West Ham United 1 Manchester City 0
Saturday, 15th April 2006
by East Stand Martin
1.30 a.m. in downtown Mumbai and I knew that Gilo the Manc was worried. After bigging up his team’s prospects in the FA Cup and agreeing to watch the game, the northern monkey decided instead to get so wasted that he was poleaxed on his bed. It was his way of dodging the issue as no doubt he had seen the writing on the wall.
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Player RatingsJimmy Walker
Made two top-class saves, the one from Sinclair was a contender for save-of-the-season.
A really 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance. Sometimes dreadful, but made a goal-saving block from Samaras.
Not bad but first touch, crossing and free-kicks all still poor.
Very imprressive, our best defender on the day.
Did well, won a lot of headers.
Excellent first half, faded a little in the second but played well.
Solid game, made some good runs as well.
Much better Yossi, dangerous throughout.
Very good effort - and a very well taken goal. Am I the only one wondering why we haven't used him when resting players earlier in the season?
Great movement, and did brilliantly in setting up the only goal.
Really very poor today, should have been brought off at half time.
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Did well but didn't make a major contribution.
(Replaced Newton, 77) Not enough time to register.
(Replaced Ashton, 82) Not enough time to register.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Jimmy Walker, Lionel Scaloni, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Shaun Newton, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton.
Goals: Shaun Newton 15 .
Booked: None. .
Sent Off: None. .
Manchester City: James, Richards, Distin, Dunne, Thatcher, Reyna, Musampa, Riera, Sinclair, Samaras, Vassell.
Subs not used: Weaver, Wright-Phillips.
Booked: Reyna (35).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Jimmy Walker.