Premiership
West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 2

Sunday, 17th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Over the years I’ve been to loads of games, home and away, where, prior to the match I’ve been sitting supping pre-match cocktails in civilised company. Many’s the time I’ve thought what a pleasant afternoon I was having and what a shame football was likely to ruin it all. Sometimes I’ve been wrong. Today I was right.



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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
Found wanting for the goal and failed to dominate the six-yard box.


Tyrone Mears
Battled gamely but was clearly not 100% fit following his illness.


Paul Konchesky
A slight improvement on Thursday but distribution still poor.


Anton Ferdinand
Not really given a hard time by the opposition. Possibly the least worst of our defenders if I can put it like that.


Danny Gabbidon
Recent improvements in his form as his match fitness has improved just went out of the window. A complete mare for the second goal.


Javier Mascherano
Not match fit and therefore unable to match the impressive start of Thursday.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Struggled to make any contribution. Might be the next to have a spell of bench-warming as AP tries to work out his best line-up.


Lee Bowyer
Another who battled gamely. Some of the treatment being dished out to him (yes you again Parker) is blatantly designed to wind him up. So far he?EUR(TM)s kept his temper.


Matthew Etherington
In the bad old days it seemed that one kick at Matty would be enough to keep him out of the game. Parker made sure that this was one of the bad old days.


Bobby Zamora
This season he?EUR(TM)s had poor days but scored, and, against Palermo, he had a good day but came away empty-handed. This time he had a poor day without the goal, though the largely illegal attentions of Moore and, yes, Parker didn?EUR(TM)t help matters any.


Carlos Tevez
I didn?EUR(TM)t think he had that bad a first half and we certainly could have used his free-kick skills with Parker on the pitch.



Substitutes

Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Tevez, 45) Strangely booked. Huffed and puffed but his most meaningful contribution was to accidentally put Given out of the match.


Yossi Benayoun
(Replaced Mascherano, 67) A few good runs but failed to dominate as we know he can.


Hayden Mullins
(Replaced Mears, 67) Forced into an unfamiliar right-back role he did ok. Unique amongst those who took part in the match in that Parker actually got booked when he kicked him.


Robert Green
Did not play.


Carlton Cole
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tyrone Mears, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Carlos Tevez.

Goals: None.

Booked: Tyrone Mears 45 Marlon Harewood 74 Paul Konchesky 78      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Newcastle United: Given, Carr, Moore, Ramage, Babayaro, Milner, Parker, Emre, Duff, Martins, Ameobi.

Subs not used: N'Zogbia, Rossi.

Goals: Duff (50), Martins (75).

Booked: Babayaro (41), Moore (74), Parker (77).

Sent off: None.

Referee: R.Styles.

Attendance: 34,938.

Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano.