Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Birmingham City 

Sunday, 6th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

This was a deeply disappointing match for a variety of reasons, not least the events of the previous 24 hours in which key results in other matches did us no favours at all.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Barely tested by the visitors. No chance with the goal.

Lars Jacobsen
An improved performance going forward where the beginnings of a partnership with O'Neill is beginning to form. A couple of dodgy moments defensively though.

Wayne Bridge
Another showing a bit of an improvement. That's what a quiet night in will do for you.

Matthew Upson
Was coping well with Zigic until his injury time-bomb finally exploded.

Winston Reid
Well a run in the first team is doing him good but I'd still prefer it if we didn't have to rely on him.

Scott Parker
Not his usual self I'm afraid.

Mark Noble
Another out of sorts in the middle.

Gary O'Neill
Beginning to bed down well and, as mentioned, the partnership with Jacobsen is beginning to gel.

Victor Obinna
Most of what was good came from him and the recent boost in confidence his goals have brought was there for all to see. Still needs to work on shot/pass selection.

Frederic Piquionne
Won a couple of headers but showed little threat.

Robbie Keane
Lively and inventive on occasion we can only speculate how he might have played if actually fit.


Manuel Da Costa
(Replaced Upson, 46 mins) Obinna apart, he produced our biggest threat in the second half. Which is rather sad really.

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Piquionne, 59 mins) First touch sometimes good sometimes bad. The usual.

Demba Ba
(Replaced Keane, 75 mins) A couple of good touches and was unlucky not to score. Not quite up to pace yet I'd say.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Julien Faubert
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Fred Sears
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Wayne Bridge, Matthew Upson, Winston Reid, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Gary O'Neill, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne, Robbie Keane.

Goals: None.

Booked: Mark Noble 40 Victor Obinna 90 Manuel Da Costa 90      .

Sent off: None.

Birmingham City: Foster , Ridgewell, Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Bowyer, Bentley, Ferguson, Gardner, Jerome, Zigic .

Subs not used: Phillips, Beausejour, Doyle, Murphy, Davies, Fahey .

Goals: Zigic (65).

Booked: Foster (74).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 32,927.

Man of the Match: Victor Obinna.