West Ham United 0 Palermo 1
Thursday, 14th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower
European nights. Ah the memories. Eintracht Frankfurt, the collective sigh when we all thought Keith Robson had let the ball run too far. The eruption of noise when he went and put the ball in the top corner anyway. Matches under the lights. Yeah there were some fantastic times in the past playing against Johnny Foreigner.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Uncertain handling on a night on which he was largely untested.
Solid enough defensively but failed to add enough going forward in the way that a fit Pantsil might have done.
A couple of good blocks ?EUR" particularly the header from the free-kick. However his distribution was dreadful ?EUR" if he found a claret and blue shirt in the second half I missed it.
Potentially embarrassed by a nutmeg early on he recovered to have a good game.
Back to something approaching his form of last season. Looked cool and calm throughout.
A fine debut. Looked extremely comfortable on the ball in the same way that Mullins often doesn?EUR(TM)t. He won?EUR(TM)t catch the eye in the same way as his compatriot but on this showing he?EUR(TM)ll be a great acquisition.
A lot of hard running but the final ball or shot still needs working on.
Good solid run-out in the light of no little stick from start to finish. Tired visibly before being replaced.
A good run out ?EUR" caused problems with some of his mazy runs.
Ironically, the first game he didn?EUR(TM)t score in this season was possibly his best match. Lots of running and endeavour as the lone striker and looked better for having Tevez push up later on.
Showed enough to suggest that he can be a major crowd pleaser though we?EUR(TM)re still obviously trying to sort out his best role. Might be interesting to see him up against the somewhat inconsistent Bramble at the weekend.
(Replaced Bowyer, 59) Ran into too many blind alleys and the dive was not something I want to see from him.
(Replaced Tevez, 78) Unlucky to see the shot that would have done so much to rebuild his confidence come back off the post.
(Replaced Zamora, 78) Didn?EUR(TM)t really get involved.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tyrone Mears, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Yossi Benayoun, Bobby Zamora, Carlos Tevez.
Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker 31 Matthew Etherington 79 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Palermo: Fontana, Cassani, Zaccardo, Barzagli, Pisano, Diana, Parravicini, Simplicio, Bresciano, Di Michele, Caracciolo.
Subs not used: Agliardi, Brienza, Tedesco, Dellafiore.
Goals: Caracciolo (45).
Booked: Cassani (5), Pisano (48), Di Michele (71).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano.