Premiership
Manchester City 2 West Ham United 0

Saturday, 23rd September 2006
by East Stand Martin

It always gets a bit vague whenever I go up to Manchester. This is down to the fact that Gilo the Manc is a master in dragging me off to oblivion amongst the cut prize boozers that never seem to close their doors. Licensing laws? They’ve never heard of ‘em up there.



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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
He again made some good saves and was well beaten by Samaras. He was slow leaving his line for the second however, and his wayward kicking is infuriating.


Christian Dailly
Poor distribution and poor defending at both right-back and centre-back.


Paul Konchesky
Poor defensively against Richards, poor control and poor passing.


Anton Ferdinand
We missed him when he went off. Hopefully not too bad an injury.


Danny Gabbidon
Ok, but missed Ferdinand more than any other player.


Javier Mascherano
Decent passing but was mostly quiet.


Nigel Reo-Coker
If you want to go to Arsenal, be my guest. It is frustrating because we watched him destroy Barton here in March. Today he was dominated and a waste of time.


Yossi Benayoun
He looks dangerous but flatters to deceive, thanks to little end product. We need more from him at the moment.


Matthew Etherington
His crossing was wide of the mark and Richards handled him easily. One of those games spent in hiding.


Bobby Zamora
Erratic.


Marlon Harewood
Didn't look confident the one time he had a chance to shoot and lost the opportunity. Failed to hold the ball up.



Substitutes

Hayden Mullins
(Replaced Ferdinand, 22) We know he's not a right back and it was sad to see him there.


Carlos Tevez
(Replaced Harewood, 65) On far too late.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Mears, 67) Ditto.


Robert Green
Did not play.


Lee Bowyer
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Christian Dailly, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: None.

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Manchester City: Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Jordan, Barton, Hamann, Sinclair, Miller, Samaras, Corradi..

Subs not used: Hart, Beasley.

Goals: Samaras (50, 63).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: C.Foy.

Attendance: 41,073.

Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.