Carling Cup
Chesterfield 2 West Ham United 1

Tuesday, 24th October 2006
by Nick Bull

There I was, sitting on a coach outside Saltergate, waiting for the long journey home to begin. The radio was playing ‘Drive’, by The Cars. Linked synonymously with that Irishman and Michael Burke, all I’ll think about now when I hear it is that losing feeling somewhere in Derbyshire.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Another strong performance, another defeat to accompany it. Faultless for the goals, his saves kept West Ham in the game.


John Paintsil
Awful. Poor on the ball, worse defending it.


George McCartney
Not the best debut for the Irishman ?EUR" though the timing hardly helped his cause. Perhaps judge him after a couple more games.


Anton Ferdinand
Not too bad, struggled to form a solid pairing in the centre with Gabbidon, which only aided the opposition.


Danny Gabbidon
Very poor. Such a disappointment after looking good against Tottenham in the previous game.


Hayden Mullins
Very quiet, very ineffective.


Christian Dailly
Underrated player in the team. If only the team was made up of 10 Dailly?EUR(TM)s (+ 1 Rob Green). Who would have thought we?EUR(TM)d be saying that?!


Nigel Reo-Coker
Never in the game. Anything but a captain's performance when most needed.


Kyel Reid
See above. Disappointing, especially as this was Reid?EUR(TM)s chance to impress.


Marlon Harewood
Great goal, where was the big man for the following forty-five minutes?


Bobby Zamora
Not happening for the Z-man. The season start seems a long way off.



Substitutes

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Harewood, 51) Had time to change the game, but failed miserably.


Matthew Etherington
(Replaced Reid, 57) Struggled on the left flank following his introduction.


Paul Konchesky
(Replaced McCartney, 69) The norm from the Konch of 2006/2007.


Roy Carroll
Did not play.


Carlton Cole
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, John Paintsil, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Christian Dailly, Nigel Reo-Coker, Kyel Reid, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Marlon Harewood 4                  .

Booked: John Paintsil 30          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Chesterfield: Roche, Bailey, Hazell, Downes, O'Hare, Hall, Niven, Allott, Hurst, Folan, Larkin..

Subs not used: Roche, Bailey, Hazell, Downes, O'Hare, Hall, Niven, Allott, Hurst, Folan, Larkin..

Goals: Larkin (54), Folan (87)..

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: L.Probert.

Attendance: 7,787.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.