FA Premiership
Arsenal 2 West Ham United 3

Wednesday, 1st February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Not Unhappy!



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
Looked a little reluctant to dominate the six-yard box on occasion but made up for that with some excellent shot-stopping.


Clive Clarke
On occasion his inexperience at this level showed, though he kept plugging gamely away on the wrong side of the back four.


Paul Konchesky
On the plus side his pass set up Bobby?EUR(TM)s goal. On the minus side his lack of control led to the hosts?EUR(TM) first. Given a torrid time but didn?EUR(TM)t hide.


Danny Gabbidon
Looked as if he enjoyed every minute of the battle. Great stuff. Harshly booked for looking at Henry in a funny way.


Anton Ferdinand
Campbell could do worse than look at a video of Anton and Gabbidon?EUR(TM)s performance in this match. I understand he?EUR(TM)ll have plenty of time to watch it. Meanwhile Anton goes from strength to strength ?EUR" has apparently played in every minute of every league match.


Hayden Mullins
One of our most reliable - if unsung - players this season. Did a job and did it well.


Nigel Reo-Coker
At the start of the season AP suggested, partly tongue in cheek, that NRC would take the Premiership by storm if he were to play half as well as he himself thought he could. His self-belief was not misplaced tonight.


Yossi Benayoun
Under pressure we were not treated to the usual sight of Yossi going forward in full flow. Didn?EUR(TM)t neglect his defensive duties though and weighed in with a vital clearance off the line.


Matthew Etherington
Another whose attacking instincts were sacrificed by the need for defensive solidity. That he was able to pop up at the end for the vital goal was an added bonus.


Marlon Harewood
Spent most of the match in the withdrawn wide right position. Made an occasional nuisance of himself.


Bobby Zamora
The goal was superb but for me it was his tireless and selfless running to relieve the pressure up front, where he was often ploughing a lone furrow, that caught the eye.



Substitutes

Shaun Newton
The goal was superb but for me it was his tireless and selfless running to relieve the pressure up front, where he was often ploughing a lone furrow, that caught the eye.


Dean Ashton



Carl Fletcher
Some solid, if unspectacular work at the end.


Stephen Bywater
Did not play.


Teddy Sheringham
Did not play.



Match Facts

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

Goals: Nigel Reo-Coker 24 Bobby Zamora 31 Matthew Etherington 78              .

Booked: Danny Gabbidon 45          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Arsenal: Lehamn, Campbell, Gilbert, Djourou, Senderos, Diaby, Gilberto, Pires, Ljungberg, Van Persie, Henry.

Subs not used: Almunia, Hleb.

Goals: Henry (45), Pires (89).

Booked: Larsson.

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Halsey.

Attendance: 38,216.

Man of the Match: Nigel Reo-Coker.