Premier League
West Ham United 2 Birmingham City 0

Wednesday, 10th February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Ok, the feeling has returned to my fingers so I can just about start to type again. Those of you who were there will be aware that it was cold. Snow had been falling and it was probably nippier than the day the Wolves game had been postponed.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One good save first half, one rush of blood in the second. Largely untested in between.


Julien Faubert
Superb cross for the goal but got it horribly wrong a bit later when he tried to repeat the effort.


Herita Ilunga
Combined well with Diamanti in the first half before injury curtailed his part in the proceedings.


Matthew Upson
Looked much the steadier of the two centre halves on the night.


James Tomkins
A bit nervy in the first half but gained confidence as the match progressed.


Scott Parker
Bossed the midfield nicely and his run that led to the first goal was superb. MOTM for me.


Radoslav Kovac
Got his foot in well but please somebody tell him how to pass.


Valon Behrami
Put another few miles on the milometer and played his part in the second goal.


Alessandro Diamanti
A constant threat in the first half, he actually got through a fair bit of defensive work in the second period where he helped out Spector well.


Mido
A decent start to his Hammers career. Still a bit rusty but there were encouraging signs there.


Carlton Cole
Got better as the game went on and both started and finished the move that gave us the second.



Substitutes

Jonathan Spector



Ilan
(Replaced Mido, 66 mins) A bit quiet when replacing Minimum Wage but appears to have a good touch on the ball and brought others into the game well.


Mark Noble
(Replaced Parker, 86 mins) Not really on for long enough to make a difference ?EUR" the rest was much-needed in my opinion.


Marek Stech
Did not play.


Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.


Jack Collison
Did not play.


Junior Stanislas
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Matthew Upson, James Tomkins, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Valon Behrami, Alessandro Diamanti, Mido, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Alessandro Diamanti 45 Carlton Cole 67                .

Booked: Matthew Upson 62          .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Birmingham City: Hart, Ridgewell, Carr, Dann, Gardner, Johnson, Bowyer, Fahey, Ferguson, Jerome, Phillips.

Subs not used: M Taylor, Larsson, Vignal, Parnaby, Jervis.

Goals: None.

Booked: Bowyer (43), Dann (45).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,458.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.