FA Premeirship
West Ham United 0 Charlton Athletic 0

Sunday, 2nd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Recently I saw a table that suggested that the Boleyn Ground has seen more goals per game this season than just about any other ground in the Premiership. I think we were averaging 3 goals a match at the time suggesting that an exciting time would be guaranteed for all. Unfortunately this match was one of those exceptions that prove the rule and, whilst Alan Pardew was keen to play down suggestions that the players had one eye on the cup, the main topic of conversation amongst the fans certainly appeared to be the forthcoming events at Villa Park (and no, I don’t have a spare ticket before you ask).



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
Barely tested, though not for the first time in recent weeks his handling caused a little concern when dealing with the only shot that tested him.


Anton Ferdinand
Comfortable in a right-back position in which, according to AP, he feels less than comfortable. However, there were occasions I felt he could have got forward a bit more.


Paul Konchesky
Improved as the game went on though early on he seemed unable to cut out crosses.


Danny Gabbidon
There must be any number of Premiership sides kicking themselves for not nicking him off Cardiff. Tough. Another near faultless performance.


James Collins
The recent run in the centre alongside his fellow Welshman is paying dividends as he finds his feet at this level.


Hayden Mullins
Consistently did what he does ?EUR" got his foot in, won the ball and laid it off.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Guilty of wasting the ball a bit too often for my liking, something that undid the good work he often did.


Yossi Benayoun
Flitted in and out of the match ?EUR" some good touches but I wish the free header at the end had gone to someone else.


Matthew Etherington
It was an interesting battle down our left hand side and Young certainly had his hands full.


Marlon Harewood
Tried his best but without decent service it was an uphill struggle.


Dean Ashton
Looked like he could do with a rest to be honest.



Substitutes

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Ashton, 45) Early on he was as guilty as everyone else of giving the ball away but he improved and his greater involvement in the link-up play was instrumental in our dominance of the second period. Wish he?EUR(TM)d scored though!


Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Reo-Coker 75) Made us look more dangerous at corners and was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line.


Yaniv Katan
(Replaced Harewood, 86) Got stuck in but barely given time to influence proceedings.


Jimmy Walker
Did not play.


Lionel Scaloni
Did not play.



Match Facts

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

Goals: None.

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Charlton Athletic: Myhre, Young, Perry, Hreidarsson, Powell, Rommedahl, Kishishev, Holland, Hughes, M.Bent, D.Bent.

Subs not used: Andersen, Euell.

Goals: .

Booked: Young.

Sent off: None.

Referee: R.Styles.

Attendance: 34,753.

Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.