Premier League
West Ham United 3 Liverpool 1

Sunday, 27th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Oh joy. Deep, unbounded joy. With knobs on. I think that sort of sums it up really.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Unemployed for the first period he weighed in with three fine saves in the second half.

Lars Jacobsen
Ah the joys of having a proper right back at right back!

Wayne Bridge
Not quite there in the first half but improved as the game wore on in the second.

James Tomkins
A fine game marred only slightly by the mess up with Jacobsen for their goal.

Matthew Upson
If that?EUR(TM)s him playing with injury let?EUR(TM)s give him a good kicking! An excellent performance with the bonus of the fact that Tomkins always seems more comfortable alongside him.

Scott Parker
Outstanding. Doubly so considering the severity of his injury. Fine goal and for once the sponsors got it right. MOTM.

Mark Noble
Another who ran his socks off. I Like the look of him with Hitz and Parker in the middle.

Thomas Hitzlsperger
So that?EUR(TM)s what we?EUR(TM)ve been missing!

Gary O'Neill
A good game ?EUR" though not in an eye-catching way. Lots of hard work off the ball and the cross for Ba was perfect.

Frederic Piquionne
Like O?EUR(TM)Neil his performance was of the off the ball variety, especially second half when he played a more withdrawn role.

Demba Ba
The leggy one always looked dangerous and took his goal really well.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Ba, 88 mins) A high mark for five minutes work perhaps but in those five minutes he did all that was required ?EUR" and much, much more.

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced O'Neil, 78 mins) Came on and did a job.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Winston Reid
Did not play.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.

Zavon Hines
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Wayne Bridge, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Gary O'Neill, Frederic Piquionne, Demba Ba.

Goals: Scott Parker 22 Demba Ba 45 Carlton Cole 90              .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent off: None.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel , Kelly, Wilson, Johnson, Gerrard, Meireles, Lucas, Kuyt, Suarez.

Subs not used: Rodriguez, Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Spearing, Poulsen.

Goals: Johnson (84).

Booked: Skrtel (7).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 34,941.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.