Premier League
West Ham United 2 Hull City 0

Wednesday, 28th January 2009
by John Simkin

Francis Bacon once said that “hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper”. After the game Zola and Clarke went into a two-man huddle and had a quiet chat. There was a look of satisfaction on their faces and it would seem that they are gradually producing a team that should provide a diet of success for the long-suffering Upton Park fans.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Very little to do but an excellent save from Bullard in the 5th minute.


Lucas Neill
Hull played without wide men he had little to do in defence. Provided some good crosses in the first-half.


Herita Ilunga
Never troubled in defence and spent most of the time going forward.


James Collins
Dealt competently with everything that came to him.


Matthew Upson
Was not really tested but his defensive headers were impressive and he played an important part in the second goal.


Scott Parker
At the centre of everything that went on in midfield. He is the player we must not lose in the transfer window.


Mark Noble
Developing a great partnership with Parker at the centre of midfield. Poor spot-kick but was unlucky with a delightful chip in the 78th minute.


Jack Collison
A player I love watching. His upright stance reminds me of Brooking. Has the potential to be as good as Carrick. Let us hope we keep this one.


Valon Behrami
Hunted down the Hull midfielders whenever they had the ball. Another very impressive performance by this workaholic.


Carlton Cole
Scored in his fifth consecutive league game and therefore equalled the club record set by Tony Cottee in the 1985-86 season. Although he missed four other good chances, his all round play makes him one of the most difficult strikers to play against in the Premier League.


David Di Michele
Hit the post twice and scored a simple tap in. More importantly, he worked hard for the team and provided some good passes to Cole.



Substitutes

Julien Faubert
(Replaced Collison, 71 mins) No comments.


Luis Boa Morte
(Replaced Noble, 84 mins) No comments.


Savio Nsereko
(Replaced Di Michele, 87 mins) No comments.


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


James Tomkins
Did not play.


Diego Tristan
Did not play.


Fred Sears
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole, David Di Michele.

Goals: David Di Michele 33 Carlton Cole 50                .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Hull City: Duke, Ricketts, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Marney (Mendy 73), Kilbane, Ashbee, Geovanni, Cousin, Manucho.

Subs not used: Myhill, Garcia, Halmosi, Folan.

Goals: .

Booked: Marney (36).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 34,340.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.