FA Cup
West Ham United 1 Middlesbrough 1

Saturday, 14th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

This was a match that saw us out of sorts - but not out of the cup.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One excellent save and a few more comfortable efforts that could be said to have kept us in the cup.


Lucas Neill
Did well to keep his cool in the face of some provocation in the second half. Did ok without Behrami?EUR(TM)s help.


Herita Ilunga
One of the few that didn?EUR(TM)t have an off day. Nice finish for the goal ?EUR" perhaps he could give lessons to one or two of the squad.


James Collins
Out of sorts and lost concentration a couple of times ?EUR" one of which as the goal.


Matthew Upson



Scott Parker



Mark Noble
A silly booking and also guilty of giving the ball away too much.


Jack Collison
Probably should have scored in the first half and sometimes guilty of over-elaboration.


Luis Boa Morte
First touch let him down too many times, though to be fair he was far from alone in that respect.


Carlton Cole
Was doing ok if nothing spectacular before injury curtailed his afternoon.


David Di Michele
Well I suppose he was at least trying to get involved but little came off for him. And that miss?EUR?



Substitutes

Diego Tristan
(Replaced Cole, 34 mins) At least DiMichele tried to get the ball back once in a while. Seemed disinterested in getting involved with anything that required movement.


Fred Sears
(Replaced Boa Morte, 49 mins) A lot of running with little service or reward.


Savio Nsereko
(Replaced Noble, 74 mins) Looked quite useful on the ball and gave us an option of running at players that had been lacking until he replaced Noble. Maybe worth a start soon?


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


Walter Lopez
Did not play.


Jonathan Spector
Did not play.


Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.



Match Facts

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

Goals: Herita Ilunga 83                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 45 David Di Michele 87        .

Sent off: None.

Middlesbrough: Jones, Hoyte, Pogatetz, Wheater, Huth, Digard, Johnson, O'Neill, Arca, Downing, Alves.

Subs not used: Turnbull, Emnes, Bates, McMahon, Bennett.

Goals: Downing (22).

Booked: O'Neill (82).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Peter Walton.

Attendance: 33,658.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.