Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 West Ham United 2

Saturday, 15th August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

I wish I had a pound for every time over the years that I nearly didn’t go to a match and ended up being glad I’d made the effort. This was one of those times.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Five fine saves made a difference.


Julien Faubert
Not quite the world-conquering performance some were saying post-match ?EUR" he was caught out defensively a few times in the first half. However, it was without a doubt his best performance to date for us and he always posed a threat going forward.


Herita Ilunga
Decent runout until the head injury left him looking a trifle unsteady.


James Collins
Won just about everything in the air. And on the ground.


Matthew Upson
Fine performance at the back capped off with a goal. Somebody hide him behind the sofa until the window closes.


Mark Noble
Quality performance ?EUR" maturing nicely. Let?EUR(TM)s hope he continues to keep his head next weekend.


Scott Parker
Good calming influence in the middle.


Jack Collison
A quiet game ?EUR" and really ought to have scored.


Kieron Dyer
Good to see him start ?EUR" showed some nice touches.


Luis Jimenez
Another one who had a quiet start ?EUR" though there were signs that he will be a useful addition once he gets used to life in the Premier League.


Carlton Cole
Got stronger as the match wore on ?EUR" despite developing a worrying limp in the second half. Can claim some credit for the second.



Substitutes

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Ilunga, 65 mins) Caught in possession too often for my liking.


Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Dyer, 73 mins) Came on and posed a different sort of threat than Dyer had previously. Keen to run at his defender.


Frank Nouble
(Replaced Cole, 90+3 mins) What can you say about 30 seconds? Er, big lad isn?EUR(TM)t he.


Peter Kurucz
Did not play.


Danny Gabbidon
Did not play.


Josh Payne
Did not play.


Zavon Hines
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Jack Collison, Kieron Dyer, Luis Jimenez, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Mark Noble 22 Matthew Upson 69                .

Booked: None booked           .

Sent off: None.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Ward, Halford, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Keogh, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs not used: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Surman, Jones.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 28,674.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.