Premier League
West Ham United 5 Burnley 3

Saturday, 28th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

To think that, before kick-off, I had genuine concerns that this would be a 0-0 draw!



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Barely had a shot to save but, thanks to those in front of him, let in three goals.


Jonathan Spector
Did well in winning the first penalty but still looks the sort of player you only pick when someone better isn?EUR(TM)t available.


Herita Ilunga
Some good stuff early on but caught out of position a few times second half. Notably for the third goal.


Manuel Da Costa
Like Gabbidon he went from comfortable to dodgy once Burnley introduced a second striker.


Danny Gabbidon
Recovered from a shaky start to look ok for much of the game ?EUR" until Burnley went with two up front.


Scott Parker
Best player on the pitch by a country mile. Personally I see him as more of a captain than Upson.


Radoslav Kovac
One of his better games. Kept it simple and his ball through to Spector for the first penalty was excellent.


Jack Collison
Quick thinking and composure for the goal but guilty of failing to help out Spector in the second half.


Junior Stanislas
Nice finish for the goal - and a fine delivery from the free-kick for Franco?EUR(TM)s.


Guillermo Franco
Good game. Some of his chest control was superb. Looked good in the air and held the ball up well.


Carlton Cole
Given that we were 3-0 up at half time when he was withdrawn through injury, I?EUR(TM)m hoping his substitution was precautionary in nature. Make that praying.



Substitutes

Zavon Hines
(Replaced Cole, 46 mins) Though he wasn?EUR(TM)t at his most dominant, better and more honest officiating might have seen him win two more penalties.


Luis Jimenez
(Replaced Franco, 60 mins) Good run for the penalty which he duly converted for his first goal for the club. However, coming as he did into a match when 4-0 up, I was hoping for a bit more from him.


Julien Faubert
(Replaced Collison, 77 mins) Some good stuff going forward but, like Collison before, seemed a bit lacking defensively.


Peter Kurucz
Did not play.


James Tomkins
Did not play.


Mark Noble
Did not play.


Frank Nouble
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Herita Ilunga, Manuel Da Costa, Danny Gabbidon, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Jack Collison, Junior Stanislas, Guillermo Franco, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Jack Collison 18 Junior Stanislas 33 Carlton Cole 43 Guillermo Franco 51 Luis Jimenez 64          .

Booked: Radoslav Kovac 64 Herita Ilunga 84        .

Sent off: None.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Eagles, Alexander, Bikey, Elliott, Blake, Fletcher.

Subs not used: Penny, Duff, Gudjonsson, Thompson.

Goals: Fletcher (68, 74), Eagles (90+5).

Booked: Jensen (90).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 34,003.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.