West Ham United 4 Portsmouth 3
Saturday, 10th September 2011
by Gordon Thrower
It’s never dull around here, is it!
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Player RatingsRobert Green
One decent save, no chance with the goals, not really tested otherwise.
Solid again. Showed exactly how you should play if you?EUR(TM)ve picked up an early booking.
Another decent if unspectacular ninety. Beginning to look a bit fitter.
Looking good. Even the late introduction of another beanpole striker didn?EUR(TM)t seem to disrupt his afternoon.
Already looking at picking up 'most improved player' plaudits. A little less assured this week but stuck at it well.
MOTM for me. Showed Nolan how to ignore being constantly fouled. Tigerish but fair in the tackle and the penalty was well taken. It was almost as if the departure of a certain person had freed his mind.
A fine debut. Deserved the goal and impressed throughout. Much better off with us than sticking around Arsenal?EUR(TM)s relegation battle.
Not quite as influential as he can be, he was a yellow waiting to happen as he was rather cynically targeted from the opening seconds. Calmed down after the card eventually came.
Always a threat from dead balls, well-taken (albeit deflected) free-kick and it was his cross that led to the fourth (or fifth if you were operating the video scoreboard.
When you look at it this is probably the first time that Faubert has had a proper run in his usual position in the side. The benefits are there for all to see.
A fine example of the target man?EUR(TM)s art. Held the ball up well throughout and took the goal well.
(Replaced Cole, 68) Nice cameo, better is to come.
(Replaced Cole, 85) A couple of good touches but was desperately unlucky to see red after Halford?EUR(TM)s antics.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O'Brien, George McCartney, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Henri Lansbury, Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor, Julien Faubert, Carlton Cole.
Goals: Matthew Taylor 9 Henri Lansbury 53 Mark Noble 72 Carlton Cole 76 .
Booked: Joey O'Brien 14 Kevin Nolan 48 .
Sent Off: Frederic Piquionne 90 .
Portsmouth: Jamie Ashdown, Aaron Mokoena, Jason Pearce, Greg Halford, Tal Ben-Haim, Liam Lawrence, Hayden Mullins, David Norris, Luke Varney, Erik Huseklepp, Benjani Mwaruwari..
Subs not used: Stephen Henderson, Ricardo Rocha, Nwankwo Kanu.
Goals: Luke Varney (8), David Norris (60), Greg Halford (90+6).
Booked: Aaron Mokoena (20), Liam Lawrence (27), Luke Varney (40), Hayden Mullins (57).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Roger East.
Man of the Match: Mark Noble.