FA Cup
Middlesbrough 0 West Ham United 1

Sunday, 23rd April 2006
by East Stand Martin

It was all looking a bit ropey, but a corner was awarded with five minutes left. A perfect left foot delivery and he rose like a salmon at the far post to head in and take the tie 3-2. What a f*cking fantastic start to the day as ESM Jnr’s U14 team prevailed in their Cup Semi Final and set up a date at the MK Dons Stadium on 7th May.



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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
Some uncertain handling early on. Kicking not at its best but saved well when Boro?EUR(TM) finally got a free-kick on target.


Anton Ferdinand
They targeted him in the absence of much protection from Yossi but he coped quite well.


Paul Konchesky
Good and solid defensively. Got into some promising positions going forward but the final ball was lacking.


Danny Gabbidon
Another good battling performance. Stuck close to his man and restricted Boro?EUR(TM) to efforts from distance.


James Collins
Most improved Hammer anyone? Hasselbaink & co got little change out of Ginge.


Hayden Mullins
Defended the space in front of the back four with his usual diligence.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Battled gamely throughout. Came close to scoring.


Yossi Benayoun
Came into the game a lot more in the second half after a patchy opening 45.


Matthew Etherington



Marlon Harewood
Caused constant problems for the Boro?EUR(TM) defence. Magnificent finish for the goal.


Dean Ashton
A constant thorn in the side of the Boro?EUR(TM) defence. Great set up header for the goal.



Substitutes

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Ashton, 85) Some intelligent running as the clock went down.


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Etherington, 89) Spent injury time getting behind the ball.


Jimmy Walker
Did not play.


Lionel Scaloni
Did not play.


Teddy Sheringham
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: Marlon Harewood 78                  .

Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker 19 Dean Ashton 68 Marlon Harewood 80 James Collins 83    .

Sent Off: None.     .

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Parnaby, Queudrue, Riggott, Southgate, Taylor, George Boateng, Downing, Rochemback, Yakubu, Hasselbaink.

Subs not used: Ehiogu, Bates.

Goals: .

Booked: Rochemback (47), Maccarone (82).

Sent off: None.

Referee: S.Bennett.

Attendance: 39,148.

Man of the Match: Marlon Harewood.