Premiership
West Ham United 3 Bolton Wanderers 1

Saturday, 5th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

It’s probably the most obvious and often asked question in the world at the moment but I’m going to ask it anyway. How can a side that plays that well possibly be in any danger of relegation? It’s something that even the copious amount of alcohol intake yesterday has failed to square in my addled brain.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One fine save. Unsighted for the goal. Held onto just about every cross but wasn?EUR(TM)t really tested.


Lucas Neill
The vibes from the ground are that he will be staying whatever the outcome of the relegation battle. Hope so. A good solid game.


George McCartney
A decent run as part of a settled defence has done wonders for both his form and his confidence. Much improved and got forward well.


Anton Ferdinand
Beginning to build a nice partnership with Ginge and coped surprisingly well with the aerial onslaught. Another beneficiary of the arrival of a settled back four line-up.


James Collins
Another good strong match from our resident Swan Vesta impersonator who looked like he enjoyed every minute.


Mark Noble
Being caught in possession for the Bolton goal was the only real blemish on another fine performance. And what a goal. Hopefully now a fixture in the side.


Nigel Reo-Coker
Another much-improved performance. Got stuck in well and his distribution is beginning to get better as well.


Yossi Benayoun
Another who is finally beginning to attain the level of form he reached on occasions last year. Watching him and Tevez in tandem is a delight.


Luis Boa Morte
After an uncertain start in claret & blue he?EUR(TM)s now beginning to do the things that he was signed to do. His role in the second goal was similar to that in the third up at Wigan ?EUR" a short but ideal pass to enable a better placed team-mate to score.


Carlos Tevez
Marvellous. With all the nonsense that been spoken about him over the past few weeks he?EUR(TM)s just got on with his job and displays like this a joy to behold. Mind you as Curbishley pointed out it probably helps that he doesn?EUR(TM)t speak the language!


Bobby Zamora
Didn?EUR(TM)t score but this was a performance full of heart and running. The crowd recognised it too as the generous applause on his departure confirmed.



Substitutes

Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Zamora, 67) Caused all sorts of problems in the half hour he was on. Unlucky not to score.


Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Boa Morte, 79) A solid if unremarkable few minutes.


Hayden Mullins
(Replaced Reo-Coker, 86) Another solid if unremarkable few minutes.


Calum Davenport
Did not play.


Carlton Cole
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Mark Noble, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Luis Boa Morte, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Carlos Tevez 10 Carlos Tevez 21 Mark Noble 29              .

Booked: Bobby Zamora 55 Mark Noble 90        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Michalik, Meite, Campo, Gardner, Thompson, Speed, Teymourian, Nolan, David, Anelka.

Subs not used: Walker, Tal.

Goals: Speed (66).

Booked: Thompson (), Gardner (), Nolan (), Davis (), Speed ().

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Riley.

Attendance: 34,404.

Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez.