Premiership
Liverpool 2 West Ham United 1

Saturday, 26th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

I was 2 the last time we won up there you know. In the ensuing 43 years we’ve had it all. Often we’ve come away with nothing and deserved it. This wasn’t like that. It was a good, if exhausting day out which, for me, started with the lovely girlfriend having to run me up to Redbridge tube at 4.30am. Thanks Murdoch. A fairly uneventful run up the motorway was made ever so interesting by Romford’s pointing out of the different makes of coach we passed on the M1. I really must write the details down one day.



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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
Good solid performance ?EUR" came out a little too quick for Crouch?EUR(TM)s goal though and made it easier for the striker.


John Paintsil
Maybe lucky that the ref saw Crouch?EUR(TM)s arm all over him first before the penalty incident. An enthusiastic 90 from the Ghanain who can?EUR(TM)t spell his own name.


Paul Konchesky
Excellent off the line clearance in the first period though he looked knackered when subbed at the end. A knock perhaps?


Anton Ferdinand
A couple of touches aside he had a good game. Wasn?EUR(TM)t put out by anything thrown at him.


Danny Gabbidon
Best run out of the season so far as the match fitness returns. Not back to his best by any means but encouraging signs that he?EUR(TM)s getting there.


Hayden Mullins
Did hid protective role as usual in his normal unassuming style ?EUR" though I?EUR(TM)d have loved him to have launched Garcia into row Z if only to teach the cheat just what it feels like when contact is made!


Nigel Reo-Coker
Some good box to box stuff but all too often he was let down by his distribution.


Lee Bowyer
Solid enough game without dominating. Really should have scored ?EUR" in fact he probably ought to have nearly as many as Bobby this season.


Yossi Benayoun
Lots of flair matched by no little endeavour. Worried Liverpool.


Bobby Zamora
He can?EUR(TM)t go wrong at the moment. Taking advantage of the extended run he?EUR(TM)s getting due to Deano?EUR(TM)s absence, though claiming he meant that goal is a bit cheeky.


Marlon Harewood
Not happening for him at the moment. However, this time last season we went into the break with Marlon in similar form. A hat-trick against Villa ensued. Cheer up Marlon ?EUR" guess who our next match is against?EUR?!



Substitutes

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Harewood, 73) Didn?EUR(TM)t really get into the game when replacing Harewood.


Tyrone Mears
(Replaced Konchesky, 81) Did ok on the wrong side when replacing Konch.


Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Zamora, 83) A clever free kick caused consternation though he didn?EUR(TM)t really have time to influence things.


Jimmy Walker
Did not play.


James Collins
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, John Paintsil, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Yossi Benayoun, Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Bobby Zamora 12                  .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Liverpool: Reina, Agger, Aurelio, Finnan, Hyypia, Alonso, Gerrard, Garcia, Pennant, Bellamy, Crouch.

Subs not used: Dudek, Kromkamp.

Goals: Agger (42), Crouch (45).

Booked: Aurelio (64).

Sent off: None.

Referee: A.Wiley.

Attendance: 43,965.

Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.