Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Fulham 

Saturday, 2nd October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

A little bit after the Lord Mayor's show this one. After the heroics of the previous week this was always going to be a test of temperament and so it proved to be.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Three really good saves ?EUR" it'd be nice for us if he told Capello where to stick his England place thus keeping him away from injury.

Lars Jacobsen
A bit like the District Line ?EUR" you wonder how we ever got by without a proper right-back.

Danny Gabbidon
Beginning to settle in nicely at left-back. Unlucky to be booked for a nothing challenge.

Matthew Upson
We were debating the destination of the MOTM award post-match. Upson got my vote but it was a close run thing.

Manuel Da Costa
His early season absences are baffling ?EUR" not only did he have a fine game but, as I've mentioned before, he gets the best out of Upson.

Scott Parker
Another decent shift ?EUR" though the number of bookings he picks up is sometimes a worry. However, you simply can't legislate for refereeing as bad as Marriner's ?EUR" the yellow card issued in this match was simply a joke.

Mark Noble
Another good steady performance. The rest he managed to get this summer is clearly doing him the power of good.

Luis Boa Morte
After last week's fine effort he failed to impress this time out. An easy short ball to Obinna led to the goal but his passing was poor this week and he failed to register much otherwise.

Pablo Barrera
Some good touches but guilty of wasting a glorious chance when others were better placed.

Victor Obinna
Another who showed some good touches ?EUR" not least for the goal. However wasted some good opportunities for crosses.

Frederic Piquionne
Good runout, good goal ?EUR" at last we have a decent threat from corners.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Failed to impress in the 20 minutes or so he was on the pitch.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Herita Ilunga
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Benni McCarthy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Manuel Da Costa, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte, Pablo Barrera, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: Frederic Piquionne 51                  .

Booked: Danny Gabbidon 2 Scott Parker 32 Matthew Upson 65      .

Sent off: None.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Calcido, Hangeland, Hughes, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Johnson, Dempsey.

Subs not used: Etheridge, Pantsil, Greening, Halliche.

Goals: Dempsey (33).

Booked: Etuhu (36).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 34,190.

Man of the Match: Matthew Upson.