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 RatingsShaka 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.
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.
Improved as the game went on though early on he seemed unable to cut out crosses.
There must be any number of Premiership sides kicking themselves for not nicking him off Cardiff. Tough. Another near faultless performance.
The recent run in the centre alongside his fellow Welshman is paying dividends as he finds his feet at this level.
Consistently did what he does ?EUR" got his foot in, won the ball and laid it off.
Guilty of wasting the ball a bit too often for my liking, something that undid the good work he often did.
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.
It was an interesting battle down our left hand side and Young certainly had his hands full.
Tried his best but without decent service it was an uphill struggle.
Looked like he could do with a rest to be honest.
(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!
(Replaced Reo-Coker 75) Made us look more dangerous at corners and was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line.
(Replaced Harewood, 86) Got stuck in but barely given time to influence proceedings.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest 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.
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.
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.