Premier League
West Ham United 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

Monday, 16th March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

We’ve been spoilt, haven’t we.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Man of the match almost by default. Fine first half save. Did ok second half despite spending much of it dizzier than a vertigo-sufferer in a skyscraper.


Lucas Neill
Solid enough when moved into the middle after Upson?EUR(TM)s departure, though the suspicion remained that a sterner test might have caused problems.


Herita Ilunga
An off-day. Started with a foul throw and went downhill from there.


James Tomkins
Solid enough defensively but lacked imagination when bringing the ball out of defence.


Matthew Upson
Was doing ok until the calf gave out.


Scott Parker
Ok at winning the ball but gave it away far too much.


Radoslav Kovac
Not quite as adept at winning the ball as Parker. Gave it away as much.


Mark Noble
The lad is clearly well out of sorts at present. A bigger squad might see him given a break but for the foreseeable he?EUR(TM)ll be in the starting line-up.


Savio Nsereko
His mind seemed to be on making an impression rather than the game in hand.


Fred Sears
Lots of running that seemed to come to an abrupt halt as soon as he came anywhere near the box.


David Di Michele
A bit of a ?EUR~mare as they say. Formed no partnership whatsoever with his striking companion.



Substitutes

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Upson, 29 mins) Gave his man far too much time and space. And please could somebody point out that Rugby is the game where you get penalised if the ball goes forward.


Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Savio, 68 mins) A couple of promising touches but it was always going to be hard coming into such a dead game.


Luis Boa Morte
(Replaced Noble, 82 mins) Would chase back well, win the ball then lose it.


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


Walter Lopez
Did not play.


John Payne
Did not play.


Diego Tristan
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Mark Noble, Savio Nsereko, Fred Sears, David Di Michele.

Goals: None.

Booked: Savio Nsereko 67          .

Sent off: None.

West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Dorrans, Greening, Brunt, Fortune (Moore 80).

Subs not used: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Bednar.

Goals: None.

Booked: Olsson (83).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 30,842.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.