in a West Ham shirt but still did a fair job on Morientes.


Anton Ferdinand
A solid game, and he managed to keep Cisse under wraps for much of the game. Some of the home fans were very impressed by his performance.


Hayden Mullins
Worked hard and was at hand to break up several Liverpool attacks. Getting used to this Premiership lark.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Got stuck in for little reward. A fair game.


Yossi Benayoun
His worst game since arriving at the club in the summer. Rarely got into the game, although rumours of a midweek injury may have been the reason why he was quiet.


David Bellion
Not at the races in his first Premiership start. Still not looking 100% fit despite making his second start inside five days.


Matthew Etherington
Half-hearted, uncommited and looked like he'd rather have been elsewhere. Rightly hauled off - again.


Marlon Harewood
Uncomfortable playing as the lone striker and snatched at the rare opportunities that were presented to him.



Substitutes

Jeremie Aliadiere
(Replaced Bellion, 60) Ineffective despite getting a decent run-out. You expect more from a player who is so highly rated.


Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Etherington, 67) The former Manchester United man was roundly booed by the home fans upon entering the fray. He was barely noticed thereafter.


James Collins
(Replaced Repka, 82) Shades of Ian Pearce as JC was thrown up front in search of an equaliser. Two minutes after he came on Liverpool notched their second!


Stephen Bywater
Did not play.


Christian Dailly
Did not play.



Match Facts

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

Goals: None.

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Risse, Hyypia, Carragher, Sissoko, Gerrard, Garcia, Alonso, Cisse, Morientes.

Subs not used: Carson, Warnock, Hamann.

Goals: Alonso (18), Zenden (82).

Booked: Morientes (50), Finna (71).

Sent off: None.

Referee: U.Rennie.

Attendance: 44,537.

Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.