Premier League
West Ham United 0-3 Sunderland 

Sunday, 22nd May 2011
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Dealt with the long range stuff comfortably enough. No chance with any of the goals.

Jordan Spence
Not afraid to push forward, this wasn?EUR(TM)t a match that saw him heavily tested defensively.

Wayne Bridge
Last seen an hour after the final whistle still fiddling with his iPhone. Some good crossfield passes but highly culpable for the first goal.

James Tomkins
Was doing ok until his untimely injury. The beneficiary of a chant containing the dubious rhyme of 'East Lon-don' with 'better than Up-son'...

Danny Gabbidon
Guilty of being as anonymous as an 'unnamed Premier League footballer' for the second goal when he backed away from Sessegnon rather than getting a block in.

Thomas Hitzlsperger
If rumours are true he?EUR(TM)s willing to stick around for a while despite relegation. Not his best game ?EUR" he was guilty of allowing one or two a bit too much space from time to time ?EUR" but if he does stay a full pre-season will make all the difference.

Jack Collison
Got the sponsors?EUR(TM) MOTM award and for me that was just about right. Another who will benefit from a full pre-season.

Fred Sears
A lively 90 minutes from the Young Hammer Of The Year who may find next season at the lower level to his liking.

Luis Boa Morte
Chasing shadows for much of the match. I suspect that next season we?EUR(TM)ll have found his level if he?EUR(TM)s still about.

Frederic Piquionne
Won a lot in the air and made some good runs but never quite seemed on the same wavelength as his strike partner.

Zavon Hines
Showed pace from time to time channelled it down too many blind alleys to be effective.


Lars Jacobsen
(Replaced Tomkins, 54 mins) Replaced Tomkns and did well enough until the 93rd minute when, in common with the rest of the defence he had already gone to check-in at Stansted.

Victor Obinna
(Replaced Hines, 54 mins) Probably another who is off shortly. His performance matched his season. Lots of running about with little result.

Scott Parker
(Replaced Boa Morte, 60 mins) Goodbye and good luck.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Dylan Tombides
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jordan Spence, Wayne Bridge, James Tomkins, Danny Gabbidon, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Jack Collison, Fred Sears, Luis Boa Morte, Frederic Piquionne, Zavon Hines.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Onuoha, Sessegnon, Elmohamady, Zenden, Henderson, Colback, Malbranque, Gyan.

Subs not used: Knott, Noble, Adams, Lynch, Carson.

Goals: Zenden (17), Sessegnon (51), Riveros (90).

Booked: Malbranque, Bardsley.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 32,792.

Man of the Match: Jack Collison.