Premier League
West Ham United 0 Liverpool 3

Saturday, 9th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

You’d expect at least one side in a match that ends up with a 3-0 scoreline to be overjoyed at the result. Not this one.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Unlucky with goals two and three. No chance with the first.


Lucas Neill
Partially at fault for the first and never quite seemed comfortable.


Herita Ilunga
Okish defensively but failed to link up in any meaningful way with Stanislas.


James Tomkins
Wasn?EUR(TM)t at all fazed by having to deal with Torres.


Matthew Upson
According to the ladies I sit near, the highlight of his match was his having to change shorts. Me? Having my view of the incident blocked by Ges Steinbergs was slightly the lesser of two evils.


Mark Noble
Best game in ages ?EUR" as if he took the presence and hype about Divin?EUR(TM) Steve G as a personal insult.


Radoslav Kovac
Not great. Failed to track back for the first and his passing left much to be desired.


Junior Stanislas
Struggled to make any impact on the left and, when given an option, invariably took the wrong one.


Luis Boa Morte
Was fouled so often by the visitors you?EUR(TM)d think he was our prime danger man. Got absolutely no protection from the officials.


Diego Tristan
The better of our two strikers on the day. Still poor.


David Di Michele
The dive was embarrassing. Unfortunately it matched the rest of his play on the day.



Substitutes

Jack Collison
(Replaced Stanislas, 59 mins) Looked decent enough in the half-hour he was on and, assuming he?EUR(TM)s not injured himself in the meantime, I?EUR(TM)d start him up at Goodison.


Fred Sears
(Replaced Di Michele, 70 mins) Requires service. Received none.


Josh Payne
(Replaced Boa Morte, 80 mins) Nice to see the youngsters getting some match time but the likelihood of his being able to affect a match that had long since gone was minimal.


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


Jonathan Spector
Did not play.


Walter Lopez
Did not play.


Savio Nsereko
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Radoslav Kovac, Junior Stanislas, Luis Boa Morte, Diego Tristan, David Di Michele.

Goals: None.

Booked: James Tomkins 21 Luis Boa Morte 38 Radoslav Kovac 43 Davi Di Michele 43    .

Sent off: None.

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Lucas, Mascherano, Benayoun, Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres.

Subs not used: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Degen, Ngog.

Goals: .

Booked: Aurelio (50), Mascherano (76).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Alan Wiley.

Attendance: 34,951.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.