FA Cup
West Ham United 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Saturday, 6th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Okay, so it was only Brighton. And a team full of kids at that. But three goals is three goals, a clean sheet is a clean sheet and we’re now through to the next round of what I am legally obliged to refer to as “a welcome distraction from the relegation struggle”.



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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
Unemployed for long periods. Not found wanting when required.


Christian Dailly
Got into some good positions at right-back when you?EUR(TM)d be wishing that it was someone else. Slotted in nicely at centre half.


George McCartney
Solid game in defence for Linda who might be beginning to press Konchesky for the starting spot at LB.


Anton Ferdinand
Was doing ok prior to the untimely injury.


Danny Gabbidon
Solid and comfortable in what might be a useful confidence-builder before more sterner tests to come.


Hayden Mullins



Mark Noble
Bossed midfield and enjoyed his well-taken goal.


Yossi Benayoun
Enjoyed and made good use of the time and space afforded to him.


Luis Boa Morte
Useful start to his career as a Hammer with a hand in two goals ?EUR" three if you credit him with Newton?EUR(TM)s cross for the third like Paul Merson did on the box earlier on!


Carlton Cole
A rare start saw him win a lot in the air and he took his volley nicely.


Carlos Tevez
A fine match, particularly second half when that air of anticipation accompanied every touch. I don?EUR(TM)t see him day-in day-out like the management but based on this performance I?EUR(TM)d like to see him start against Fulham.



Substitutes

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Ferdinand, 44) Not the hardest 46 minutes he?EUR(TM)ll ever have but was solid enough.


Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Cole, 68) Given 20 minutes against his old club but failed to cause them too many problems.


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Boa Morte, 73) A lively 10 minutes or so containing a shot and a cross for the third.


Robert Green
Did not play.


Teddy Sheringham
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Christian Dailly, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, Yossi Benayoun, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole, Carlos Tevez.

Goals: Mark Noble 49 Carlton Cole 58 Hayden Mullins 90              .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent off: None.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Henderson, El-Abd, O'Cearuill, Lynch, Butters, Mayo, Fraser, Frutos, Hammond, Revell, Robinson.

Subs not used: Kuipers, Carpenter.

Goals: .

Booked: Mayo (15), El-Abd (26).

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Halsey.

Attendance: 32,874.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.