Premier League
West Ham United 2 Fulham 2

Sunday, 4th October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Another two points dropped - and we were damned lucky it wasn’t more.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A couple of good saves were eclipsed by a couple of howlers. Whilst I can understand a reluctance to go to the Ukraine, South Africa is quite nice in places and it?EUR(TM)d be a shame to miss out because of days like these.


Julien Faubert
Good defensively but the crosses lacked penetration.


Herita Ilunga
Got into some decent positions in the second half but seemed to develop a cloak of invisibility as far as his team-mates were concerned.


James Tomkins
One of the few to emerge from the afternoon with any credit. About time one of those headers hit the target though.


Matthew Upson
Though I thought the penalty was harsh he wasn?EUR(TM)t at his best today.


Scott Parker
Average first half. Poor second.


Mark Noble
Decent first half. Back to his recent lack of form in the second.


Luis Jimenez
Largely anonymous ?EUR" I can only remember his booking.


Alessandro Diamanti
Was at least trying to create something but too often shot when he should have passed and vice-versa.


Zavon Hines
Towards the end of the first half it looked like he was in for a stormer. Suffered from the same cloak of invisibility as Ilunga in the second period.


Carlton Cole
Good header for the goal. Held the ball up well but the lack of support told in the second.



Substitutes

Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Hines, 72 mins) Got fed up with nobody feeding him on the left so he came inside. Just as well.


Valon Behrami
(Replaced Parker, 72 mins) Decent 25 minutes or so. Hope his injury problems are behind him.


Peter Kurucz
Did not play.


Jonathan Spector
Did not play.


Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.


Josh Payne
Did not play.


Frank Nouble
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Luis Jimenez, Alessandro Diamanti, Zavon Hines, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 24 Junior Stanislas 90                .

Booked: Scott Parker 39 Luis Jimenez 54 Julien Faubert 59      .

Sent off: None.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Hughes, Hangeland, Pantsil, Dikgacoi, Gera, Murphy, Dempsey, Kamara, A.Johnson.

Subs not used: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Greening, Nevland.

Goals: Murphy (47), Gera (57).

Booked: Hangeland (15).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 32,162.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.