Chelsea 1 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 18th November 2006
by East Stand Martin
As far as I was concerned today, we emerged with a creditable 0-0 draw. This was down to the fact that those educationally sub-normal f*ckwits at Transport for London kindly stranded me at Green Park tube station and I missed the only goal of the game.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
Surprisingly rarely called into action although he won't be happy with his positioning for the free-kick.
Had a fairly decent games against one of the world's trickiest wingers. Rarely had the opportunity to burst forward.
Defended solidly although made little impact when pushed up late on in the game.
A couple of lapses in concentration could have proved costly but for Chelsea's profligacy in front of goal.
Another solid performace, last year's POTY is rapidly finding his form.
Worked extremely hard and made his fair share of tackles.
Ran into a number of blind alleys when in possession and provided little in the final third of the field.
Struggled to get into the game, although against one of the best midfields in the world; nothing to be ashamed of.
Ethers worked hard on the flank although all too often the final delivery was sub-standard.
He's played on the left, today he was on the right - not bad for someone who apparently thrives on playing down the middle. Worked very hard for little gain.
Absolutely worked his socks off - but didn't manage a single shot on goal.
(Replaced Zamora, 71) Never really at the races after coming on with 20 to play.
(Replaced Bowyer, 81) Anonymous, barely had a touch.
(Replaced Etherington, 81) Made a few late bursts down the flank but again the delivery was poor.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.
Booked: Danny Gabbidon 21 Nigel Reo-Coker 68 Hayden Mullins 71 Carlos Tevez 74 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Chelsea: Cudicini, Geremi, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Essien, Lampard, Robben, Drogba, Shevchenko..
Subs not used: Hilario, Wright-Phillips..
Goals: Geremi (22)..
Booked: Lampard (18)..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.