FA Premiership
West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2

Wednesday, 26th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Now that was a lineup to make the mouth water of any Irons fan worth his salt. I was bleary-eyed with nostalgia. To name a few of my personal favourites: Sir Trevor Brooking, Paul Allen, Digger Barnes, Ken Brown, Curbs, Mervyn Day, Devo, Paul Goddard, Georgie Parris, Pat Holland, Billy Jennings, Kevin Keen, Alvin Martin, Phil Parkes, Geoff Pike, Pottsy, Stuart Slater, Alan Taylor, Steve Walford. Legends the lot of ‘em and all united in tribute prior to the game for Johnny Lyall after his untimely death last week.



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Player Ratings

Jimmy Walker
First goal was at his near post and the second through his legs. He'll be dissapointed.


Anton Ferdinand
Oddly he was better in attack than defense tonight. Very shaky against Cisse but went on one of the runs of the season in the second half.


Lionel Scaloni
Very good tonight I thought. Worked incredibly hard and made some good tackles.


Elliott Ward
Not a bad performance.


James Collins
Stood off the Liverpool players too much


Hayden Mullins
Wasn't his best game; devastated to be red carded (as was I).


Nigel Reo-Coker
Excellent. Deserved the goal; a fantastic performance.


Yossi Benayoun
Dangerous throughout but his first touch in the first half was poor.


Matthew Etherington
Top-notch in the second-half of this season, and superb again tonight.


Teddy Sheringham
Some great touches and a wonderful pass to set up Reo's goal.


Bobby Zamora
Very good performance, linked up well with Sheringham.



Substitutes

Carl Fletcher
(Replaced Collins, 45) Battled well.


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Benayoun, 80) Arrived to a hero's welcome.


Shaka Hislop
Did not play.


Kyel Reid
Did not play.


Hogan Ephraim
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Jimmy Walker, Anton Ferdinand, Lionel Scaloni, Elliott Ward, James Collins, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Teddy Sheringham, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Nigel Reo-Coker 46                  .

Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker           .

Sent Off: Hayden Mullins 82    .

Liverpool: Dudek; Finnan, Kromkamp, Traore, Carragher; Warnock, Sissoko, Hamann; Cisse, Fowler, Morientes..

Subs not used: Hyypia (Finnan 63), Garcia (Fowler 79).

Goals: Cisse (19, 56).

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: H.Webb.

Attendance: 34,852.

Man of the Match: Nigel Reo-Coker.