West Ham United 0 Cardiff City 1
Sunday, 7th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower
Remember last time we were here and every match was a cup final for the opposition? Get used to it guys.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
A couple of smart saves. Possibly might have done a bit better for the goal maybe.
Joey O Brien
Decent start from the Irishman, a particularly good run in the first half suggests that this might be one of the bosses shrewder signings.
Looked ok ?EUR" for about an hour. Ran out of steam alarmingly quickly and we?EUR(TM)ll draw a quiet veil over the goal shall we.
Decent 90 for the centre half who will score from a corner one day proving me right. Sterner tests than today?EUR(TM)s will come however.
Much better than some of his horror shows last season suggested. Again there will be harder matches for him this season.
A bit in and out of the match. One fine run in the second half was spoilt by a reluctance to end the move with a shot.
Much debate about the Footballer Of The Year?EUR(TM)s performance in this one. As suggested above he seemed to do better when Nolan was having a quiet spell. Can they do well together? I suspect it?EUR(TM)s not a question we?EUR(TM)ll have to consider for much longer.
Decent first half. Faded a bit in the second half. Seemed to play well when Parker was having quiet moments and vice-versa which raises the question as to whether they can be effective together.
Sometimes the sponsors select a man of the match in such a manner as to suggest that the corporate hospitality has been enjoyed in amounts that preclude rational decision-making. This was not one of those occasions, Decent Debut and was unlucky not to open his account.
The fact is that I couldn?EUR(TM)t tell if he was supposed to be playing as a fifth midfielder or a second striker. The fact that he didn?EUR(TM)t seem to be performing either role particularly well was telling.
Looked interested in spells, bored in others.
(Replaced Noble, 74 mins) Looked lively in the 15 minutes or so he was given.
(Replaced Piquionne, 75 mins) Put himself about a bit for a quarter of an hour but the threat wasn?EUR(TM)t much different from that provided by the player he replaced.
(Replaced Sears, 82 mins) A couple of late touches but could have done better with his late header.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O Brien, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor, Fred Sears, Frederic Piquionne.
Sent off: None.
Cardiff City: David Marshall, Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Anthony Gerrard, Andrew Taylor, Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Peter Whittingham, Craig Conway, Robert Earnshaw, Kenny Miller.
Subs not used: Tom Heaton, Paul Quinn, Jon Parkin.
Goals: Kenny Miller (90).
Booked: Anthony Gerrard (78).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Howard Webb.
Man of the Match: Matthew Taylor.