Premier League
Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 20th November 2010
by Staff Writer

West Ham are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League - and Avram Grant under serious pressure - after United succumbed meekly to another Anfield defeat.

West Ham - without a win at Anfield since 1963 - are going to have to wait at least another year before breaking their Merseyside hoodoo after producing another miserable performance.

Up against a supposedly weakened Liverpool side, the Hammers were out of the game by half time - yet could consider themselves somewhat fortunate to be going into the break only three goals behind.

With Liverpool - minus talisman Steven Gerrard - given the freedom to roam by a West Ham side content to sat back and concede possession, only making challenges in the final third of the pitch, former Hammer Glen Johnson struck the first blow when he fired home from inside the penalty box as United - missing star player Scott Parker through illness - once again failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Leaving no doubt as to which team missed their most important player most, it was 2-0 shortly before the half hour mark when Danny Gabbidon somehow managed to handball twice inside the penalty box; Dirk Kuyt firing home from the spot to double Liverpool's lead.

A third was added seven minutes ahead of the half time break when the Hammers were once again guilty of conceding possession in a dangerous area; another former Hammer, Paul Konchesky sent the ball in from out wide where an unmarked Rodriguez guided the ball beyond a helpless Rob Green. The travelling support responsded with a rousing chorus of 'that's why we're going down' as the half time whistle blew.

The second half saw a slightly improved performance - but as in the recent home defeat to Chelsea, it's easy to look a better side once the opposition have taken their foot off the pedal. Despite that Grant's side managed just one shot on target in the entire match - whilst Liverpool, who have likewise endured a shocking start to the season, produced 12.

The pressure on Grant - and those who employed him during the summer - raises yet another notch. Next up for the Hammers are fellow strugglers Wigan who visit the Boleyn next weekend for yet another 'win at all costs' fixture.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
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Lars Jacobsen
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Herita Ilunga
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Danny Gabbidon
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Matthew Upson
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Radoslav Kovac
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Mark Noble
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Luis Boa Morte
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Carlton Cole
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Victor Obinna
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Frederic Piquionne
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Pablo Barrera
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Benni McCarthy
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James Tomkins
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Marek Stech
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Winston Reid
Did not play.

Frank Nouble
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Herita Ilunga, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Radoslav Kovac, Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: None.

Booked: Mark Noble           .

Sent off: None.

Liverpool: Reina, Konchesky, Carragher, Skrtel, Johnson, Rodriguez, Raul Meireles, Kuyt, Poulsen, Torres, Ngog.

Subs not used: Kyrgiakos, Kelly, Eccleston, Jones.

Goals: Johnson (18), Kuyt (pen 27), Rodriguez (38).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 43,024.

Man of the Match: Lars Jacobsen.