West Ham United 2 Leeds United 2

Sunday, 21st August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Not that I’m an expert on such matters but didn’t there used to be some crappy Aussie soap opera called Home and Away? (If you’ll excuse the double tautology of the words ‘crappy’, ‘Aussie’ and ‘soap opera’). It seems that we have adopted something of a Jekyll and Hyde approach to matches at the moment. Or have we? Professor Thrower, lecturer at the University Of Boleyn (formerly Plaistow Municipal baths) has a theory about that. Of which more later.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
No chance with either of the goals. Made some good saves and looked strong throughout.

Joey O Brien
Another solid run out. Not much else to say really.

Herita Ilunga
Still looks a week link to me. Looks occasionally good going forward but his distribution was weak and he?EUR(TM)s a worry defensively. Hurry up Linda.

James Tomkins
Another fine performance ?EUR" shaded the MOTM award for me.

Winston Reid
Continues to improve. Should have scored perhaps.

Mark Noble
Another so-so match. There are times that he seems unsure of what it is he?EUR(TM)s supposed to be doing alongside Nolan and Parker.

Scott Parker
His best outing of the season by miles. Got the official MOTM bubbly, though it was Tomkins for me.

Kevin Nolan
It seems that when he plays well Parker doesn?EUR(TM)t and vice versa. Good see some on pitch skippering as he gathered players around to organise things whilst play had stopped for an injury.

Matthew Taylor
His dead ball delivery caused problems but I?EUR(TM)d like to have seen more from him in open play.

Jack Collison
Not one of his better days. Much of the match seemed to pass him by.

Carlton Cole
Scored one, should have had a penalty ?EUR" though maybe having done the hard work to get into position if he?EUR(TM)d shot earlier he wouldn?EUR(TM)t have been at the mercy of a muppet ref.


Julien Faubert
(Replaced Collison, 58 mins) Looked lively on the right and played some interesting crosses into the box, one of which led to our second.

John Carew
(Replaced Cole, 67 mins) Opinions are mixed. I thought he held the ball up well myself.

Frederic Piquionne
(Replaced Noble, 82 mins) I couldn?EUR(TM)t work out where he was supposed to be playing.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Pablo Barrera
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O Brien, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor, Jack Collison, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 5 Patrick Kisnorbo (og) 62                .

Booked: James Tomkins 90          .

Sent off: None.

Leeds United: Andy Lonergan, Darren O'Dea, Patrick Kisnorbo, Tom Lees, Max Gradel, Jonathan Howson, Adam Clayton, Robert Snodgrass, Aidan White, Andrew Keogh, Ross McCormack.

Subs not used: Paul Rachubka, Paul Connolly, Andy O'Brien, Lloyd Sam.

Goals: Ross McCormack (59), Adam Clayton (90+1).

Booked: Darren O'Dea (90).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 28,252.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.