FA Premiership
West Ham United 2 Everton 2

Saturday, 4th March 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Sometimes you’ve just got to sit back and admit you’ve got away with it. Our opponents had recently put together a decent run and had, by all accounts, been a tad unlucky to see that run come to an end up in Geordieland so a tough match ought to have been expected.



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
No chance with the goals. Needlessly rushed the odd clearance.


Lionel Scaloni
A bit of a ?EUR~mare for Len who looked worryingly knackered late on. Not helped by the apparent disappearance of Yossi in front of him.


Paul Konchesky
Chose a good day to have a fairly decent runout with a certain Swedish gentleman in attendance.


Danny Gabbidon



Anton Ferdinand
Not his usual confident self and he allowed himself to be dragged out of position far too much.


Hayden Mullins
Did the ball-winning thing fairly well though again distribution wasn?EUR(TM)t the greatest.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Not the greatest of days for the skipper. On the odd occasion he did bring the ball out well his final ball was invariably awful.


Matthew Etherington
Goodish first half. Just about non-existent second half.


Yossi Benayoun
Another who had a poor afternoon. Failed to make any sort of impression at all.


Dean Ashton
His best performance since his move. Held the ball up well and battled bravely on despite receiving some often brutal treatment.


Marlon Harewood
Half-decent first half. Spent too much time running down blind alleys in the second.



Substitutes

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Benayoun, 76) Failed to make any sort of impression and showed poor touch.


Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Ashton, 84) I can?EUR(TM)t remember him doing anything of note.


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Etherington, 87) Like the other subs 10K was anonymous in the short time he was on the pitch.


Stephen Bywater
Did not play.


Christian Dailly
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Shaka Hislop, Lionel Scaloni, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Matthew Etherington, Yossi Benayoun, Dean Ashton, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Marlon Harewood 10 Dean Ashton 23                .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Everton: Westerveld, Hibbert, Weir, Stubbs, Nuno Valente, Osman, Arteta, Neville, Cahill, McFadden, Beattie.

Subs not used: Turner, Naysmith, Carsley.

Goals: Osman (18), Beattie (71).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Riley.

Attendance: 34,866.

Man of the Match: Dean Ashton.