West Ham United 2 Derby County 1
Saturday, 19th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower
A well-organised team playing the stuff we know and love in stunning and spectacular fashion. Yup the Australian Pink Floyd Show’s gig at the Albert Hall on Tuesday night was certainly a gig to remember. West Ham United v Derby County on the other hand….
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Player RatingsRobert Green
For long periods was bothered by little more than back-passes. However, he made two good saves when required.
Ok but his distribution was a bit off-key from time to time.
Not too bad in his less-familiar central role but I?EUR(TM)d hope that Upson might be fit sooner rather than later for the sterner tests that are to follow.
A couple of early passes aside this was a useful home debut. Not afraid to put himself about up front either when set pieces merit.
Busy ninety minutes for the youngster who at times ran the show in the middle.
Seems to have reduced his habit of turning back into trouble when there?EUR(TM)s an easy ball on ?EUR" though the once or twice that he did it today was still once or twice too many for my liking.
Early on he kept picking the wrong pass but he did improve as the game progressed and played a vital role in setting up the winner.
One shot and a couple of good crosses but disappeared from view for too long for my liking.
Nice touch for the goal. Horrible touch for the rest of the match.
Looked dangerous on the few occasions we played the ball to his feet or into areas to give him a run. Only we didn?EUR(TM)t do that enough, so he spent much of the game hidden by the sort of invisibility field much beloved of rotten sci-fi writers.
(replaced Sears, 74) Made one very telling and important touch. And a few more ordinary ones.
(replaced Faubert, 78) A few good runs down the left though you?EUR(TM)d rather have had him in the middle.
Luis Boa Morte
(replaced Ljungberg, 90+2) Not really on for long enough to make a contribution, though from the booing that heralded his arrival you?EUR(TM)d have been forgiven for thinking that all that had been bad in the previous 90 minutes had been his fault.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, John Paintsil, George McCartney, Lucas Neill, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Freddie Ljungberg, Julien Faubert, Bobby Zamora, Fred Sears.
Goals: Bobby Zamora 20 Carlton Cole 78 .
Booked: Mark Noble 80 .
Sent off: None.
Derby County: Carroll, Mears, Stubbs, Todd, Leacock, Jones, Ghaly, Savage, Lewis, Sterjovski, Miller.
Subs not used: Price, Moore, Feilhaber.
Goals: Mears (65).
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Robert Green.